Paulo Lopes, director of Center for Next Generation Ministries

Paulo Lopes

J. Paulo Lopes began his duties as Virginia Conference director of the Center for Next Generation Ministries in August 2015.

A native of Brazil, he has lived in both Brazil and the United States, and his ministry experiences span both countries. Among his ministry experiences are:

  • Training as a Leadership Coach with Spiritual Leadership, Inc. (SLI) and co-leading leadership incubators. Training areas include spiritual leadership, coaching, change leadership and ministry team development.
  • Director of International Partnerships for Bridge International – Life Enrichment Institute.
  • Trained and led several mission teams to Brazil focused on ministry to families in poverty. Developed long-term partnerships with numerous projects including the construction of an orphanage and an economic development project in a small fishing community. Co-developed a model for partnerships with American churches resulting (currently) in 11 partnerships called “Kingdom Stations.”
  • Co-Founder/Executive Director of Bridge International in response to needs of the Brazilian Methodist Church. Led the organization from its founding (board member recruitment, mission, vision, accreditation, etc.) to ministry fulfillment. Developed partnerships benefiting more than 500 children living below poverty level, three evangelistic outreach programs, rehabilitation center, orphanage and conference-wide holistic outreach ministry.
  • The Inner City Development Project. Co-initiated conversations between Asbury Theological Seminary and ministry leaders in Lexington to find ways for the seminary to become more involved in the Lexington community. Organized a colloquium for ministry leaders and student representatives to build relationships and develop partnerships.
  • The Acts Movement. Co-founded a young adult Christian movement to advocate for social justice in Curitiba, Brazil. At its peak more than 500 young adults and youths from more than 20 denominations were mobilized.

Lopes graduated with a BA in International Relations from UniCurtiba in 2006, studied Intercultural Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts for Christian Ministry at Crown College.

As director of the Center for Next Generation Ministries, Lopes provides oversight for conference children, youth, young adult, and campus ministries including the Regional Schools of Children Ministries, All God’s Children Camps, Conference Council on Youth Ministries, Conference Young Adult Council and Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministries.

Lopes is fluent in Portuguese and English and has basic conversational and reading fluency in Spanish and German. He and his wife, Juliana, have three daughters.


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