Rev. Cibele Santos
I believe two words can define my life: Christian Mission.
My father and grandfather were both Presbyterian pastors in Brazil who led mission trips. God used them both as bridges between different cultures. That is what brought me to the United States for the first time, 23 years ago. I grew up in Brazil, completed my Master of Divinity from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary and am completing a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Clinical Pastoral Counseling from Colorado Theological Seminary. Prior to my Ministerial Education I earned a Doctor of Medicine in Brazil in 2007 and post-graduate studies in Occupational Health 2012.
I have three wonderful children, Ana Julia (Juju - 10 years old), Beatriz (Bia – 8 years old) and Antonio Joseph (AJ – 5 years old). They are the light of my life. With everything that God has given me they are by far the greatest gifts of all. It is a privilege and gift to be called “Mama”. God has blessed us in so many ways and we as a family of four live a life full of gratitude knowing that God is always present with us. We love to go to the beach, to the pool and be with friends. We enjoy having friends and family at our home. The kids and I are very close to my parents, my brother and nephew. We count the days to have, Vovô Eudóxio, Vovó Lúcia, Tio André and Dudú over and visit us from Brazil.
I am excited and humbled to be the Associate Pastor of Providence Presbyterian Church after working two years as the staff ministry intern. I have had the privilege of learning the gifts and talents of many members of the church. Providence has a peculiar gift of hospitality, a warm and friendly sense of belonging. Providence always makes me think of 1st Corinthians 12: 5 “There are different gifts, but the same Spirit.” Providence has a strong sense of diversity on Spiritual Gifts and yet a strong sense of Unity. There is no question that who makes it all possible is the Holy Spirit that can be felt at Providence. God is at work at Providence and in my life as we grow and learn from each other God’s amazing gift of sharing life together as the Body of Christ.
“For I know the plan I have for you” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and future.” Jeremiah 29: 11