In this episode of Deep Reckonings, Rev. Jason Villegas discusses navigating identity, power, and authority, by tracing his own journey of understanding and discovery.
Jason Villegas is the current pastor of Murfreesboro United Methodist Church in Hertford County and served full-time in two other rural churches before then. Jason serves on the Hispanic/Latinx Committee of our Conference and has served on the Conference’s Missions Committee/Board of Missions, The Refugee and Immigration Committee, and led the Immigration Ministry Task Force. He graduated from Duke Divinity School in 2013 with a Masters of Divinity and a certificate in prison studies and Chowan University before that. He’s currently in the Rural Ministry Fellowship cohort of the Doctor of Ministry program at Duke Divinity School. As a racially mixed Caucasian-Latino-Native American, Jason intentionally inhabits the liminal space between. He’s particularly interested in reimagining how the American Church can both atone for the harm it’s caused and continue to be reborn in a way that seeks justice and freedom through love and grace. To this end, he thinks that our current moment of service to God and humanity, like the funeral service, is a “service of death and resurrection,” in which we are seeing the demise of the old and waiting for the birth of the new.