Associate Dean of Spiritual Life & Cultural Integration
M.A., Vanguard University
B.A., Vanguard University
Certified Spiritual Director – Portland Seminary
Hired in 2022
Carlos is a Los Angeles native, and it is growing up there that he cultivated an early love for film and music. His undergraduate focus was in Communication and Film Studies and it was during this season that his interests expanded to include worship leading, leadership development, and spiritual formation. Carlos then pursued graduate work in Leadership Studies with an emphasis in Spiritual Formation. His dual love for nature and ancient spiritual practices led him to write his thesis on early Celtic Spirituality and how its practices can inform the church for today.
Carlos has a combined 20+ years of experience in Higher Ed and pastoral ministry in the local church. He has served in ministry contexts both locally and globally as a worship pastor, spiritual formation pastor, and most recently as a certified spiritual director.
He and his family moved to Portland in 2012 and he thrives in the city’s live music scene, food and beverage culture, and running trails. He continues to indulge his love for film by hosting a film discussion club and getting out to Portland’s various independent movie theaters every chance he gets.