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From the Rector
The Rev. Dr. Jared C. Cramer, SCP
For a little more than a year now, our El Corazón Latino Ministry Initiative has been in a place of transition.
Beginning with the earlier than expected departure of Father John, who resigned last summer, the ministry has continued through the leadership of our two founding families, the Guerrero and Pineda families, and other Latinx members who have continued our worship and ministry. I have also done my best to shoulder more responsibility that had been covered by Father John when he was with us. During that time, José Astua has also been a particularly significant help to me, assisting with preaching from time to time and filling in when I have been away.
Now, after several interviews, a handful of candidates who have visited, and careful discernment, the Vestry has called Luis Valencia to come and serve as our new Latinx Missioner!
Luis comes to us from Louisiana, where he has been in seminary in the Roman Catholic Church. However, his sense of call and identity as a Christian has been in flux for some time. It was our former Children & Youth Coordinator, Luis Hernández who recommended that Luis Valencia take a look at the Latinx ministry at St. John's. (This similarity in name is also why we sometimes call Luis Valencia our Luis 2.0!).
Luis holds the degrees of Bachelor in Psychology and Bachelor of Philosophy, and he has almost completed his Master of Arts in Pastoral Leadership at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. He also has a Certificate of Theological Studies from the Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology in Berkeley, CA, and a certificate in the Intensive Language Program at Language Studies International in Berkeley.
This weekend, Luis will be coming for a final visit. He will be accompanied by his girlfriend, Jennifer, and they are both very much looking forward to spending time with us and exploring the Grand Haven area. Luis will also have an opportunity on Saturday morning to meet with the Rev. Canon Valerie T. Ambrose, so that as the diocese continues to explore more regional collaboration in Latinx ministry, she will have a sense of who our parish is bringing in to lead this work.
Luis will also be preaching at all three services this Sunday morning. That way, everyone will get a chance to get to know him somewhat as he prepares to move to our area. His anticipated start date in his position is December 15.
Please welcome Luis & Jennifer warmly when you see them this weekend. They will add much to our church and will be the beginning of a new chapter of growth for our Latinx ministry at St. John's!
PS~ Please remember this is your LAST WEEK to fill out the FINAL SURVEY in our parish spiritual quest for a new mission, vision, and plan! This final survey lets you look at the several possible paths forward we can take and vote for which action step aligns with your own sense of God's call. Please click here to fill out the survey today!
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