Pedro grew up in the northern suburbs of Wollongong and studied at the Conservatorium of Music (University of Sydney). He is from a non-Christian home and saw himself as an atheist at university. But he became curious about the Bible and read it from cover to cover. He found it was speaking the truth about life in this world, and came to faith in Jesus after university.
After a few years of piano teaching, he did a ministry apprenticeship for two years mostly at the Conservatorium of Music. In his words, “The traineeship grew me a lot as a Christian and gave me the encouragement to go to Moore to be better trained for ministry.”
He is married to Joy and they have a son, Mark and a daughter, Zoe. Joy also studied at Moore, doing the diploma of Bible and missions part-time while Pedro was doing the Bachelor of Divinity. They found it an encouragement being able to chat about their subjects together at home.
Pedro shared that the training at Moore “stretched him”. “I couldn’t have imagined how rich God’s word really is before coming to College. It was wonderful being able to see the Bible in high-resolution through knowledge of the original languages and seeing how wonderfully interconnected the doctrines of our faith are. Theology should lead to praise and I certainly felt that, even as I prepared essays and presentations.”
“As missionaries serving overseas, I am thankful for the rigorous training I received. The issues and questions that are arising around the world are complex and varied and require careful theological reflection. It was also great living and learning in community, being able to pray for one another and help to carry each other’s burdens.”
Pedro and Joy are currently serving as missionaries in Montevideo, Uruguay with the Church Missionary Society. They are working with the evangelical university student group Comunidad Bíblica Universitaria to make Jesus known amongst university students.