Rev. David Lagos-Fonseca was born in Temuco, Chile. He is married to Rev. Shirley Pulgar-Hughes. He is the father of a twenty-five year old daughter, Carris. He is the eldest of eight brothers and sisters. Rev. Lagos-Fonseca received his M. Div. degree at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL. He has Bachelor of Arts in English Teaching. He worked at the Iquique English College in Chile as the head of the English department. He speaks fluent Spanish and English.
Rev. Lagos-Fonseca is a person who puts his trust in people regardless of their ethnic origin, races, gender orientation, beliefs, age, physical and economical conditions. He is passionate about affirming and valuing people’s gifts and talents; dignity and worth. He is passionate about advancing biblical and theological education at every level within the local church. He is passionate about missions, local and abroad. He has led mission trips to South Dakota, Chile, Peru, Bolivia, and the Philippines.
Rev. Lagos-Fonseca’s spiritual and theologi-cal inspiration comes from the writings of John Wesley, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jurgen Moltmann, Hans Kung, John Hick, Gerhard Lohfink, Elaine Pagels, Martin Luther King, Jr., Thomas More, Karen Armstrong, Gustavo Gutierrez, Hildegard of Bingen, and Martin Buber among many others.
Rev. Lagos-Fonseca has served the Northern Illinois Conference through the Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns; the Task Force on Immigration; the Latino Ministry Center Advisory Board; Harvest 2020 Conference Leadership Team; Board of Directors of JFON (Justice for Our Neighbors). Rev. Lagos-Fonseca currently serves the District Committee on Ordained Ministry (DCOM); Annual Conference Committee. He is a trustee of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Along with his wife, Rev. Shirley Pulgar-Hughes, Rev. Lagos-Fonseca has served Lincoln UMC, Chicago Lawn UMC, First UMC of Wilmington, Cary UMC, and Chicago Temple.
Rev. Lagos-Fonseca likes to ride his bicycle for long rides. He is an outdoor person. He likes listening to music; baking bread; gardening; climbing, playing ping pong, and kayaking. He enjoys family meals. He loves to have dessert first before any meal. He loves dark chocolate and cherries. He loves taking long walks with his dog, Wally.