Where were you born and where do you live now?
I was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. When I was 17 years old, I went to Eduardo Lane Biblical Institute in Minas Gerais, where I met my wife. Two years later, when I finished the Biblical Institute, I moved to Uberlandia, Minas Gerais, and started to work in a corporate group. Since that time I have lived in Uberlandia, MG.
How did you become a Christian and did camp play a role in your spiritual development?
When I was 12 years old, I met Jesus at a camp. Since that time, camp has been a part of my life. Then, 18 years ago we bought some land and started to build a camp. Now I work full time as the director of our camp, Manancial Adventure Camp.
Tell us about your family.
My wife Nancy is a dentist and my daughter, Larissa, is too. My son-in-law is a veterinarian, but everybody helps a lot in our camp. My wife works as Kitchen Chef, my daughter as Program Director and my son-in-law as Operational Manager.
What role(s) do you have in Christian camping? How have you been involved in CCI?
When we started to build the camp, I looked for help and found Alan Mullins and his wife, Ezia. Alan and Ezia helped me in many ways. They were members of CCI board in Brazil. Since that time I have tried to help CCI in many ways as CCI helped me. For the last five years I have served as a board member of CCI Brazil and, the last three years as president of board.
What do you do on your day off?
When we have day off (which isn’t normal for us), we very much like to travel.
Besides the Bible, what is your favorite book?
I usually read two books a month, so it is difficult to choose just one. However, when I was kid I read “The Eneida” by Homero and I never forgot this story.
What kind of music do you like? Any favorite recording artists or song?
I like “jazz” and “bossa nova” styles of music, and some Brazilian gospel artists like Joao Alexandre, Jorge Camargo, and Janires (from the 70’s).
What is your favorite Bible verse? Any story that tells us why?
Philippians 1:6 is my favorite verse of Bible: “Being confident of this very thing, that he who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Jesus Christ.” That is my real hope.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
My favorite piece of advice is: Before the action, think and plan.
Anything else we need to know about you?
Just two more things.
Many years ago, some church friends and I recorded a gospel CD with a band. It was a fun and great experience.
I worked for 30 years as a Human Talents Director in a big corporate business group, and yet, on the weekends, I worked in a camp.