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José  Carlos Pezini

The Outreach Foundation

A native of Brazil, Rev. José Carlos Pezini joined The Outreach Foundation in 2002 as a missionary to the U.S.A. among Portuguese-speaking immigrants. Since then Pezini has worked with Brazilian immigrants and PC(USA) presbyteries to launch over a dozen new immigrant fellowships and churches. Increasingly, however, Pezini’s gifts and the fruitfulness of his ministry in the U.S. brought calls from the wider Portuguese-speaking world, especially Brazil, to continue his ministries of coaching, mentoring, and training leaders for the church.

The Outreach Foundation responded to these “Macedonian calls” by deploying Pezini to Brazil in May, 2012 where he began working with two Presbyterian denominations in the areas of new church development. He also joined a Brazilian church planting ministry, the Center for Training Church Planters, based in Campinas, São Paulo State, as adjunct staff.

In 2013, after receiving requests from pastors for coaching and mentoring that were too numerous to handle one-on-one, Pezini and another Brazilian pastor began developing a retreat ministry for these new church development pastors. SARA (from the Brazilian word for “heal”), as the ministry is called, is designed to refresh and renew the souls of these hard-working pastors.

Pezini and his wife, Odete, have three children and three grandchildren.

Minimum Goal for 2016

$95,000 for support and ministry funds