Christian Ministry—Pastoring/Church Planting
Leaders of Christian Organizations
Pastoring and/or Bible Teaching
Vacilius Santos is a pastor and missionary in Portugal.
When did you trust Christ?
I decided follow Jesus in 1990. I grew up in an evangelical home, but it was not until years later that I understood the Gospel and gave my whole heart to Him. I have come to trust God in the face of fear. He has helped me to become a courageous preacher.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
The church and my family are two special places where my faith has grown. Within the church, I have been a pastor for nearly 20 years. This has come with many challenges and I have had to rely on God and to trust Him. As a family, I have a wife and three children. They are constantly helping me to understand how to be the man God wants me to be. Being on the mission field has also helped me to develop and to trust God financially.
Why do you want to attend the Forum?
I want to attend the European Leadership Forum to gain a better understanding of what is happening here in Europe. It will be a great opportunity to make ministry friends. There are not many evangelicals in Portugal, so it will be wonderful to meet other believers from other nations.
What is your ministry?
I am a pastor, so I help to lead both our congregation and also other pastors. I preach the Gospel. I serve married couples by providing training and offering counseling.
What are your past leadership roles?
I have been a pastor for almost 20 years. Part of this time I have been a missionary, so my family has had to trust God for our day to day needs.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
The experiences that God has given me are very interesting to share and may be able to help others. My current mission is focused on being a pastor and leader. I live in Portugal, a country which desperately needs a revival of faith. Churches in Portugal are dying and need healthy connections.