Pastor, St. Mark's United Methodist Church Brooklyn, NY
Rev. Morais G. Quissico is the pastor of St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Brooklyn since July 1, 2019. Before coming to St. Mark's, Rev. Quissico was pastor of Epworth UMC in the Bronx, from February 2013 through June 2019
While in the Bronx, Rev. Quissico also served as president of the Clergy Coalition of the New York Police Department’s 44th Precinct where he helped fight crime and improve police-community relations. He served as Vice-President of the Bronx Cluster of the UMCs and he served as Lead Pastor to the New York Conference’s experimental South Bronx Cooperative Parish from 2017-2018.
Quissico chaired the Metropolitan District Council on Ministries. He also served as a member of the Northeastern Jurisdiction’s Global Structuring Task Force. Currently he is the chair of the New York Conference’s Connectional Ministries Vision Table (CMVT); member of the Long Island West District Committee on Ordained Ministries, Emergency Response Committee and Parish Development Committee.
Rev. Quissico started his pastoral ministry in January of 1993 in Mozambique. By the grace of God, this year he celebrates 28 years of life transforming ministry at local, national and global level. While in Mozambique, Quissico served as Pastor in three congregations and five years as national Disaster Relief Coordinator for the United Methodist Committee On Relief (UMCOR), providing relief to victims of natural calamities. For 7 years, Rev. Quissico served as Executive Secretary for Africa at the General Board of Global Ministries, based in New York where he provided oversight to the work of missionaries deployed in Africa and coordinated church development projects and funding.
Quissico is fluent in nine languages and serves as language interpreter and translator for the UMC General Conferences, Central Conferences and other denominational events worldwide.
The most precious gift in Rev. Quissico’s life is his wife Fatima of 28 years, son Helton and daughter Vania. One of his favorite Scripture verses is Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through [Christ] who strengthens me.”