Pastor Mario Will Be Arriving the Last Week in July
Mario Alberto Bolivar was born in Barranquilla [baraŋˈkiʝa] which is on the northern coast of Colombia. He went to a Presbyterian High School in Colombia and later received his Bachelors Degree in Law from the Simon Bolivar University of Colombia in 2006. Mario later graduated with his Master of Divinity from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH in 2013. Most recently, he has completed an Executive Training in Adaptive Leadership from McCormick Seminary.
Mario began his ministry as a camp counselor at Kirkmont Center and continued his ministry as a Youth Pastor and Seminary Intern with The First Presbyterian Church of Troy in Ohio. Mario was ordained as a Minister of the Word and Sacrament on September 18, 2014 by the Cayuga-Syracuse Presbytery. He is currently serving the First Presbyterian Church of Skaneateles as an Associate Pastor, serves in the Council of the Presbytery vice-chair and Communication Committee as chair.
Mario and Melissa Bolivar were married on May 21, 2011 and together have a child name Dante David Bolivar who was born in 2015. Mario and Mel are bilingual, so Dante is being raised to speak both English and Spanish. Mario was delighted to become an American Citizen last summer concluding a six-year process with United States Citizen and Immigration Services.
In his free time, Mario enjoys working on home improvements and playing competitive slow pitch softball. As a family, they enjoy going on day trips and discovering God’s beauty while having an adventure. Throughout the year and church calendar, Mario enjoys using film and technology to share the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Please pray for our youth group, which will be attending Student Life at the Beach Camp this summer from July 9-13. This is an amazing opportunity for young people to grow closer in their walk with God. Your prayers for our safety, fellowship, and spiritual growth are appreciated. We may have one extra spot available, for interested participants.