Sergio Tristán is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving through the National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministries in the Kansas West Annual Conference. From May 2007 to April 2010 he was director of Hispanic/Latino Ministries for the conference. Since July 2010 he has been a missionary pastor with Nueva-Evangelica United Methodist Mission Church in Garden City, Kansas.
A native of Mexico, Mr. Tristán began his education at San Juan de Sabinas High School, and went to Guatemala with missionaries to study at Berea Bible Institute. He studied there for two years and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in religion from Friends Bible College in Haviland, Kansas. He later attended Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree. Sergio is a licensed local pastor.
For many years, Sergio worked with Volunteer-In-Mission programs as a translator and facilitator in Mexico, Central America, and Spain. Mr. Tristán began serving as Kansas West Conference Hispanic ministry coordinator in October 2006. He also served as a local pastor with El Mesias United Methodist Church and Calvary Presbyterian Church, both in Wichita, and Emmanuel/El Buen United Methodist Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Raised in a Catholic family, Sergio became involved with Quaker missionaries in his hometown of Nueva Rosita, Mexico. 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 needs of people in that area of the world--very poor in very sad conditions without God and hope--that God spoke to me that this is my call in mission to witness to others and teach them about the Gospel."
Sergio's home church is First United Methodist Church in Wichita, Kansas. He and his wife, Patricia, have two young sons, Yitzhak Eli and Sergio Emmanuel.
: Kansas West Annual Conference
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