Our Pastor

Pastor Efrain Zavala was born in Sonora, Mexico. Growing up, he attended a Methodist church of Mexico and volunteered in its official youth organization. He moved to Somerton at the age of 17 and, starting in 2009, he served a small Hispanic congregation for a couple of years. Pastor Efrain worked as a counselor at a mental health agency and, in 2011, he became a U.S. citizen, earned a Master’s degree in Community Counseling at Northern Arizona University, and moved to New Jersey to pursue his theological studies. He served as a local pastor in Southern New Jersey from 2013 to 2016. After feeling the need to move back to the Arizona desert, he served as a youth pastor at the Sierra Vista United Methodist Church. Pastor Efrain is very excited to serve as the minister at the Santa Cruz Valley United Methodist Church in Sahuarita. He is married to Michelle, and they are the parents of a very energetic four-year- old, Michaela.

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