Manuel Padilla is a native of Monterrey, Mexico, where he is a member of the Refugio de Paz Methodist Church in Guadalupe in the Oriental Annual Conference. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in technology management from Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, and a Master of Arts degree in Christian Leadership from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY, graduating from the latter at the end of 2012. After working in retail in Mexico, he worked for five years as a project manager for CEMEX, the building materials company. Manuel is married to Susana Armendariz.
Manuel serves as a missionary for strategy and ministry of the National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministry in the US. He is based in Nashville, Tennessee and was commissioned in October 2013. He works closely with annual conferences as they pursue the goals of more effective ministry with the rapidly growing Hispanic/Latino population. The National Plan, launched in 1992, is a churchwide, interagency approach to planting new churches, revitalizing existing ones, and engaging United Methodists in ministries with growing Hispanic/Latino communities. The Hispanic/Latino population in the US today is around 50.6 million (16.3 percent of the total population) and will constitute 30 percent of the total population by the year 2050.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Like all United Methodist missionaries, Manuel is responsible for raising a portion of his own support through covenant relationships with individuals, groups, and congregations. To support Manuel, you may contact him directly at mpadilla [at] umcmission.org, donate online, or send a check to Advance GCFA, PO Box 9068, GPO, New York, NY 10087-9068 with 'Manuel Padilla, #3021867' in the Memo line. Credit card donations may be made by calling 1-888-252-6174.