(Brazil CNSAM). For 10 years, Dr. Aguiar Valvassoura led the Church of the Nazarene in the magnificent country of Brazil. During his tenure, the country tripled its membership. After receiving the notice that Dr. Aguiar the September 30, 2015 would retire from this post due to his age, on May 23, 2015, Dr. Jerry Porter, General Superintendent in jurisdiction for the South America Region, and Dr. Verne Ward, the director of Global Mission, in consultation with Dr. Christian Sarmiento, SAM Regional Director, and the leaders of Brazil, named Rev. Manuel Gamaliel Lima as Director for Brazil.
Manuel Lima was born December 10, 1960 in Campinas, Sao Paulo. He has been married to his wife Lídia for 32 years, and they have five children: Raquel Lima (married to Leandro Penteado), Lucas (married to Gislane Lima); Pedro; Mateus and Caio. He began pastoral ministry in 1983 in the Cosmópolis, Sao Paulo Church of the Nazarene. With a spirit of total surrender, he served as pastor, planted seven churches, did the same as district superintendent on several occasions and was the first superintendent of the Brazilian Amazon District. From 2011 to the present, he has served as the Field Strategy Coordinator for Northwest Brazil.
Other leaders who were also given new assignments:
Rev. Gerson Cardoso, Field Strategy Coordinator for Brazil North; Rev. Luis Henrique Biazon, Field Strategy Coordinator for Brazil Central; Rev. Wagner de Sousa, Field Strategy Coordinator for Brazil South; and Rev. Geraldo Nunes, Brazil’s Coordinator for Holistic Ministry.
Gerson Cardoso was born December 26, 1961. He has been married to his wife Ana Maria for 30 years, and they have a son named Mateus. His ministry began in 1983 as an assistant pastor for the Jardim San Pedro Church of the Nazarene in Campinas, a congregation of 1200 members where he has served as the lead pastor since 1987. He currently serves as District Superintendent for Brazil’s Northeast Setentrional District. In his dedication to the Lord, he has developed multiple ministries and planted eleven churches in different parts of Brazil.
Luis Henrique Biazon was born November 22, 1961. He has been married to his wife Claudia for 26 years, and they have three children: Marcela, Pedro and Ana. His ministry began in 1985 when he planted the Rio Claro Central Church of the Nazarene, now a congregation of more than 1500 members where he currently pastors. He is also the district superintendent for the Northeast Paulista District. One ministry highlight for him has been planting over 90 churches.
Born July 25, 1965, Wagner de Sousa married his wife Angela on July 28, 1990. They have two children, Esdras and Jonatas. His ministry began in the Central Church of the Nazarene in Campinas in 1986. Since then, they have served the Lord in various capacities. Wagner currently serves as the District Superintendent for the Sao Paulo District and pastors the Paulinia Church of the Nazarene.
Geraldo Nunes Filho has been a pastor of the Church of the Nazarene for 34 years and currently pastors the Castelo Church of the Nazarene in Campinas. He is the founding director of GERMINE, Global Leadership Institute. He is also the founder of Nazateen Ministries youth ministry. He was the founding president of the Nazarene College of Brazil and rector of the Nazarene Theological Seminary of Brazil. Of the ministries in which he has been involved, the creation of ministries, church planting and developing leaders have been some of the highlights. He and his wife, Rev. Waner Nunes, have two children, Lucas and Louise.
Please pray for this new director and other leaders who are assuming new responsibilities.
Written by: Germán Picavea.
Translation: Jennifer Edgerton.