Welcome to our home! A place where God is seen, love is felt and lives are changed. At the Silver Spring Adventist Church, you are a part of our family. You are welcomed with open arms!
The Silver Spring Adventist Church is a place to find hope, wholeness and joy. It is simple, God is love and that is what we aspire to be. Here, you will find a very welcoming atmosphere from the moment you walk in. That's how we share the love that God has shown to each of us. We may come from all across the world, but the one thing that brings us all together is the love of Christ.
You belong here. You have a home here. Come join us as we worship God together!
Pastor Therezinha Barbalho felt called to the pastoral ministry at the age of 18. She attended the Seminary at the Adventist University of Sao Paulo, UNASP, where she graduated in Theology with emphasis in Biblical Languages, in 1990.
After graduation she was called to the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Belém, São Paulo, where she served as a Bible worker for two years. In 1993, she went to Law School, graduating in 1998, as a licensed lawyer in Brazil. Even as she worked as a lawyer, Therezinha continued serving as a volunteer minister for 13 years in that same church in Belém.
In 2004, Therezinha received a call from the New Jersey Conference, in the United States, to be the associate pastor at the Luso-Brazilian SDA Church in Newark, where she worked for five and a half years.
Pastor Therezinha accepted a call from the Potomac Conference in 2009, to be the senior pastor of the Richmond Brazilian SDA Church. There she had the opportunity to hold her first baptismal ceremony, which was followed by many others during the five years of her ministry in Richmond.
In 2014 she attended seminary at Andrews University, where she completed the Master of Divinity degree with emphasis in Mission.
Following seminary, she was called by the Potomac Conference in 2017 to be senior pastor of the Silver Spring SDA Church, where she works to date. Therezinha enjoys working with her Silver Spring Church family. Her goal is to make Jesus known and loved by the downtown community of Silver Spring and its surroundings. Her favorite Bible promise is "I will go before you and will level the Mountains" Isaiah 45: 2.
As one who has a passion for human diversity and loves to serve all who need to hear the gospel of salvation; regardless of race, color, social status, or beliefs; her greatest dream is to see Jesus return within her lifetime.
Therezinha has been married to Zeli Leite, a maestro pianist and composer, for 26 years. They have a beautiful, lovely daughter, Rafaella, who is the inspiration of their ministry.
Sabbath School: 10:00 AM
Worship Service: 11:15 AM
Children and families are a special emphasis for us here at the Silver Spring Adventist Church. Our children’s Sabbath School and Children’s Ministries teams are devoted to the care and nurture of our little ones. Sabbath School begins at 10:00 AM. Join Us!
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The Seventh-day Adventist Church is a mainstream Protestant church with approximately 19 million members worldwide, including more than one million members in North America. The Adventist Church operates 173 hospitals and sanitariums and more than 7,500 schools around the world. The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) works within communities in more than 130 countries to provide community development and disaster relief.