Rev. Esther Valdes
Rev. Esther Valdes has been serving within the Disciples of Christ for the past 20 years. She began her spiritual journey when she was just a pre-teen and had accepted Jesus in her heart and began attending Iglesia Misionera Bautista, a small hispanic baptist church right here in South Florida. She developed a love for the church and people at a very young age. She loved to share with others the good news about God.
Her life changed greatly as she got married and began her journey as a wife and mother in May,1999. She began attending her husbands church Maranatha that same year, where she served as the head of the childrens ministry.
In the year 2001 they decided to move to New Jersey for about a year then decided to return to South Florida. When they returned to South Florida in 2002 her husband was arrested and while he was serving his time he met an older lady who invited him to her church. This lady was part of a Spanish Disciples of Christ congregation and is where Rev. Esther continued her journey towards Gods calling in her life.
In February 2004 her second child is born and she returned to college in 2006 to pursue her Bachelors in Psychology. In January 2011 she gives birth to her third child and as she is pursuing her degree, she went through a difficult divorce and was left to raise her three children on her own, however this did not detain her from completing her studies in 2013. She received her Bachelors in Psychology in October 2013.
Between 2013-2015 she took the time to restructure herself and her home. Rev. Valdes had a fire in her heart for completing her Masters and in December 2015 she found the right University to continue her studies. She enrolled with Indiana Wesleyan University online as she continued working full time, serving in ministry full time and being a full time mother.
While Rev. Valdes was nearing the end of her Masters in Divinity another shift occurs in her life and God opens the doors to serve in a new congregation. In January 2019, Rev. Esther Valdes accepts Gods call to Parkway Christian Church. In the fall of 2019 Esther receives her Master in Divinity from Indiana Wesleyan University and has been actively serving in Parkway Christian Church as the Associate Minister, sharing the many talents and gifts that God has given her.
Rev. Esther Valdes has worked together with Rev. Charlie Wallace to sustain Parkway throughout the transition the church was going through pre Covid and sustain the church through the pandemic.
Her drive for excellence and creativity motivates others to experience God and ministry at a different level. She encourages and challenges others to step out on faith and to get to know God at a deeper level. Her welcoming spirit, warmth, and humor, draw people to realize that having a living faith in Jesus Christ is the best choice every single day, regardless of what is happening.