Levy has just been appointed as our Pastor as of January 2nd, 2018. He was born and raised in the Philippines, entering the ministry after high school. He was ordained in the United Methodist Church in the Philippines, and moved to the United States in 1986 to pursue his theological education. He was appointed to serve his first congregation in North Texas in 1991. Levy loves to read and travel. He enjoys meeting new friends and learning about other cultures and countries. Levy is married to Terry, an elementary school teacher by vocation, and his dear partner in ministry. They have two grown children, Mark and Sherry.

 

Meet Pastor Levy

Wednesday, January 03, 2018
Axe Memorial UMC would like to welcome the Reverend Levy Laguardia and his wife Terry to our Garland Church family. 
  
The Rev. Levy Laguardia and his wife Terry have been appointed to Axe Memorial UMC effective January 2nd 2018. They are Garland residents, and make their home in the South Garland area. Their residence is 2501 Chesapeake Drive, Garland, Tx., 75043. Levy's email is [email protected] Take a minute and send a welcome card or email. 

 They have two grown children, Mark Laguardia and wife Wendi, and Sherry Laguardia , they both attended Dallas schools. Rev. Laguardia has a BA in Arts from Philippine Christian University, a Bachelor of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary also in the Philippines, and his Masters of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology, SMU. Levy was ordained Deacon in 1979, and Elder in 1981. Our incoming pastor has been in ministry for 37 years. He has served in the Philippines for six years, and in the North Texas Conference for 31 years, with his most recent appointment at Northgate UMC in Irving, beginning in 2014 until December 2017.  

Your SPRC committee was excited to see the match with Levy's ministry passions, his gifts and graces, and the ministry needs of Axe. Levy and Terry will be very involved with every aspect of our lives together. They both love to sing, and love to be in mission to people who are lost, the least, and the last. Levy has taken several units of Spanish and can carry on a little conversation with church members, but can't quite keep up with Ramon. Levy takes that as a challenge. 
Our Pastor believes in "grow where you are planted", and that each and every one has special unique gifts, with which we can serve. Levy believes we should all be equipped to serve, from child to youth to adult. 

Levy has also been involved in homeless ministries, food pantries, affordable housing, and various multi-ethnic and multicultural programs. He is excited to join the work in our 
ongoing mission with Hearts and Hands. Levy also believes that Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting programs are a great outreach, and he was excited to know we sponsor these programs. His son, Mark was one of first Eagle Scouts in his local church sponsored troop.  

Terry is involved in every aspect of church life with Levy, she sings soprano in the choir, has been involved in numerous craft projects such as jewelry making, knitting, and other crafts.She is full of energy and has a full time smile.

1 John 4:16

So we have known and believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.