(Argentina CNSAM). In a special service during the 92nd General Board meeting in Overland Park, KS USA, on February 23, 2015, missionaries Noemí and Carlos Fernández officially retired from their ministry responsibilities.
Carlos and Noemí served the Lord and the Church of the Nazarene since their youth. In their early years, they served as pastors and later as missionaries. They began their first pastorate in 1968 and continued pastoring until 1986 in different churches around Buenos Aires, Argentina.
At the beginning of 1986, Carlos quit his secular job to dedícate himself full-time to pastoring. Together with his family, he moved to the city of Phoenix, AZ where they pastored Phoenix’s first hispanic Church of the Nazarene for eight years and planted new churches on this district. At the end of 1993, after Carlos graduated with a Masters in Ministry from the Nazarene university in San Diego, CA, they returned to Argentina. Their oldest daughter, Adriana, had gotten married so she stayed in the US. For the second time, they pastored the Martínez, Buenos Aires Church of the Nazarene.
In 1995, Carlos was called to be the director of the Southern Cone Field for the South America Region. Under his leadership, while working with the district superintendents and pastors, 40 new churches were planted.
In 1997, Carlos and Noemí were named global missionaries for the Church of the Nazarene. In November 2003, Carlos was assigned as the district superintendent for the mission in Spain while continuing his responsibilities as Field Strategy Coordinator for South America’s Southern Cone. From 2003-2005 they were traveling between Europe and Argentina until a new Southern Cone Field Strategy Coordinator was assigned.
In 2004, Carlos graduated with a Doctorate in Ministry from the Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO.
From November 2003 to October 2008, Carlos was the district superintendent in Spain and pastored the churches in Sevilla first and later in Barcelona. He also served as the Theological Education Coordinator, planted three new churches, and other church-type missions were started with Project Caleb by training both youth and pastors.
In October 2008, the Fernandezes returned to the SAM Region where they worked as the Evangelism and Jesus Film, Literature and Leadership Coordinators. They also assisted many different ministries by managing the Regional Office facilities for Christian groups.
During the past two years, beginning in Pilar, Buenos Aires, with Carlos as the Evangelism Coordinator, they trained more than 800 leaders for church planting and prepared them to teach others.
Carlos and Noemí praise God and thank the Church of the Nazarene for giving them the opportunity to serve Him and his people for 47 years. They retired as missionaries with the Global Church of the Nazarene, but not from ministering for the Lord. God is calling them to continue serving Him. They believe that the best is ahead. Although they still do not know what the Lord has prepared for the next stage of their lives, their future is in His hands.
They thank their children: Adriana, Karina and Carlos and their grandchildren: Layne, Julian, Isabella and Carlos for being their partners in ministry. As the well-known verse from Joshua 24:15 says, “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
Source: Carlos Fernandez.
Written by: Susana Cabral.
Translation: Jennifer Edgerton.