Ruben Barbosa serves as the Senior Pastor for Nueva Creación, our Spanish service which meets on Saturday night at 6pm. Ruben, his wife Romanita, and their son Ruben III have served at Fellowship faithfully for quite some time. The Lord is doing great things through Nueva Creación and Pastor Ruben.
How did you know you were “called” into the ministry?
It started out slowly. I began as a teenager and early 20s reading and studying scripture. It started out more for personal curiosity but grew into an obsession with learning more. I had an opportunity to share what I had learned with a couple people and it was so rewarding even though one of them rejected what I had to say. I was hooked on sharing Jesus. One out of two ain’t bad.
What led you to fellowship?
Initially I saw a church that needed help with a few things and I really wanted to give a hand. This was before the building. Some times it was help with youth, sharing our bus, sharing our church building. When we left our former church, we came to fellowship for rest and recovery. We were so welcomed and shown so much love, we knew we were going to stay a while.
How long have you been in the ministry?
Over 20 years in various ways. We started as missionaries spending most weekends on mission trips to Mexico. We eventually joined a church when our son was wanting to be baptized. I saw a lot of need and so I volunteered for as much as I could including Youth Pastor and Deacon, as well as helping start a new church in Wimberley.
What’s one of your favorite things to do?
I like to find ways to spend time with my son. We like to work on his classic car together as well as playing golf when we can. He is getting older and I want to cherish this time we have.
Where do you see Nueva in the next 5 years?
I see us having grown into both a Spanish and an English service, with a membership able to maintain a new church building.
What is your biggest hope for Nueva?
To be able to share the gospel with as many people as we can in a language they can understand. My Spanish isn’t the best, but my love for people shines through. We are seeing new people join us from Central and South America now and they seem to appreciate the effort.