Meet the Pastor
Rev. Edwin Zarate

Pastor Edwin Zarate

Rev. Edwin Zarate is an ordained clergy of the United Methodist Church with 30+ years of service in the ministry. He started as a student pastor in 1989 and was ordained elder in full connection in 1999. Prior to his coming to the US, he served several churches in the Philippines, started several new congregations, and was engaged in community organizing and advocacy for social justice. He served as conference chair of the Board of Church and Society; Youth Ministry Coordinator; and chair of the District Committee on Ordained Ministry of the Central District, Pangasinan Annual Conference, Philippines.

He enjoys preaching, working with youth and senior adults, and working with people of different backgrounds and faith traditions. He enjoys nature, art, zen, and centering prayer. Rev. Zarate is a self-taught artist who held several art exhibits in public libraries and galleries and uses his artworks for sermons, devotionals, and group discussions.

He came to the US in 2006 and served as associate pastor of Umphress Road United Methodist Church in Dallas. While at Umphress Road, he served as a youth pastor and Christian Education minister and worked with Filipino immigrants in the area connecting them to the local congregation. He was assigned senior pastor of St. Marks United Methodist Church in Mesquite in July 2014 to the present and serves in the District Committee on Ordained Ministry at the Metro District. Reverend Zarate received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Luzon, Philippines; his Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in the Philippines; and received his certification in Spiritual Direction at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

He is married to Janice Chaarmi Zarate and is blessed with three grown children: Ninna, a fashion design student; Saro, an AV tech; and Diwa, a high school sophomore.