Born in Manila, Philippines, Romeo del Rosario holds a B.A. degree in Psychology from Philippine Christian University; a Master of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, GA; and a Ph.D. in Theological and Religious Studies (major in Ecumenics and Missions) from Boston University. After obtaining his Ph.D., Romy served as a pastor in two churches in his home Conference, California-Pacific, where he also served as a Community Developer with the Filipino caucus. He then served from 1985-88 in Freetown, Sierra Leone, West Africa, where he taught at Theological Hall and directed the Theological Education by Extension Program. Romy served in Jerusalem, West Bank, from 1989-1992 as liason between the United Methodist Church and the Middle East Council of Churches. In this capacity, he represented the UMC in ecumenical circles and organizations involved in human freedom, justice and peace issues; assisted leaders of programs and projects supported by the UMC in the Middle East; and helped UM visitors and residents in Jerusalem understand the crisis in the Middle East and the UMC’s participation in relief efforts. From 1992-2001, Romy served as a lecturer and then as dean for the Malay-speaking Department of Sabah Theological Seminary in Malaysia. Immediately prior to his assignment to Cambodia, Romy was the Officer-in-Charge of Union Theological Seminary in the Philippines. He also taught courses addressing Christianity and Culture.
Romeo del Rosario serves as the Country Director for the United Methodist Church in Cambodia. As Country Director, Romy is administrator and supervisor of mission programs/projects with a team of workers that includes Cambodians and eleven UMC missionaries from different parts of the world. He is also the District Superintendent in two provinces and teaches at the Cambodian Methodist Bible School. For all of its rich heritage, culture and people, poverty and hunger are still prevalent in many parts of Cambodia. Most Cambodian families were touched by the genocide that was perpetrated by Pol Pot’s regime in the 1970’s. The Killing Fields are a constant reminder of the terror that robbed Cambodia of its middle-aged population and its intellectual, artistic, and spiritual leadership. At present Cambodian Christians are engaged in evangelization ministries; programs with women, youth and children; Christian education and discipleship; community health and food production; leadership training and community organizing; and church construction.
How You Can Help
Your support of Romeo will help provide a voice of hope which proclaims the power of God's redemptive power through Jesus Christ in Cambodia. Like all United Methodist missionaries, Romy is responsible for raising his own support through covenant relationships with individuals, groups, and congregations. To support Romy, you may contact him directly at romeodel_rosario [at] yahoo.com, click on one of the links below, or send a check to Advance GCFA, PO Box 9068, GPO, New York, NY 10087-9068 with 'Romeo del Rosario, #09555Z' in the Memo line. Credit card donations may be made by calling 1-888-252-6174.