It is with joy that I announce that I will be appointing the Rev. Dr. Felicisimo “Fel” Cao as the Director of Camping and Retreat Ministries and Young People’s Ministry effective July 1, 2018. Rev. Cao has served in our annual conference since 1999. In his present appointment he is serving as the Pastor of Wayside UMC in Vallejo. He will be succeeding Kelly Peterson Cruse who assumed a fulltime role with Discipleship Ministries this month.
Fel brings a deep love for young people and an ability to build loving relationships with them that inspires them to seek Christ. His service in camping and retreat ministries like the Christmas Institute, and his cultural competency, will bring rich gifts to this area of ministry.
The Rev. Dr. Felicisimo Cao, 54, also served the Sanger UMC from 2013 to 2014, Valley Faith UMC in Sunnyvale from 2002 to 2010, Fresno Christian Fellowship from 1999 to 2002. A native of the Philippines, he served Bulacan in the Philippines Annual Conference from 1992 to 1997.
Fel says, “I’m very excited to serve with the Bishop in the area of youth and young adult ministries as I am committed to the mission focus area of developing young principled Christian leaders. This is one of the areas in our church and community ministries that I am very passionate about. I believe that the young people and young adults are called to serve as agents of evangelization and transformation of the community and the world.”
Rev. Dr. Cao graduated from FEBIAS College of the Bible in the Philippines earning a Bachelor of Theology, followed by the completion of a Masters of Divinity (with honors) from Union Theological Seminary in the Philippines. He also earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Pacific School of Religion (PSR). Rev. Dr. Cao completed a residency in clinical pastoral education at Sutter General Hospital in Sacramento.
Currently, Pastor Cao, serves as the chair of the Western Jurisdiction Inter-Ethnic Coordinating Committee, and the Western Jurisdiction Asian American Coordinating Committee. He also serves on the Western Jurisdiction Leadership Team.
In our own annual conference, he serves on the Immigration Task Force and was vice-chair of the Board of Ordained Ministry from 2011 to 2012, and served as the board’s chair from 2012 to 2016. His colleagues elected him to serve as a reserve delegate to General Conference 2016 in Portland, OR, and a delegate to the Western Jurisdictional Conference in Scottsdale, AZ.
Fel is married to Nerice. Nerice, who is a deaconess, teaches at Fairview State Preschool in the Fairview-Suisun Unified School District. In March, they celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. They are the parents of two adult children, and a teenager. Andrea is the Site Manager-Events Coordinator for Ricoh-Amazon Web Services in San Franciso, and Asbury, is a Systems Engineer at SIEMENS Building Technologies in Hayward. Amos is a ninth grader at Jesse Bethel High School in Vallejo.
I am so grateful that Fel, with the support of his family, has accepted this important position in the life of our Conference. Let's pray for Fel and his family in this time of transition.
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño
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