All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:6

I (Rafael) was born in Brazil, and raised in Southern California. During my late teens Christ showed He was the answer to my many lifelong questions and saved me. By my mid 20’s I felt convicted to fully serve the Lord. After finishing my undergraduate studies in 2003, I enrolled at a great seminary school in Brazil with my church’s blessing. While serving in several ministry capacities in Brazil, Paraguay, and the US for over 17 years, God has confirmed my call to ministry and provided me with gifts in the areas of pastoral care, teaching, and administration. 

My beautiful wife (Arami) and I met at seminary school, and we tied the knot in 2005. Arami is originally from Paraguay, has degrees in Christian Education and Biological Science, and has a real estate license. God has blessed us with: Isabella, Mateo, and Luca. Isabella is a great swimmer, Mateo is an expert Lego engineer, and Luca is a culinary connoisseur (foodie). On our down time we enjoy outdoorsy activities and traveling.