Reverend Rene A. Perez was born in San Salvador, El Salvador. His family moved to Uniondale, NY when Rene was 15 years old during the civil war in El Salvador. Since 2011, Rene, his wife Wanda, and their three kids reside in Massachusetts, where he serves as the District Superintendent of the Central Massachusetts District of the New England Annual Conference. Rene graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA with a BA in liberal arts with a concentration in Psychology; and a Masters of Divinity Degree from Drew Theological School in Madison, NJ. He served as Director of Latino Ministries and Director of Congregational Development in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference from 2000 to 2008. Before then, Rene served with his wife Wanda, as co-pastors of a multicultural congregation in Philadelphia, PA from 1993 to 2000. From 2008 to 2011, Rene served as the Senior Pastor of the Lititz United Methodist Church in Lititz, PA. During his time at Lititz, the church built a medical clinic, a trade school and a drinking well in Musese, Kenya. Rene has also served as delegate to General and Jurisdictional Conferences in 2004, 2008 and 2016. In 2004 and 2008, he was a delegate representing the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference; and in 2016, he was representing the New England Annual Conference. Rene is a certified professional coach and is currently serving in the United Methodist Northeast Jurisdictional Committee on Appeals as secretary. In the Annual Conference, he serves as dean of cabinet, the conference connectional table, the conference board of community and congregational development, the conference JFON board, and the conference committee on nominations. Rene’s term of office as an elected director of The Fund will expire in 2020.