Hello! My name is Christópher Abreu Rosario (pronounced KREES-TOH-FAY AH-BRAY-oh-HROH-ZAH-REE-oh), most people call me Ófe. I am a Dominican-American with a bit of a sweet tooth and a serious love for Jesus Christ.
I study at Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta, GA, seeking ordination in the Presbyterian Church (USA).
I have interned at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Trenton, NJ, and completed a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) unit with San Francisco Night Ministry.
I am under the care of the Presbytery of San Francisco and Mission Bay Community Church (SF).
Practical Approach to Ministry: Storytelling
With a prior career in Film and Television production, I've learned the power of storytelling. Every culture across the globe has story, a unifying aspect of our humanity that, when used for good, can teach, connect, and inspire communities for just change and personal and spiritual growth.
From a practical theological approach, I witness ministry to be just like a film production. The final story is crafted through the work of producers, writers, directors, actors, lighting technicians, set designers, costume designers, art directors, prop makers, camera operators, continuity supervisors, graphic designers, musicians, editors, publicists, distributors, and the multitude of technical and assistant roles that make a production possible. No one person or department works alone, every single aspect of a film is informed and crafted by a variety of sources. Every decision is molded over and over again as all decisions have knock off effects on the rest of the production. If that is not enough, the final "product" is released to an audience which it informs, and was informed by in its creation. The results are reflected upon, and new projects are started, with every aspect of it being informed by the experiences of all that came before.
So is practical thelogy, informed by and informing the cultures and subcultures it serves. A pastor, educator, or a theologian alone does not make the practice of ministry happen, nor does one skill alone make ministry happen. Contextual stories are crafted in our witness as they are crafted in our Biblical text, through the informed, practiced, and reflected upon involvement of people in community for community, searching for God in our midst.
This site serves as a portfolio for my work in ministry. Check out some of my sermon samples, look through some excerpts from my prior ministry experience, or see my education history.
I invite you to see my full résumé on LinkedIn. I also write for the blog ROMANS1310, chronicling my journey of faith, following the will of God to enter ministry, and surviving what is seminary as a gay Latinx man in a predominately Euro-American denomination.