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Iraida Ruiz De Porras

Chair, Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry, Senior Pastor

Iraida Ruiz de Porras has been appointed the full-time senior pastor at Christ UMC in Lakewood.

Iraida Ruiz de Porras
Iraida Ruiz de Porras is currently serving at First UMC in Hasbrouck Heights and “Nuevo Nacimiento” in Paterson. She is also on various committees/boards: GBHEM, COSROW, Palisades DCOM, and Theological School Alumni Association Executive Board. She has a business degree from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, and an MDiv from Drew Theological School with awards such as the Henry L. Lambdin Prize for Excellence in Pastoral Leadership. She has deep passion for ministry and is privileged to see God at work in the lives of those she serves. Her daughter Alexandra and husband Kevin journey along with her in ministry.

About Christ UMC in Lakewood
678 5th St
Lakewood, NJ 08701

Christ Church is located in an urban setting expecting continued population growth in the next decade. The congregation is multi-cultural and bilingual with 30 percent of the congregation speaking Spanish. Worship services are uniquely traditional following the Word and Table pattern. There are combined English and Spanish services. Committees have representation from each language group. Christ Church also has a van ministry. The church has active United Methodist Women’s and United Methodist Men’s groups, a food pantry, participates in the Interfaith Hospitality Network, hosts Hurricane Sandy relief groups at a home on Lapsley Lane and sends a work team to Red Bird Mission annually. Christ Church has Sunday Schools and ongoing Bible study groups in Spanish and English.

Christ UMC in Lakewood

Physical Address

678 Fifth St
Lakewood, NJ 08701

Mailing Address

678 Fifth St
Lakewood, NJ 08701