Pastor Marcos O. Almonte is a Pastor in the reformed tradition. He was born in Puerto Rico into a Christian pastoral home. His father is a Baptist minister and chaplain, serving for over 35 years. At the age of six, he committed his life to the Lord and by age twelve, Marcos began to preach in many churches around the world. He and his parents were missionaries in Bolivia for six years. From 1994 through 2000, Marcos was the editor of the International Ministries “God’s Kids”, a newsletter from missionary kids to Baptist churches.
Pastor Almonte returned to the States in 2000 to attend Judson College where he earned his BA degree in Psychology in 2004. During his years at Judson, Marcos led four international mission trips. He chaired the Community Outreach team which led the entire student body in serving the homeless and in battered women shelters in the metro-Chicago area. In 2004, he was elected as the first minority student body president. He also met his future wife, Mary, who graduated from Judson with a BA degree in Fine Arts.
In 2008, Marcos graduated from Palmer Theological Seminary with his Masters of Divinity and was ordained at Springfield Baptist Church. Pastor Marcos has been serving at Brandywine Baptist since being called to the church in January of 2014. Pastor Marcos has over 10 years specializing in trauma and addictions.
Pastor Marcos’ vision as a pastor is to serve God’s people and together build His Kingdom. He sees the church as an assembly of believers that come together to fellowship, worship, and serve the Lord. He believes that the faithful of God are equipped to fulfill the mission of the church, which is to make disciples of all nations. He believes God has called him to serve and lead his people to do the work of God, to develop a closer relationship with Him, and to introduce others to Christ so that Jesus may reign in their lives.
Marcos and his wife Mary were married in 2004. They have three children: Carmen, Leo and Lincoln. They currently reside in Chadds Ford within the Unionville Chadds Ford School District. They serve here at Brandywine Baptist Church in the heart of Wyeth country (Mary’s favorite artist is NC Wyeth).