The Rev. Saul Montiel is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church assigned to work with the California-Pacific Annual Conference in its San Diego District.
His work relates to the National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministry and also to the Methodist Border Mission Network. This network is composed of the annual conferences of The United Methodist Church and the Methodist Church of Mexico that touch the border between the United States and Mexico. The border area includes Imperial County, which is 80 percent Hispanic, 56.5 percent native born, and 43.5 percent foreign born. The San Diego District has 48 United Methodist congregations, 10 of which share facilities with Hispanic ministries.
As a border missionary, Rev. Montiel has the responsibility, among other duties, of helping the annual conference advocate with governments on both sides of the border regarding issues of human rights, migration, violence, detention and broken families, and police violence.
Saul was born in Guaymas, Mexico; lived in Empalme, Sonora, Mexico, the heart of the bracero program; and was brought to the Los Angeles area as a teenager. Since then, he has been ecumenically involved and working to respond to the most pressing needs that affect the life of the most marginalized.
He is a clergy member of the Desert Southwest Annual Conference. He holds several academic degrees, including a Bachelor of Theology from the Latin American Theological Seminary, a Bachelor of Arts from Vanguard University, Costa Mesa, California, a Master of Arts in education from Arizona State University, and a Master of Divinity from the Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, California.
He pastored United Methodist churches in Arizona for 11 years, and earlier was a high school teacher and an instructor at a World Vision institute. Rev. Montiel is completely bilingual, as he is fluent in English and Spanish. His interaction with the Spanish- and English-speaking worlds for most of his life made him a totally bicultural person.
He has a passion for social justice and is a committed instrument for the transformation of the world. He sees in the mission field an opportunity to demonstrate this commitment, and considers ministry an extension of who he is.
Saul Montiel and his wife, Bernice, have four children, Saul, born in 1989; Stephanie, born in 2006; Stephen, born in 2007; and Brianna, born in 2000.
: California/Pacific Annual Conference
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