Aurelino and Isabel Cruz

United States

Service Area: City

Ministry Focus

Pastor Aurelino Cruz and family came to the United States from Brazil in 2001 to work in New Bedford, Massachusetts, beginning a church plant for the First Baptist Church of Great New Bedford.

In 2004, with Missions Door, they began a new step being a church planting in Rhode Island among the ethnic community of Brazilians, Portuguese and Cape Verdeans, planting 3 churches (2004 East Providence/ 2008 Newport – RI . Since 2015 Aurelino had been working as a Church networker for Missions Door Northeast (International Minister) among Ecuadorians Quechuas immigrants in NY. Since 2020, during Pandemia, start planting a Brazilian/American church (New Covenant Baptist Church – Boston), training new boards, developing ministries in whole levels. Aurelino still member at Barrington Baptist Church/RI – where he had been leading Missions trip to Honduras and inside USA, he had been working in two areas: Spring Valley, Albany – NY, among Spanish speaking, also planting Church in Boston – MA, among Brazilians community.

Faith Story

Pastor Aurelino and Isabel grew up in the country of Minas Gerais in Brazil, but in different towns.

Aurelino was evangelized by Campus Crusade in the college where he accepted Jesus and was baptized in 1990. He became a member of Missionary Baptist Church in the town of Ipatinga – MG Brazil.  The church encouraged him to attend the Baptist Seminary where he graduated with a bachelor’s in Theology degree in 1996. The church also ordained him in 1998.

Isabel, after graduating as a pharmacist from Federal University in 1990, became a Christian at Missionary Baptist Church and got involved in a lot different ministries (children and families). The Cruzes focus their lives on missions, and after working in two churches as an associate pastor, Aurelino moved his family to the U.S. where he’s been planting churches and Church Networker International Minister for Missions Door.

The entire family are members of Barrington Baptist Church, Rhode Island.


Aurelino and Isabel were married 1991 and have two daughters: Fernanda and Rafaela. Fernanda is Business Graduated and lives in LA, CA. Rafaela is Graduated in Communication involved in IT ministry worship, Aurelino’s hobby is fishing and traveling with his family.

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn. Isaiah 61:1-2