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Pastor Daylo         

My name is Hernandez Daylo, Jr.  Yes, that's my first name.  It's a bit confusing, especially here in the Southwest, where 'Hernandez' is a common last name.  Growing up, my family and friends just called me 'Jr.' My last name is pronounced 'dye-low' (Filipino), although if you're from the Midwest, you can still say 'day-low,' the way it looks.  At church, most just call me 'Pastor.'  The title is truly an honor and a privilege for me.

Some might say my education has been somewhat sheltered, as I attended Lutheran-Christian schools from Kindergarten all the way through Seminary.  I grew up in Tomah, WI, and attended St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church and School.  My high school education was at Luther High in Onalaska, WI; I graduated in 1993.  I spent two years at Northwestern College in Watertown, WI, and then three more at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN, from which I graduated in 1998.  Pastors in our church body (WELS) then attend Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, WI (just north of Milwaukee) for four more years.  This includes a vicar (intern) year in an actual church; I got to serve at Cristo Resucitado in Mexico City.  During those 14 months abroad, I became fluent in Spanish, shared God's Word with precious souls, and met my wife, Nancy, who is from Mexico City.  After all those years of school, however, one thing I learned is, we can always keep learning. 

My family and I have lived in Yuma since May of 2014.  Prior to that I served as an associate pastor in Glendale, AZ, for nearly 12 years.  It has been a joy to serve with our Christian family here in Yuma, as we embrace opportunities to meet new people and share the good news of God's love in Christ with others.  We see our Lord blessing us richly according to His time and way.

We pray that one of those blessings would be to meet you and share God's Word with you, your family, and friends.  If you have any questions abour our church, what we believe, or why I have such an interesting name, please give me a call, email, or stop by.  

I look forward to meeting you!

Pastor Daylo