Leadership Graduate Plans to Pursue Ordination

December 2017

Rachel Furtado has a philosophy to practice and spread joy in all circumstances. Furtado is a wife, mother of two, full-time employee, full-time student, as well as a children's pastor at her local church. Furtado has been named the MacArthur School of Leadership Outstanding Graduate for the 2017 fall commencement.


Furtado, a resident of Boca Raton, Florida, has worked for a non-profit organization called OneHope for 11 years. Their mission is to share the gospel to children and youth around the world. Currently, Rachel is serving as a ministry consultant of Eurasia, which allows her to occasionally travel and communicate to the various mission fields daily.

Furtado has been an active adult student at Palm Beach Atlantic since 2014. She uses every opportunity to learn and sharpen her skill set and has been intentional to sincerely connect with her fellow students and faculty, according to Dr. Craig Domeck, dean of the MacArthur School of Leadership.

“Rachel is a terrific confluence of knowledge of leadership and the emotional intelligence to connect with people to accomplish something bigger than herself. The world is and will be different because of her,” says Domeck.

Furtado self-published a children’s book, "A Story of Great Light that Will Make Your Days Bright,” a whimsical poem describing the meta-narrative of the Bible for children. Having such a focus and effort on children's spiritual growth, she serves as a children's pastor at her local church.

Presently, Furtado is a licensed minister with plans to attain her ordination upon graduation.

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