First woman elected as President of CIEMAL
For the first time in its 44 year history, the Council of Evangelical Methodist Churches of Latin America and the Caribbean (CIEMAL) will be presided over by a woman, Pastor Lizzete Gabriel Montalvo, of the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico. Montalvo was elected at the CIEMAL X Assembly held in Alajuela, Costa Rica, May 13-17.
San José, Monday, June 3, 2013
Brazilian pastor, Luciano Pereira da Silva, who lives with his family in Lima, Peru, will assume as General Secretary for the new 2013-2018 period, along with Bishop Frank de Nully Brown of Argentina, who was elected Vice-President.
The Methodist Church of El Salvador was welcomed at the assembly as a full member of CIEMAL, and the Youth in Mission Program commemorated its 15 years of service.
Bishop João Carlos Lopes, Vice-President of the College of Bishops of the Methodist Church of Brazil, was re-elected President of the CIEMAL Council of Bishops and Presidents, with Bishop Vernando Pombo of Costa Rica as Vice-President and Bishop Pedro Magalhães as Secretary.
With the theme, “Pointing to the Kingdom of God and Making Disciples in Latin America and the Caribbean,” the CIEMAL X Assembly gathered 120 delegates from 22 countries of the region. The election of Pastor Montalvo as President is a recognition of the female leadership in the church, “not only in word, but with deeds that mark the history of our organization, leaving an important legacy for the future generations of our continent,” highlights a statement by the assembly.