Church Leadership

Hispanic and Multicultural Ministry

First United Methodist Church, Hyattsville, Maryland

Chair, GQ4U Confirmation Task Force (2004-2006)

“God’s Quest for Us” (GQ4U) is a year-long multicultural Confirmation Curriculum. Class topics and schedule are based on the concept of John Wesley’s Way of Salvation and the task of theology to ask the following questions: Who is God?; What did/does/will God do?; What is our response to God? 

 

Confirmation Brochure-Triptico 2005-2006 web edit pg 2

 

As Chair, responsibilities included but were not limited to:

  • Curriculum development, including invitation of professors from Wesley Theological Seminary as seminar leaders
  • Recruitment of Confirmands and involvement of their parents in the program
  • Working with team to prepare and teach weekly activities and quarterly retreats
  • Planning and implementation of overnight Easter Vigil retreat and Pentecost Confirmation day event
  • Involvement of the greater congregation in retreats
  • Pastoral care and visitation of Confirmands and their families
  • Communication of all developments with the congregation through the church bulletin, website, and newsletter
  • Ongoing evaluation and refining of program

Immersion Experiences

2000-2007       Immersion experiences in Nicaragua, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Peru, and Mexico

 

Chair, PATH Visitation Task Force (2007-2008)

Microsoft Word - PATH Ministry pic

 

  • Leadership role in the development and implementation of a multicultural visitation program
  • Recruitment of PATH Visitation Ministers
  • Development of Equipping Seminars for PATH Visitation Ministers
  • Coordination of weekly and emergency visitations
  • Development of a system for people to request visitation for themselves and others through use of the church bulletin, website and newsletter

Pastoral Assistant Experience

  • 2004-2008       Pastoral Assistant, First UMC, Hyattsville, Maryland
  • 2003-2004       Student Pastor, First UMC, Hyattsville, Maryland
  • 2002-2003       Student Pastor, Arlington UMC, Arlington, Virginia

Duties, apart from the GQ4U Confirmation Class and PATH included but were not limited to:

  • Participated in worship in all capacities, including preaching, for services in both English and Spanish
  • Simultaneous translation of sermons from Spanish into English, and occasionally from English into Spanish
  • Provided visitation and counseling
  • Taught Spanish to members of the congregation interested in connecting with the Hispanic population of the church
  • Developed a small group ministry, a Bible Study in Spanish, and a nine-month multicultural Youth Discipleship Class
  • Served on church committees including Church Council and an Ad Hoc Committee on Multiculturalism
  • Developed sensitivity and skill in working in multicultural settings

Other Christian Education Experience

2011-2012       Instructor, Youth Sunday School, Trinity Episcopal Church, Charlottesville, VA

Seminars taught in Spanish in Lima, Peru:

  • “Life in Community: A Response to Crisis, a study of the Gospel of John,” (2004)
  • “The Theology of John Wesley,” (2003)

 

General Church Experience

National Shalom Committee of the Communities of Shalom,
General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church

  • Student Member (1997-2002)
  • Shalom Zone Intern in New Orleans, LA (Summer 1997)

United Methodist Student Movement

  • Leader involved on local, district, conference, and national levels (1995-1999)

 

Clinical Pastoral Education (1 credit), Summer Chaplaincy Intern (2003)

The Plumbline: A Social Justice Alliance, Wesley Theological Seminary, Co-Chair and Member (2001-2004)

St. Mark’s Untied Methodist Church, New Orleans, Louisiana, Youth Leader (1999-2000)