Rev. Cesár Duran will be visiting Delta United Methodist Church on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 27 and 28. On Saturday, he will lead a community conversation on Hispanic/Latino issues in Delta County. On Sunday, he will speak at both the 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. services.
The Rev. Duran is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving through the National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministry as coordinator for Hispanic/Latino Ministry of the Rocky Mountain Annual Conference (RMCUMC). He was commissioned in June 2015.
The RMCUMC is composed of 265 congregations in six districts in Colorado, Utah and two-thirds of Wyoming. Hispanic/Latino ministries are growing and vital in some areas. Cesár's appointment in 2015 represents an attempt to establish a coordinated approach to Hispanic/Latino work across the conference, which includes 1.5 million Hispanic/Latino people, or 17.5 percent of the population.
Cesár, a native of Mexico, was called by God when he was 17 years old and ordained as an elder in the Methodist Church of Mexico in 1995. He pastored churches in Mexico for 13 years and served in the United Methodist Church since January 2004.
He holds a bachelor of theology degree from Seminario Juan Wesley in Monterrey, Mexico, and a master of divinity degree from Iliff School of Theology, Denver.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.