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Reverend Edgar De Jesus

Pastor Edgar was born and raised in the heart of Manila, Philippines.  He is married to Judy and blessed with two children, Kristina and Elaine.

Pastor Edgar’s faith journey started at Wesley UMC in Manila where he encountered at young age, God’s unconditional love and grace.  When he was in high school, he became involved with the United Methodist Youth Fellowship where he discovered more about Jesus Christ and His offer of salvation.

Pastor Edgar heard God’s voice from his inner being at youth event called “Christmas Institute”.  This became the first turning point of his life as God’s  him to personally accept Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.

The second turning point of Pastor Edgar’s life came in 1997 when God called him to serve through the ordained ministry. After earning his Bachelor of Social Sciences degree from the University of the Philippines, he pursued Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School at Duke University. He was commissioned as Probationary Member in 2000 and ordained Full Elder in 2003— the first and only Filipino-American clergy member of the North Carolina Conference.

Pastor Edgar responded to God’s invitation to serve various mission fields in the North Carolina Conference: Saxapahaw UMC (2000-2003), Edenton St. UMC (2003-2006), Mt. Zion UMC (2006-2010) and Cornerstone UMC (2010-2013). Prior to his appointment to Davis Street UMC, he served as Lead Pastor of Richlands UMC from 2013-2017.

Moreover, Pastor Edgar’s leadership led him to represent the connectional church to the Jurisdictional and General Conferences of The United Methodist Church, World Methodist Conference and the World Council of Churches. He led mission team to Illinois, Wisconsin, Mississippi, Philippines and Costa Rica.

Through the power of the Holy Spirit, Pastor Edgar leads the church in fulfilling God’s mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. He is a visionary leader who loves people with strong passion in preaching, leadership and evangelism.

Edgar De Jesus Elected President of NAFAUM

Edgar De Jesus, pastor of Davis Street UMC in Burlington, has been elected president of the National Association of Filipino American United Methodists (NAFAUM) during the recent 16th NAFAUM convocation in Manila, Philippines.  In its 30 years of existence, NAFAUM held its convocation outside the United States for the first time on January 3-6, 2018.

Rev. De Jesus will lead the association of Filipino and Filipino American United Methodists in North America and will primarily represent the Filipino caucus in the National Federation of Asian American United Methodists (NFAAUM) and the advisory committee for the Asian American Language Ministries and Pacific Islanders (AALM) of the General Board of Global Ministries.

The historic gathering, dubbed “BalikBayanihan 2018,” was hosted and participated in by the Philippines Central Conference, the Manila Episcopal Area, and the Central United Methodist Church of Manila.