Rev. Thomas R. Francisco
Other job experience: Full and parttime positions at churches in Hollywood, Vero Beach, Hobe Sound, Pahokee and Bryant, Fla., for more than 25 years. Insurance industry for 25 years. Office for shipping company. Spanish teacher for five years in Honduras.
Education: Bachelor's degree, University of Difusora Panamericana, Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Master's degree in divinity, Trinity Theological Seminary, Newburgh, Indiana. Working on master's degree in theology, Trinity Theological Seminary.
Personal: Age 66. Born in Roatan, Honduras.
Family: Married to Mary. Four grown children, five grandchildren.
How did you get into your vocation?
I was an active lay person in my church in Honduras. I wanted to be a good Christian, but didn't feel the urge to be a pastor at first. I saw the great responsibility the pastor had, and I didn't want to be bogged down in that. A pastor in Riviera Beach saw something in me and allowed me to preach at his church, then invited me to attend an AME conference. I decided to go to seminary and follow God's call.
Favorite part of your work?
I think I'm a good administrator, which is important, but what I really enjoy is people. I visit and pray for the sick at homes and hospitals. I do a lot of pastoral care. I also love to preach.
Being constantly on the go and not having enough time for myself and my family. It's also hard to bury the dead and be with families going through that ordeal.
Favorite vacation spot?
We go once a year to Honduras, where we have a home, and visit family. But I'd love to go more often and go fishing there and just relax. When I retire, I'll spend more time there.
Favorite TV shows?
I only watch sports on TV. I like baseball, boxing and volleyball most.
I'm a big Clint Eastwood fan, so anything with him I like. I like his style of talk, his character.
What person in history would you like most to meet?
God answers prayers
IN PROFILE: REV. THOMAS A. FRANCISCO, SENIOR PASTOR, BETHEL AME CHURCH, POMPANO BEACH
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