Missionaries to Costa Rica

Ray and Lidia Zirkel

In January 1995, Ray and Lidia were invited by Dr. Luis Palomo, Bishop, to minister with the Methodist church in Costa Rica.  Ray and Lidia have been ministering with the Evangelical Church since that time.  They serve in a variety of ministry areas within the church.

Ray is an ordained elder in the Methodist Church and serves as a professor at the Evangelical Methodist Seminary.  In addition, Ray is a member of the Board of Directors of the Methodist High School and Elementary School; and, he helps to plant and develop local congregations.  Lidia is the director of the Methodist Children´s Home in Costa Rica.

Together Ray and Lidia host 20 to 25 short-term mission teams each year who work on a variety of church related projects. They are parents to two lovely daughters, Sarah and Emma.

Ray is a native Texan.  He attended Southern Methodist University earning a B.A. in both History and Latin American Studies, a minor in Spanish and a Texas teaching certificate.  While attending SMU, Ray was privileged to assume leadership positions within two Christian ministries on campus:  Campus Crusade for Christ and the University Sunday School Class of Highland Park UMC.  Through his work with these two groups and the continual development of his personal relationship with Christ, he sensed the Lord leading him into full time Christian ministry/mission work.  He began his ministry in 1989 as a missionary to Guatemala, teaching Spanish at a mission school.  In 1990 he returned to the U.S. to attend Seminary at Asbury Theological Seminary graduating in 1994 with a Master´s of Divinity degree.  It was while he was attending seminary that he met Dr. Palomo and was invited to teach at the Methodist Seminary immediately following his graduation.

Lidia is a native Alabamian.  She attended the University of Alabama in Birmingham earning a B.A. in English with a minor in Marketing.  While at UAB, Lidia worked full time in financial marketing and advertising.  It was while Lidia was attending UAB that she became a Christian and felt the Lord leading her into full time ministry.  Lidia graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary with a Master´s of Divinity degree in 1994.  During Lidia´s first year in Costa Rica she attended language school in San Jose.