New Jersey Conference Leadership Says Goodbye to “Faithful Servants”

New Jersey Conference Leadership Says Goodbye to “Faithful Servants”

New Jersey Conference staff recently bid farewell to retiring pastors Eleazar De Gracia and José Guevara.

Story by Raquel Guevara

Eleazer De Gracia is a Panama native. He graduated in 1978 from Montemorelos University in Mexico. He met his wife, Naty, while in school. They moved to the New Jersey Conference in 1988, and served in several different districts there. The De Gracias have two grown children and four grandchildren.

New Jersey Conference president José H. Cortés and Dave Weigley, Columbia Union Conference president, present Eleazer and Naty De Gracia with an award of service.

New Jersey Conference president José H. Cortés and Dave Weigley, Columbia Union Conference president, present Eleazer and Naty De Gracia with an award of service.

José Guevara graduated in 1972 from Unadeca, the Seventh-day Adventist University in Costa Rica. While studying there he met his wife, Rosa, and they married in 1973. The Guevaras served in several different countries and moved to New Jersey in 2004. Pastor Guevara says, “We have been blessed in every place we have been. My wife and I always say we have never had a bad district, just challenges that God has transformed into blessings, and we are humbled by the privilege of serving our Savior.”

“We thank Pastor José and Rosy Guevara, and Pastor Eleazar and Naty De Gracia for their faithful ministry,” says José H. Cortés, New Jersey Conference president. “We shall miss them and we look forward to seeing them in heaven again, where we will hear the words, ‘Well done, thou good and faithful servant.’”

Feature Image: New Jersey Conference president José H. Cortés and Dave Weigley, Columbia Union Conference president, present Rosy and José Guevara with an award of service.