Meet Our Pastor

Pastor Mario Velez

Pastor Mario Velez was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where most of his family still resides. He grew up in the Methodist Church where he received his call to ministry at an early age. Mario earned a degree in Electrical Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico. He moved to Virginia in 2010, where he and his wife Marielis have two children, a daughter Sarielis and a son Marckos. Pastor Mario was appointed as a Lay Pastor in Spirit and Life in 2016 where he also served as one of the worship leaders for the bilingual service. Pastor Mario’s greatest passion is preaching the word of God and leading people to a life-saving, life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ. He loves to worship God and plays the piano and guitar. He enjoys spending time with his family and during his leisure time, Pastor Mario enjoys riding his motorcycle, riding an electric one wheel, hiking, and flying remote control planes! 

Pastor Mario's favorite scripture is:  

"Todo lo puedo en Cristo que me fortalece." Filipenses 4:13

"I can do everything through him who gives me strength." Philippians 4:13