The Cruzes 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, after an invitation from International Baptist Church in Massachusetts and Missions Door, they began a new step in their ministry, church planting in Rhode Island among the ethnic community of Brazilians, Portuguese and Cape Verdeans. They minister now in two towns: East Providence, among Brazilians and Portuguese/Cape Verdeans, and in Newport, a Brazilian community.
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, where he was born.
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.
The entire family are members of Barrington Baptist Church, Rhode Island, and they focus their call on reaching ethnic groups around New England.
Aurelino and Isabel were married 1991 and have two daughters: Fernanda and Rafaela. Fernanda is worship leader in both communities and loves to play at the Youth Philharmonic. Rafaela is involved in children’s ministry, teaching Bible stories, and she is a singer in the Philharmonic children’s choir. 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