Candidate Endorsed for Episcopacy (RBMC)

February 13, 2020
By Rev. Jim Savage
The Red Bird Missionary Conference of the United Methodist Church’s General Conference 2020 delegation  has unanimously endorsed Rev. Dr. Iosmar Alvarez to be a Candidate for Episcopacy in the Southeastern Jurisdiction.

Alvarez, currently serving as Superintendent of the Lexington District of the Kentucky Annual Conference, is a native of Cuba, where he was a veterinarian. He arrived in the United States in 2001. He began ministry in the Kentucky Conference in 2002. He has a passion for introducing people to Jesus and making disciples of Jesus Christ. Alvarez has served as a Hispanic ministries church planter in Louisville, Lexington and Hopkinsville. He is the founder of Fuente de Avivamiento in Lexington.

He is a 2011 graduate of United Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. He  received a Master’s in Christian Leadership from Lindsey Wilson College in 2012 and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2017. He received the 2013 Harry Denman Award.

Alvarez is a nationally known speaker on leadership development and church growth and has authored several books on 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,” said 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," said Rev. Robert Amundsen, head of the Red Bird delegation.

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