Rev. Alejandro Alfaro-Santiz

Pastor of Las Americas comunidad de fe and Wesley United Methodist Church, Drama/Theater

PastorAlejandroSantizHi! I’m Alejandro Alfaro-Santiz from Guatemala.  I studied Anthropology and have a Master’s degree in Development focused on empowering communities. I love working with people, and in the fall of 2010, I moved to the USA to attend seminary at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado.  I graduated in 2013 with an MDiv and received the student of the year award.   I’m appointed as a pastor for Las Americas Faith Community and Wesley United Methodist Church, both in Des Moines.

I grew up Catholic, and after finishing high school I became a non-denominational Christian.  After a few years I realized that most churches do exactly the opposite of what Jesus taught and lived, so I decided to follow Jesus on my own and became a “free agent.” That was a bad idea, because community is very important to follow Jesus, both for support and for accountability. I believe that if we call ourselves Christians we should follow Christ’s example, so I strive to do that.  A daily life of prayer/communion with God is essential in order to follow Christ, because it is as countercultural today as it was in the Palestine of the 1st century.

For me the Bible is very important, and John 10:10b is the lens I use to read it.  I have experienced that the liberating gospel of Jesus Christ is life giving. Even though I don’t like labels, at the moment I would identify my theology as post-colonial liberationist.  I’m in my first appointment as a pastor, and I feel very blessed to be working with Las Americas and Trinity UMC – a reconciling congregation and one that is very focused on social justice.

In my free time I like to ride my bike and read poetry… though not at the same time.  I live in Des Moines with Maria, my wife and, Mochi, our Weimaraner puppy.