by Nina Crowder
San Manuel Miner
During difficult economic times everyone seems to be hit by financial struggles. Anthony DaCunha and his family are no exception. Pastor DaCunha was living in the Houston, Texas area looking for a stable job for approximately two years. Pastor DaCunha knows of a religious singer that was in Dudleyville for a mission conference. When these people heard that Pastor DaCunha was looking for work, several people at different times informed the Head Deacon at the Dudleyville church that Pastor DaCunha would be perfect. It was amazing to hear that they were referred by different people, all for the same position. Pastor DaCunha has been in the missionary field for around 18 years and has a great deal of experience as well as a wonderful amount of passion for what he does.
Pastor DaCunha and Gloria interviewed with the San Pedro Valley Baptist Church around Easter this year. Pastor DaCunha said, “It felt like it was home, as if we belonged here.” Pastor DaCunha and his wife had to return to Texas to get things in order and everything packed. Both Pastor DaCunha and his wife felt like the new church and job were there new home. They were filled with love, passion and excitement.
The Baptist churches are always involved in missionary work some of the missionary work is done in France, Southern California, Ukraine, Cambodia, Portugal and many other areas in the world. Pastor DaCunha has extensive work in Portugal, especially as his father is Portuguese. The church promotes and supports the missionary field. The churches role in the missionary field is to help emotionally, spiritually, personally, and when family needs are in order. The church is supportive and does everything it can to help.
Pastor DaCunha and his wife Gloria have four children, three sons ages 26, 24, 22 and one daughter Joy who is 14. There 24-year-old son is married and just had a child in July, so now they have three boys, one daughter and one grand-daughter. They have lived in California for a great period of their lives. They are truly looking forward to the experience of living and working here in Dudleyville for the San Pedro Valley Baptist Church.
Pastor DaCunha and his wife Gloria were a pleasure to spend time with. There is love all around them and happiness seemed to fill the room as we talked. Whether you are looking for a change, a new experience in a church setting, new and exciting people to share stories with, or people who care a great deal about you, come see Pastor DaCunha at the San Pedro Valley Baptist Church at 4670 N. Dudleyville Rd., in Dudleyville or feel free to call with any questions at 520-357-7353.