The Rev Irma Bañales
DIRECTOR FOR EVANGELICAL MISSION. DEPLOYED STAFF AT THE
EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH IN AMERICA, CHICAGO
CHURCHWIDE OFFICE TO THE NORTHERN TEXAS–NORTHERN LOUISIANA SYNOD
Pastora Irma Bañales served as the pastor/developer of First Sagrada Familia Lutheran Church, Garland, TX, from 2013 to 2017. While developing that congregation, she was also the Dean for the NT-NL Synod’s Latin@ Conference. Prior to this call, she served as the Hispanic/Latin@ Ministries Coordinator of the synod (2004-2013).
She began working for the synod as the Receptionist/Administrative Assistant to the Mission Director (1999-2003). Pastora Bañales was ordained in the NT-NL Synod on May 24, 2014. She received her degree in Family Counseling from TCU/Brite Divinity School in 2010. She supplemented her training with the Parish Lay Minister Academy (2009-2010). She followed that with her attendance in the TEEM program at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (2012-2014).
Pastora Bañales has also been involved significantly with ELCA Churchwide, serving on the following ELCA teams: Mission Developers Training Planning Team, Future Directions Table Team, Latin@ Strategy Table, New Mission Developers Interviewers Team, and Latin@ Coaching Team.