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Chapel program for May 4 featured Campus Hill pastor

Marlene Ferreras
Marlene Ferreras
The Loma Linda University chapel programs for May 4 featured a speaker from Campus Hill Church.

Marlene Ferreras, associate pastor, Campus Hill Church, Loma Linda, spoke during the May 4 chapel program.

Pastor Ferreras was born to Cuban parents who came to the United States in the 1970s Freedom Flights. She lives in Riverside, California, with her mother, Mayra, an elementary school teacher. She has a younger sister Jessica, who is the campus chaplain at Puget Sound Adventist Academy in Seattle, Washington.

Pastor Ferreras grew up in Riverside where she attended La Sierra Academy and later La Sierra University (LSU). Realizing she had grown up and received all her education from one small town in southern California, she decided to expand her world view. She left to study in Athens, Greece, in the summer of 1999 and spent a year in Sagunto, Spain.

After returning from her travels in Europe, in August 2001 she was assigned as an extern at Loma Linda Campus Hill Church and has not left since. Before graduating from La Sierra University she served as the pastoral assistant for youth ministry. In June, 2003, she graduated from LSU with two degrees; a bachelor’s degree in religious studies and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish. Pastor Ferreras graduated with honors. Her honors project was titled “Genesis 38, A Story of Loss and Reclamation: Tamar and Latina Immi-grants in the United States.” Immediately after graduation she was officially appointed by the Southeastern Califor-nia Conference to the Campus Hill Church pastoral staff as full time pastor for youth ministry.

In her brief tenure in ministry, Pastor Ferreras is gaining national attention as a powerful preacher and teacher of the Word of God.

Loma Linda University chapel programs are sponsored by the office of student affairs and are held in University Church. Programs are held every Wednesday from 8:10 to 9:00 a.m.

TODAY news for Thursday, May 5, 2005