The Rev. Rosanna Panizo-Valladares is a United Methodist missionary through the National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministry, serving as pastor and community developer in the Durham District of the North Carolina Annual Conference. She was commissioned in October 2009.
Rosanna has a special emphasis on developing the Cristo Vive Durham Hispanic Ministry into a comprehensive, community-based ministry for the local Hispanic/Latino population. In this effort she works closely with other clergy and pastoral leaders. "First of all," she says, "the mission is God's mission. The church is an instrument in God's hands to carry on the mission."
Rosanna was born in Peru and raised within the Methodist Church of Peru. As a teenager, she professed her faith in the Callao Methodist Church, the first Protestant congregation in Peru, where one of her grandmothers took her for Sunday school. She also attended a high school run by Callao. After attending the university in Lima, she experienced the call to the pastorate, enrolled and graduated from the Methodist Seminary in Peru, and went on to the Latin American Biblical University in Costa Rica. Returning to Peru, she was ordained and worked as a pastor and seminary teacher for 10 years. In 1997–1998, she had an opportunity to study at the Duke University Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina, and became affiliated with the North Carolina Annual Conference, where she continues in ministry.
"My call to mission is tightly related to my call into ministry," she explains. "I am the product of mission. I have been inspired by many missionary teachers...I have been in the US enough to realize that people in this country need to hear the 'good news' again. I consider myself a missionary in reverse. I have learned to know what it means to be an immigrant, and a Hispanic/Latina in particular. I have learned about the sin of racism and ethnocentricity in Durham and within our own family of United Methodists. I believe that God is calling me to join with others in a huge mission here and now."
Rosanna Panizo-Valladares is available for Covenant Relationship support in North Carolina Annual Conference .
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