Marcelo Gomes is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, assigned through the National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministry as pastor to the Brazilian community in the Miami vicinity of the Florida Annual Conference. He was commissioned in June 2015.
He engages in outreach with the more than 11,000 Portuguese-speaking Brazilians within a 30-minute drive of Miami Beach. One goal of the ministry launched in 2015 is a new Brazilian congregation in the downtown area.
Marcelo is a native of Brazil, where he was involved with the Agape International Church before becoming active in the Methodist Church of Brazil in 2001. He received a Bachelor of Theology degree from Bennett Methodist University in Rio de Janeiro and a professional degree in psychoanalysis from the Psychoanalytic Orthodox Society of Brazil. He holds a Bachelor of Education degree from Iguaçu University in Rio de Janeiro and a master’s degree in planning and management from Cândido Mendes University, Rio. He also studied at the Logos Theological College in São Paulo.
He has taken part in the United Methodist Church in Saugus, Massachusetts in the New England Annual Conference since 2011. He also served as pastor of an Anglo congregation in Weymouth and planted a Brazilian mission in Peabody. Marcelo is currently working toward a Master of Divinity degree from Boston University. In Brazil, he taught at Rio de Janeiro State Technical College and was associated with several institutions providing psychoanalytical services.
Marcelo says that God called him when he was a teenager. “My faith journey has been filled with great experiences within different contexts of mission in Latin America and the US. Even working in other fields, building a professional career as a university professor and psychoanalyst, my heart burned for mission, with a passion for preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
His goal, Marcelo explains, is to “support everyone in his or her needs and to connect them to God’s love that is eternal and the reason for our existence.” He says he is guided by “a deeply biblical sense of mission” and includes the strengthening of community relationships and working for social justice and inclusiveness.
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