August 18, 2019—Vilmarie Cintrón-Olivieri, Co-Moderator of the 223rd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) will speak at the Opening Convocation for Columbia Theological Seminary this year. The event will be held in the Columbia Presbyterian Church located at 711 South Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA on September 4, 2019 at 10:30 am. This year’s Convocation will begin Columbia Seminary’s 192nd session.
Cintrón-Olivieri is a ruling elder who has served on the Committee on Theological Education (COTE) and as a translator from English to Spanish at numerous General Assemblies. A life-long Presbyterian, she considers serving as a Youth Advisory Delegate (YAD) to the 205th General Assembly in 1993 as a pivotal experience in understanding for the first time the scope of being a connectional church. Soon after serving as a YAD, Vilmarie was ordained as a ruling elder at the Iglesia Presbiteriana en Caparra Terrace, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Cintrón-Olivieri is a native of Puerto Rico and an English as a Second Language teacher. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education (English as a Second Language) from the University of Puerto Rico and a master’s in education (Curriculum and Teaching) from Turabo University. Dedicating most of her adult life to education, teaching high schoolers and adults, she began her teaching experience as a Sunday School teacher.
Cintrón-Olivieri lives in Miami with her husband, José Manuel Capella-Pratts, pastor of First Spanish Presbyterian Church. Last year, she served as moderator of Tropical Florida Presbytery in 2017. She also serves as clerk of the Presbyterian Hispanic Latino Caucus, Synod of the South Atlantic chapter, and is a faculty member of a CREDO team.
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Michael Thompson, Director of Communications