I was born in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, México. My family and I moved to Arizona when I was 17, yet we were close enough to the border that we could spend our weekends in Mexico. I attended the Methodist Church in Mexico, where I had the opportunity to serve in youth and music ministries. In 2009, I had the opportunity to serve as a Lay Person Assigned in Somerton, while I attended Grad School. I married Michelle, a kindergarten teacher, in 2010. 2011 was an eventful year: I finished my master’s degree in Counseling, became a U.S. citizen, and moved to New Jersey to attend seminary. In 2013, our daughter Michaela was born and, in 2014, I finished my M.Div. While we really enjoyed our time in New Jersey, we could not stay away from the desert for too long, so, in 2016, we moved back to Arizona. Since then, we have been serving in the South District until this year, when I was appointed as an Associate Pastor to Prescott UMC. Some of the things I enjoy are playing guitar, playing chess, and going to the movies, which, of course, has not been possible in the last few months. Michelle is currently working to get her M.Div. at Claremont School of Theology. Michaela currently attends 2nd grade and enjoys singing, dancing, and downloading games on my phone.
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