Rev. Tania Montero was appointed to Dodge City First UMC July 1, 2010. Tania is the associate pastor with responsibilities for our entire congregation, but with emphasis with Casa de Oración, our Spanish-speaking group. Her husband, Rev. Gabriel Marrero served as Hispanic Evangelist for the Great Plains Annual Conference and will begin serving Nuevo Evangelica United Methodist Church in Garden City in July, 2014.
Rev. Tania is Cuban, graduating from the Polytechnic Institute Hermanos Gomez, in Havana. She worked as a manager in Electric Energy Systems before meeting Christ. After devoting her life to Christ, she graduated from the Bible Institute of Guanabacoa, in Havana and obtained a Certificate as Missionary, and served as a Certified Lay Speaker in Havana.
Her experiences in Cuba ranged from teaching Sunday School to working as a pastoral assistant, to eventually being the National Youth Coordinator and receiving her own credentials as a Missionary Pastor. As a pastor, she planted three new communities of faith in Cuba.
In the mid 1990’s, Tania’s husband Gabriel Marrero won the visa lottery for he and Tania to immigrate to the United States. Once here, Tania began to worship and offer leadership in United Methodist Churches in Pennsylvania and Michigan. In the Detroit Annual Conference, Tania once again began to evangelize and plant new communities of faith in the Detroit area.
In 2007, Rev. Tania and her husband were pastors of two separate Hispanic churches in Milwaukee, which they led to merge. Tremendous growth ensued among people from numerous nationalities and cultures, in fact the congregation numbered around 200 in worship when they left.
While in Wisconsin, Rev. Tania completed all courses in the Licensed Pastor Course of Study at Garret Evangelical Seminary in Evanston. She now completes seminary class work in Nashville, through the Latin American Biblical University in Costa Rica. Rev. Tania and Gabriel are also Certified Facilitators for the Hispanic National Plan of the United Methodist Church.
She lists her skills as:
New Church Planting
Identifying and developing new leaders
Administration and Finances