From the nations to the nations for the glory of God and the salvation of the world
The Reverend Jonatas Bragatto moved from Italy to England as a missionary last year. Since October, he is working with the Free Church of England assisting in the Northern Diocese after lecturing in a bible institute in London.
The Reverend Jonatas Bragatto BTh is a young Italian missionary who grew up in Brazil and the United States. He is the third generation of Minister’s in his family and graduated with a Bachelor of Theology degree from Peniel Baptist College of Brazil.
Now committed to the Anglican vision, he has felt called by God to work in the U.K. to revitalize existing congregations and plant new churches. To that end, he has joined The Free Church of England, and is currently working in that church’s Northern Diocese.
His previous experience includes pastoring congregations in Brazil and lecturing in several Bible institutes and seminaries in Brazil and London.
Reverend Jonatas came from a Baptist ministry, since Bible College, he dedicated most of his time studying church history and the importance of biblical episcopacy. When God called him to move to England in 2016, after lecturing in a Bible School in London, he decided that this was the right time to join an Anglican Church. Since October 2017, he is assisting the Bishop of the Northern Diocese. At the 11th of February 2018, Jonatas Bragatto was officially received in the FCE as a minister in a status of a deacon, as he was already an ordained minister in his previous church.
As the Free Church of England understand the importance of the of the Apostolic Succession and maintain this historical tradition, he is due to be ordained as a Presbyter in the Church of God at St John’s with Trinity Church in Tottington
THE BISHOP’S INVITATION
The Bishop of the Northern Diocese requests the pleasure of your company for the ordination of Jonatas C.M. Bragatto as a Presbyter in the Church of God at St John’s with Trinity Church, Kirklees Street, Tottington, Bury, BL8 3NJ on Saturday 17th March 2018 ,11.00 a.m. Lunch will be provided. Clergy are invited to robe.
Rt. Rev. Dr John R. K. Fenwick, BSc, BA, MTh, STh, PhD
HIS MINISTRY IN ENGLAND
At the 11th of February of 2018, in Annual General Meeting, The Wardens and Church Council of St Stephen’s, Middlesbrough elected the Reverend Jonatas Bragatto to be their Minister. The invitation follows three visits to the Church, on two of which he preached.
St Stephen’s Church was founded in 1908 and the buildings on Woodfield Road were the centre of a flourishing Christian community. In 2017, following the discovery of structural faults, the Church building and hall were sold.
The congregation is currently worshipping in the John Paul II Centre in Middlesbrough (Grange Road 55, TS1 5AU). They are looking forward to working with Jonatas to reach out with the Gospel and to build God’s Church.
It is exciting times for the Northern Diocese of the Free Church of England; churches are being revitalise and there are many plans for church plant in the north of England.