Rev. Elizabeth Marrero
Rev. Elizabeth Marrero is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving as coordinator of the Western Jurisdiction’s Hispanic/Latino Ministry work. Commissioned at the Peninsula-Delaware Conference session in June 2018, she is based in Sacramento, California. The position relates to the denomination’s National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministry.
Ministries with Hispanic/Latino communities are high priorities in the Western United States. Elizabeth works closely with the jurisdiction’s Hispanic/Latino Council, which serves both as a resource and a link among annual conferences with Hispanic/Latino populations.
Elizabeth was a probationary member of the Peninsula-Delaware Annual Conference and pastor of a three-point charge in Cheswold, Delaware, when she entered missionary service. Her home church was Gracia Divina-Minquadale United Methodist Church in New Castle, Delaware, which is pastored by her husband Rev. Angel Marrero.
While born in Brooklyn, New York, Elizabeth grew up in a fourth-generation Methodist family in Puerto Rico. “Family prayer gatherings, Bible reading, vigils, and witnessing were part of our daily lives,” she recalls, as were weekly chapel services and Christian education courses at the Baptist academy she attended from elementary through high school.
Elizabeth has been involved in ministry for the past 30 years during different stages of her life, primarily after moving from Puerto Rico to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1987. There, she helped to start a home fellowship that later developed into a chartered congregation. With time, she got involved in organizing interdenominational Hispanic-Latino women’s conferences that promoted holistic health and recovery from brokenness and cultivated good relationships among churches in the city of Wilmington, Delaware. During this time, Elizabeth promoted community outreach activities and led children and youth programs.
Her church experience, along with her profession as a prenatal social worker, and the unconditional support of her husband lead Elizabeth to pursue ordained ministry. She enrolled in Lancaster Theological Seminary, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, graduating with a Master of Divinity degree in 2016; earlier, she earned a Bachelor of Science in organizational management from Wilmington University in Delaware; and an associate degree in analysis and information science from the Instituto Tecnológico de Puerto Rico.
Elizabeth says that her faith journey has led her to, “find ways to reach out, not only to the lost but also the needy. I learned that ‘doing’ church is not something we do inside the walls of a religious building, but what we do outside. I have learned that what we do outside, and the ways in which we connect with others shares the message of loving the neighbor as yourself.”
Elizabeth and Angel have four grown sons: Ángel Manuel, José Manuel, José Ángel, and Josué David.
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