Where were you born?

San Juan, Puerto Rico

When and how did you come to know Jesus Christ?

I came to know Jesus Christ as a child. My parents instilled in me their passion for God at a very young age. By the age of 9 years old, I confessed him as my Lord and Savior.

Describe your personal journey that led you to ordination. Include education, training, mentoring, service, and giftedness.

I began teaching Bible School to children that were part of one of our church ministries when I was 13 years old. Around this time, I also became a leader in the youth and worship ministries. At age 17, God entrusted me to become a Youth Pastor, a Sunday School teacher, and the leader of the Dance and Arts Ministry in our congregation. Two years after, God led me to serve as an Associate pastor. Part of my role included to be in charge of one of the three services our church offered every Sunday. After completing a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Education, God called me to do missionary work overseas. I completed a yearlong internship through Youth With A Mission, a worldwide missionary organization. For two consecutive years I worked with children at risk in Brazil, Colombia, China, and Haiti. Working with children who live in extreme poverty gave me a passion for the younger generation and further clarified God’s calling for my live: to become an agent of restoration for families. After returning from the mission field I worked as an Elementary and High School teacher while I was trying to discern what God wanted to do in me and through me after. In August of 2007, I got married to Arnaldo Soto and we moved to Pasadena, California in order for me to complete graduate studies in Clinical Psychology and Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary. I completed a Master in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Family Studies, a Master in Theology with an emphasis in Intercultural Studies. Eight months ago I finished my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Family Therapy. While completing my education, Arnaldo and served as Associate Pastors of a Hispanic Congregation in Montebello for 4 years. During that time I served as a teacher, member of the worship team, preaching, and providing pastoral counseling. When our senior pastors left to fulfill their call at another congregation, God led us to become the Senior Pastors. God answered our desire to belong to a bigger family by guiding us to join the Free Methodist Church three years ago. For the last two years, we have served as Senior Pastors of Hermon Community Church in Los Angeles. As a bi-vocational pastor, I have also been serving as a Child and Family Therapist through different mental health agencies and hospitals in Los Angeles. I cannot ignore the fact that for the last 17 years the mentorship of men and women of God who saw my gifts and allowed me to use them freely have shaped me. Through them God confirmed my calling and reaffirmed the gifts he has given me to fulfill it. That is why am also passionate about developing leaders among the body of believers. With God’s help I will continue to fulfill this calling.

Describe how you intend to fulfill your ordination vows.

I plan to continue serving within the church in the area of pastoral counseling and leadership development. At the same time, I will continue serving as a clinical psychologist in the community. Finally, my most important calling is to be the best mother and wife I can be through God’s power. I desire that my family get to experience first that love and passion for God that I want to instill in others.

Are there any personal comments you would like to make to the Annual Conference?

I am thankful for the trust, empowerment, and care the Conference has offered to Arnaldo and me.