The Rev. Cesar M. Duran is a native of Mexico, ordained as an elder in the Methodist Church of Mexico in 1995 and has pastored churches in Mexico for 13 years. He holds a Bachelor’s of Theology degree from Seminario Juan Wesley in Monterrey, Mexico, and a Master of Divinity degree from Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado.

Duran’s full-time work is as a Pastor of First United Methodist Church of Laredo, Texas.

“I began to serve God when I was a child in my home church,” Cesar says. “Then I served God in the district and conference as a youth leader. In one of the trainings, God called me to the ministry. I clearly heard the call of God but I refused to listen. After a lot of struggle, I accepted the call and went to the seminary.” He was 17 years old when God called.

Cesar is married to Andrea Palacios. The couple has two children: one son, Cesar Duran Jr., who is in the University of Nebraska at Kearney, and one daughter, America Shalom.

Cesar became involved with CrossTraining in 2016.


MDiv – Iliff School of Theology, Denver, Colorado

BA – Theology, Seminario Juan Wesley, Monterrey, Mexico

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