The Rev. Hebert Junker Silva is a missionary of the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, assigned through the National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministries to the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference, serving in Kearny and Freehold. His assignment is shared with the Methodist Church in Brazil, a missionary partner of Global Ministries.
In New Jersey, Hebert is pastor of a Brazilian congregation in Kearny and a new faith-community in Freehold. New Jersey has one of the largest populations of Brazilian ancestry in the US, with a particularly large concentration in Kearny, located in central New Jersey.
A native of Brazil, Hebert was baptized and made his first confession of faith at the age of 13. At age 15, while taking part in a youth seminary in the city of Birigüi, he received and accepted God's call to the ordained ministry. When he was 22 years old, he spent some months living with a sister in Columbia, Missouri, in the United States, and studied English while there.
He received his degree in Theology at the Methodist Theological Seminary in São Paulo in 1996, and became pastor of the Methodist congregation in Penápolis, where he served for three years. In January 2000, Hebert was ordained as a Methodist elder and appointed as pastor of the church in Presidente Prudente, and as superintendent of the Presidente Prudente District. The appointments continued until 2007. In that year, he was named a full-time missionary superintendent for Region Five of the Methodist Church in Brazil, which incorporates several states and has its center in Cuiabá, Mato Grosso. In the last five years, Hebert was a member of the Regional Coordination of Missionary Expansion (regional administrative leadership), and for the last three years he was secretary of Missionary Expansion of the Fifth Region.
Hebert is married to Rosane, and the couple has two children, Talitha, born in 1995, and Pedro Henrique, born in 1996.
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