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Juan GuerreroThe Rev. Dr. Juan Eduardo Guerrero Pulido is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries serving as the superintendent of the United Methodist Honduras Mission, based in Tegucigalpa.

United Methodist work in Honduras began in 1998 and was recognized as a formal mission in 2002, focusing on the Spanish-speaking population. By 2012, there were 12 congregations and three emerging worshipping communities, and an acute need for clergy and lay leadership development. Rev. Guerrero's responsibilities are similar to those of a district superintendent.

Rev. Guerrero is a clergy member of the Methodist Church of Colombia, having helped to develop the current denomination in the late 1990s. He began Methodist pastoral work in 1998 and was ordained in 2006. Earlier, he was a farmer and lay pastor in independent churches.

"I began to study theology in the Baptist University in Cali in 1995," he says. "It was there that I came to know John Wesley through his printed sermons. My encounter with Wesley was an enlightening experience. I wanted to become a Methodist, but I could find no Methodists in Colombia." He did locate like-minded people and together they began a congregation in a dormitory room.

He completed the basic course of study at Baptist University and then received a Master of Theology degree from the same school in 2004. In 2008, Juan was awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy degree from the Graduate Theological Foundation, based in Puerto Rico, which draws from the resources of distinguished universities in North America and Europe. He appreciated the ecumenical contacts he made in Puerto Rico, including those with Roman Catholic priests with whom he studied.

For 14 years, Juan was regional distributor of El Aposento Alto (The Upper Room), the devotional guide linked to the United Methodist General Board of Discipleship.

Juan's first career was in agriculture, having earned a degree in agricultural engineering for the National University of Colombia in 1993. "I have always loved the rural life and farming," he says, looking back. He had initial reservations about leaving his ministry and his farm in Colombia to relocate as a missionary in Honduras. But he believes strongly in obeying the call of God. "If I am needed more in another place and can help there, then I cannot say no. The Lord dealt with Moses and Jeremiah when they refused to take on the mission God had for them…It is not safe to turn your back on God's call."

Rev. Guerrero is married to Alexandra Castro, also a missionary, and the couple has one son, Jeremiah Guerrero Castro.

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