Douglas S. Avilesbernal was brought into this world by God, prepared by God, and called by God to be a bridge between different worlds with many different cultures and languages.
He is the son of missionaries, having been born in Guatemala, Central America. He is married to Anna Wiegner and they have two sons. His growth in Christian faith has spanned three decades, several continents, many countries, and the requisite number of schools, culminating in his ordination to pastoral ministry in 2010 at Calvary Baptist church in Norristown, Pennsylvania.
Among other assignments, Avilesbernal has led the annual conferences for Missionary Children for American Baptist Churches International Ministries. Where issues pertaining to life in diversity are lived out in different contexts by all those children. He has also served in the leading team for the Connect Conference for young American Baptist clergy. He is a frequent speaker and workshop leader for regions and national conferences like, “Welcome to ABC life.”
He is currently the executive minister of the Evergreen Baptist Association of American Baptist Churches. His published works include, Welcoming Community: Diversity That Works, Judson Press. 2016, Trouble the Water, Nurturing Faith inc. 2017.
His TEDx talk: “Tolerance: The End of the Beginning” can be found here.