Rev. Cesar Villafana, OSL​

Rev. Cesar Villafaña, OSL

Presiding Elder, Atlantic South District

A native of Puerto Rico, the Rev. Cesar Jose Villafaña studied police science and psychology at the University of Puerto Rico before joining the Puerto Rico Police Department, where he eventually became a detective. After being called to serve as a missionary, he and his family relocated to Venezuela. In 1990, Rev. Villafaña joined the U.S. Department of Justice, serving until 2010 as an Intelligence Operations Officer conducting criminal investigations and intelligence operations in the USA and several countries. During his time with the Department, he heard the call to pastoral ministry and began serving as lay pastor at Leisure City United Methodist Church and later at Florida City United Methodist Church, now known as Branches. In 2005, he was appointed local pastor of Wesley and Wesley Hispanic United Methodist churches in Coral Gables. In 2006, Rev. Villafana led the two congregations to merge and form Wesley Hispanic United Methodist Church, the first bilingual church in the Miami area. Rev. Villafaña continues to serve as its pastor. He served as district disaster coordinator, president of the Hispanic Assembly, and an active member of the Order of Saint Luke. In August 2023, during Rev. Villafana’s ministry, Wesley Hispanic UMC voted for disaffiliation, and at the same time, the congregation voted to become Wesley Hispanic Global Methodist Church with 100% approval. In January 2024, Rev. Villafana was ordained as an Elder in the Global Methodist Church and is working actively in the GMC Florida Conference. Rev. Cesar Jose Villafana is married and has two children and five grandchildren.

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