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New Jersey Conference Welcomes New Youth Director

Story by New Jersey Conference Staff

The New Jersey Conference recently selected Eliasib Fajardo to serve as the new Youth Ministries Director. In 2001 Fajardo, a native of Mexico, received a bachelor’s degree in theology at Montemorelos University (Mexico). From 2002–07, he pastored three churches in the Potomac Conference: the Washington Spanish church in Silver Spring, Md., the Beltsville (Md.) Spanish church and the Oxon Hill (Md.) Spanish church. He was also the Hispanic Youth Ministries coordinator for Potomac from 2004–07.

In 2009 he received his Master of Divinity from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary (Mich.) and became the senior pastor of three churches: the Arlington (Va.) Spanish, the Metro NOVA Spanish church, also in Arlington, and the Sterling (Va.) Spanish church. While managing three churches, he was also the Hispanic Youth Ministries associate director for the Potomac Conference, and later the Camp Ministries director. His background in social media, videography and filming has prepared him for his new role, as, by God’s grace, he attempts to reach the young people in New Jersey.

“My goal is to live, love and serve God, as He did for me. My primary goal is to have a close relationship with Jesus and walk with Him,” says Fajardo. “I believe that wisdom comes from above in order to minister and empower others. I recognize that I should care primarily for my family, so they can also be ready to meet Him. I choose to imitate Him in whatever I do. Through my example and influence, I want to make people Jesus’ disciples. I have a strong passion to empower young people to share the gospel of Jesus.”

Fajardo and his wife, Yerusi, have three children.


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