Pastor Abelardo Rivas
Head Pastor & Chairman of the Board

Abelardo Rivas began serving the St. Joseph Hispanic Group on January 1, 2020 and our church on January 18th, 2020. He comes to our field from Andrews University, where he has been working on a doctorate degree in Biblical Archaeology and teaching classes at the seminary in Biblical Studies, Spirituality, and more.

Abelardo previously served in Spanish and English churches throughout the Midwest. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Andrews University in 2010, and a bachelor’s degree in theology from Southern Adventist University in 2005. He and his wife, Argelia, have been married for six years.

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