Rev. Sergio Felipe Tristán is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church assigned to the Great Plains Annual Conference through the National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministries.
From May 2007 to May 2010 he was director of Hispanic/Latino Ministries for the conference. Since July 2010 he has served as congregational developer for Evangelical United Methodist Church in Garden City, Kansas. It is a renewal ministry for what is historically one of the first Hispanic/Latino congregations in the conference.
A native of Nueva Rosita, Coahuila, México, Rev. Tristán is an elder of the Great Plains Annual Conference. He received his high school diploma at the San Juan de Sabinas School in Coahuila, and then went to Guatemala with Quaker missionaries to study at the Berean Bible Institute. He studied there for two years before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion from Barclay College in Haviland, Kansas. He later attended Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree.
For many years, Sergio worked with Volunteer-in-Mission programs as translator and facilitator in México, Central America, and Spain. He served as a Global Ministries missionary first as Kansas West Conference Hispanic ministry coordinator. Prior to this assignment, Rev. Tristán served as a local pastor with El Mesias UMC in Laredo, Texas; as an elder with El Mesias and Calvary Presbyterian Church, both in Wichita, Kansas; and as pastor of Emmanuel/El Buen United Methodist Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Raised in a Catholic family, Sergio become involved with Quaker missionaries in his home town. He began his ministry journey when he was invited to do mission with the Quakers in Guatemala. He says: “It was when I saw the need of people in that area of the world—very poor in very sad conditions without God and hope. God spoke to me, and it is my calling in missions to witness to others and teach them about the Gospel.”
Sergio and his wife, Patricia, are the parents of two children, Yitzak Eli, and Sergio Emmanuel.
: Great Plains Annual Conference
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