Death of Pastor Rafael Luz

Death of Pastor Rafael Luz

Jacques Venter (BUC Associate Executive Secretary)

We were saddened to learn of the death of Pastor Rafael Luz on 5 April 2021. Pastor Luz was born on  15 May 1967 in Brazil. On 21 August 2005 he married Sheilla Ferraz and their union brought about Shawn and Timothy.

Pastor Luz joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church denominational service in the UK in 2005 as the Dean of Boarding at Stanborough School. In 2007 he accepted a call from the South England Conference and began serving as a licensed pastor among several of the Portuguese-speaking churches across the Conference and was later ordained in June 2009.

After serving in the South of England for 11 years, Pastor Luz and his family accepted a call from the Welsh Mission to serve as pastor in the Swansea, Port Talbot and Haverfordwest district of churches from January 2019. He faithfully served the members and public in this district until his resignation at the end of February 2021.

Soon after, Pastor Luz travelled to Brazil for some medical treatment where he contracted Covid-19 and sadly succumbed to its impact on 5 April 2021.

Pastor Luz was much loved wherever he served and leaves behind his wife Sheilla and two sons, Shawn and Timothy.

We now look forward to Christ's soon return and that glorious resurrection day.