Roman Leal Is New NCC Hispanic Ministries Coordinator/Evangelist
On Dec. 7, the Northern California Conference Executive Committee voted Roman Leal to be the new coordinator/evangelist for Hispanic ministries.
Leal comes to the job after a career in pastoral ministry - including over two decades in the NCC. He is excited to serve in this new role. “I am so grateful to God for the opportunity to serve Him in a new capacity,” he said. “I look forward to the new challenges and blessings ahead, and I ask for your prayers as I serve His Church and our continued Northern California ministry.”
Born in Cuba, Leal graduated from the Seminario Adventista del Cuba in 1974. He then worked as a Bible instructor in the churches in Holguin and Santiago before his ordination in February, 1984. Throughout his 15 years of ministry in Cuba, he pastored several churches: Matanzas, San Luis, Pinar Del Río, and La Habana.
The Leal family was able to leave Cuba in 1989, and they made a new home in New Jersey. While Leal did not have an official job with the local conference, he volunteered in a pastoral role as he helped a local pastor serve the churches in his district.
In 1992, he accepted a call to the Northern California Conference, where he served as pastor of the Oakland Spanish church for over 10 years. He then pastored the Sacramento Spanish/Woodland Spanish district and the Sacramento Southgate Spanish group/Lodi Spanish district, before serving in the Hayward Spanish/Tracy Spanish district.
Leal has been married to his wife, Teresa, for over 38 years, and his immediate family works for the Church. Son Guillermo is a General Conference auditor, and daughter-in-law Stephanie works for the NCC as director of the communication department. Daughter Liss Poiret is an assistant professor of nursing at Pacific Union College, and son-in-law Haroldo is an independent producer/videographer who has done projects for the North American Division and local conferences, including the NCC's recent constituency video. Leal has four grandchildren.
Because of Leal’s experience with ministry and his many years in Northern California, NCC administrators are looking forward to working with him in his new position. “I’ve greatly appreciated the work that Pastor Leal has done in his pastoral ministry through the years here in Northern California,” said NCC President Jim Pedersen. “And I’m looking forward to working more closely with him in his new responsibilities.”
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