UCC Creates New Multicultural Ministries Department

by Kathy Marson, September 17, 2018

This new department will encompass Hispanic, Slavic, Native American and multi-ethnic ministries in UCC. Walter says, “Its overarching goal is to plant the Kingdom of God in the heart of people in their communities.”

In July of 2018 the Conference Executive Committee invited Walter Pintos-Schmidt to lead a new department – Multicultural Ministries. 

“Multicultural Ministries serves to support districts, local churches, pastors and leaders among all ethnic groups in the task of raising awareness and preparing people for the second coming of Jesus,” says Walter. “It serves people who speak an original language other than English. It ministers by mingling with the community to understand their challenges and particular needs; it carries out meetings to assess and organize strategies to provide solution and help within context. It also aids families transitioning into the region from other states by helping them find a church family where they may feel welcome and supported according to their particular cultural context or needs.”

This new department will encompass Hispanic, Slavic, Native American and multi-ethnic ministries in UCC. Walter says, “Its overarching goal is to plant the Kingdom of God in the heart of people in their communities.” 

Walter and his wife, Liliana have two young adult children, Karel, age 23 and Niko age 20. Walter was born in South America and has been in love with Liliana, a NICU nurse and music teacher, for almost three decades. Walter holds a Doctor in Ministry from Andrews University on equipping and lay mobilization. He moved to Walla Walla in August 2007 to serve as Liaison in the Ministerial Department. In November, 2011, he moved to Spokane to serve as the Hispanic Ministries Coordinator.
He enjoys reading, European history, family trips and getting acquainted with other cultures, traditions, food and worship styles.


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