I would like to share a bit more about me.
As you may have seen in the video I sent, I am an elder who served the Wesley United Methodist Church from 2018 to May 2022 in Marshfield, WI. I came to Wisconsin from New Jersey where I served for 9 years through the National Plan for Hispanic and Latino Ministries (NPHLM), as a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church.
I was born in São Paulo, Brazil, the daughter of Laura and Odilon Magalhães and the sister of 4 brothers and one sister.
I have been active in the church all of my life and became a leader in the Methodist church as a teenager. At 15 I began teaching Sunday School and with the help of a friend started a Sunday school in a poor area of Sao Paulo. Initially there were 7 children attending and within one year there were 160 children
Studying at Capital University in São Paulo, Brazil, my home country, I majored in language with an emphasis on Portuguese and English. I also attended The Methodist University of São Paulo where I earned my degree in theology/divinity. In January 2005, I was consecrated and received my first pastoral appointment in February. As a Pastor in São Paulo, I was blessed learning with the congregation what is true love, care and grace.
Prior to my theological studies, I worked as a teacher and translator for the British Consulate in São Paulo. I also took Bible study courses, missiological courses and a course in cross-cultural communication while living in England.
In my ministry I am called to serve people. I have worked with street kids, in Rio de Janeiro. I have worked with single mothers whose children were the result of rape from fathers or stepfathers in England and counseled over five thousand immigrant victims of domestic-violence in the US.
I am so glad to have said "Yes" to the Lord’s call. He has chosen me to be with awesome people sharing God’s love, healing, and spiritual renewal. I again and again say, "Yes, Lord here I am. Send me!"
Pastor Lourdes Magalhaes