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Candidate Endorsed for Episcopacy

February 13, 2020
The Red Bird Missionary Conference of the United Methodist Church’s General Conference 2020 delegation endorses, unanimously, Rev. Dr. Iosmar Alvarez to be a Candidate for Episcopacy in the South Eastern Jurisdiction.

Rev. Dr. Alvarez, currently serving as the Superintendent of the Lexington District, is a native of Cuba arriving in the United States in 2001. Prior to arriving in the US, Dr. Alvarez was a Veterinarian. He began ministry in the Kentucky Conference in 2002. He has a passion for introducing people to Jesus and making disciples of Jesus Christ. Rev. Dr. Alvarez has served as a Hispanic Ministries church planter in Louisville, Lexington and Hopkinsville. He is the founder of Fruente De Avivamiento/Spring of Revival which has 100 home churches with 400 members.

Rev. Dr. Alvarez is a graduate of United Theological Seminary, 2011 with a Masters of Divinity. Received a Masters in Christian Leadership from Lindsey Wilson College, 2012. Received a Doctoral Ministry from Asbury Theological Seminary, 2017. He is the recipient of the 2013 Harry Denman Award for Clergy at the Kentucky Annual Conference.
Rev. Dr. Alvarez is nationally known speaker on leadership development and church growth; and, he has authored several books in leadership.

"As a Delegation, we fully and unanimously endorse Rev. Dr. Alvarez because we recognize his leadership within the Kentucky Conference and his passion for making disciples of Jesus Christ. His love for people and the church shows through everything he does and says." - Rev. Jim Savage, clergy delegate.

"Rev. Alvarez is a breath of fresh air for the UMC as exhibited through his various ministries, even now as the District Superintendent of the Lexington District.  His passion is in Making Disciples, living out the mission statement of the UMC.  We are honored as a delegation to affirm Dr. Alvarez's Candidacy and support him and his family in this journey." Rev. Robert Amundsen, clergy, head of delegation.

"The reason I endorse him is that I have been impressed by his care and concern for his parishioners. I believe he carries and burden for them. He loves the United Methodist Church and is praying for God’s will for the church." Mrs. Marilyn Osborne, lay delegate.