The DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative staff welcomes Misael Guzman (Newark 2014) to our team of liaisons. Misael will support alumni relations and local follow up efforts in the New York City and in the Newark, New Jersey metropolitan region.
Misael has been in ministry for more than 15 years. An I.T. professional by day, Misael serves as an associate pastor at Calvary Christian Center in Newark, engages heavily in community advocacy, and is active on the public speaking circuit. He has a deep passion for the development and health of New York City, Newark, and the surrounding communities. His work often affords the opportunity to build strategic relationships with local clergy, police, and a variety of civic leaders.
As someone who can relate to the struggles of urban youth ministry, Misael has high aspirations for strengthening relationships with our New York and New Jersey-based DVULI alumni. He believes there are many opportunities to collaborate with local stakeholders, and he looks forward to acting as a bridge between local stakeholders, the youth worker community, and his DVULI alumni family.
“I’m excited about what can develop in our community,” Misael said. “However, my heart is heavy from growing up in the city of Newark. I know the need for discipleship and the need for having leaders in your life who will walk with you.”
When leadership in his ministry and community is not vying for his attention, Misael can be found spending quality time with his family. “I love playing with my boys and my family,” said the father of three. “Going hiking is one of our favorite getaways.”
Last September, Misael traveled to Grand Rapids, Michigan to join the DVULI liaison team at their annual gathering for training. He has already started convening alumni in the NY/NJ region for ongoing relationship building, strategic planning, and collaboration opportunities.
Currently, Misael is studying business management at Kean University. Misael and his wife of 18 years, Madeline, reside in Union, NJ with their daughter and two sons.
Feel free to send Misael a congratulatory email at: firstname.lastname@example.org