José and Gisela Rodrigues

José and Gisela Rodrigues

José pastors the evangelical church in Alto do Moinho and a church plant in Azoia.

In 1983, José came to England to prepare for the Christian ministry. He studied under the tutorship of a pastor in a local church situation. On his return to Portugal, José spent one year working in his home church before embarking on a pioneer work with two other couples in the town of Alto do Moinho.

The work in Alto do Moinho has continued unabated since 1986. As the work progressed a church was established with José as the pastor. All age groups are represented in the congregation with a membership of about sixty people, and a regular Sunday attendance of about seventy. This number has been maintained for some years despite the difficult employment situation taking people away from the area in search of work. Long working hours prevent others from being as actively involved in church life as they would wish.  

In 2012 a church plant began to take shape in Azoia – José’s place of birth – and a Bible study was set up. One of the Christian families who were part of the core group offered a place that could be used to hold the meetings. In 2014, the new premises were ready to be used for meetings; the work among children is also growing and a means of encouragement.​

José's first wife, Elisa, passed into the presence of the Lord in July 2021. José remarried in December 2022 to Gisela.

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Elisa Rodrigues interview

December 12, 2020
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Elisa Rodrigues speaks openly to Vivienne Birch about her battle with ovarian cancer and her faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
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