Chaplain Cesar Duran

Chaplain Cesar DuranThe Rev. Cesar M. Duran is a native of Mexico, ordained as an elder in the Methodist Church of Mexico in 1995 and has pastored churches in Mexico for 13 years. He holds a Bachelor’s of Theology degree from Seminario Juan Wesley in Monterrey, Mexico, and a Master of Divinity degree from Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. 

Duran’s full-time work is as a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving through the National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministry as coordinator for Hispanic/Latino Ministry of the Rocky Mountain Annual Conference. He was commissioned in June 2015.

“I began to serve God when I was a child in my home church,” Cesar says. “Then I served God in the district and conference as a youth leader. In one of the trainings, God called me to the ministry. I clearly heard the call of God but I refused to listen. After a lot of struggle, I accepted the call and went to the seminary.” He was 17 years old when God called.

Cesar is married to Andrea Palacios. The couple has two children: one son, Cesar Duran Jr., who is in the University of Nebraska at Kearney, and one daughter, America Shalom.

Cesar became involved with CrossTraining in 2016. Cesar helps with the spiritual and pastoral care of the Spanish-speaking players and staff. His duties include translation and helping connect and integrate players, staff, and their families into the surrounding community. 

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Degrees and Education

MDiv – Iliff School of Theology, Denver, Colorado

BA – Theology, Seminario Juan Wesley, Monterrey, Mexico


Team – América (Mexico)
Book – Developing the Leaders Around You by John Maxwell
Movie – Star Wars
Quote – If you dont live to serve, you are no good to live.