Rev. José Antonio Machado
Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico Antonio moved to New York City, where his love for baseball and hot dogs began. He received his Masters of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary. He has traveled throughout Latin America with The Lutheran World Federation. In 1997 Pastor Antonio received Luther Seminary’s Race, Church, and Change Award for his work in multicultural ministry, race relations, and reconciliation. In 2004 he was named the Latino Pastor of the Year in Minneapolis. Pastor Antonio has been a keynote speaker at national ELCA events and is a gifted musician. He has led music at many events and national gatherings for the ELCA. He has been a mission developer in Puerto Rico, Florida, and Minnesota, building bridges with faith communities that include persons of color, non-English speakers and new immigrants. His broad experience with diverse people has given him a passion for reconciliation where “everybody matters.” Pastor Antonio is fluent in Spanish.