Luis Mauricio Velasquez is serving with the General Board of Global Ministries as a racial ethnic missionary for the office of congregational development in the Wisconsin Annual Conference. He fosters ministries through the National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministries. He is part of the efforts by the conference to create new places for new people for new possibilities. He was commissioned in June 2019 and is based in Sun Prairie.
Luis earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Reinhardt University, Waleska, Georgia, in 2013 and worked initially as a community developer at Mi Familia Center Inc. a United Methodist-related facility in Canton that provides essential services to migrant families primarily from Mexico and Guatemala. He then served as a youth and young adult mentor at Mount Pisgah UMC and in 2017 joined the support staff of the National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministries at Global Ministries in Atlanta.
While working at Mount Pisgah, Luis enrolled in Candler School of Theology, Emory University, graduating with a Master of Divinity degree in 2018. He is a certified candidate to ordination. “God’s work is in our midst, and God has continuously invited me to be part of it throughout my life,” Luis says of his call to mission. “My call is not divorced from the lives of my mentors, good colleagues and family who have been with me throughout the good and bad times.”
He adds, “The field of work to which the Creator calls me is that of accompaniment and reconciliation. This is exactly what I have been part of for a decade — working with first-generation migrants, youth and young adults, accompanying them in diverse and concrete ways, and advocating for a deeper analysis of oneself and of society and God’s participation in it.”