Pastor Norma Villagrana was born and raised in Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico. She graduated from the School of Law in Mexico. For several years she worked in a law firm and later became Director of Technical School in her native town.
She and her family moved to the United States in 2002, and along with her husband, they become missionaries for the Missouri Conference of the United Methodist Church. They started a new Hispanic Ministry in the Springfield, Mo., area, and since then she has been involved with initiatives that help people to end poverty in Missouri and assisting families that have domestic conflicts, sometimes involving neglected/abused children and substance abuse.
In 2012 Norma graduated from the St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Mo., where she earned her Master in Divinity degree. Her passion to work with disadvantaged woman, children, and young people led her to be involved with the community serving as substitute teacher; as youth counselor at the Clarinda Academy, where she learned to assess the progress of students, to maintain close supervision over the students to prevent self injuries, accidents, and fights, and to respond to emergency situations; and as Chaplain in the Mosaic Life Care in St. Joseph, Mo. In her desire to continue advocating for the poor and needy, she served as Language Coordinator for the United Methodist Women in Missouri.
Norma is currently pursuing ordination as Elder in the United Methodist Church in the Missouri Conference. Last June, she and her family moved to North Carolina where her in-laws reside. She strongly believes that families need to be together. She is serving as pastor at the Polkton Charge in the Uwharrie District of the United Methodist Church.|
Since last July, Norma also serves as the Wadesboro area Program Manger/Director for Hands for Hope, (Helping Organized People for Empowerment) with an office in Wadesboro, N.C. This is a program that was affiliated with Circles USA until last October. Today, Norma is providing leadership to the program in partnership with NETworX, USA.Norma believes that NETworX will bring a new and fresh start to the community. As their mission states: “Seeking to move individuals and families in poverty toward self-sufficiency and economic stability,” the NETworX strategy is not to end poverty though the well-doing for others but through the well-being together. It is individuals and communities seeking together to build intentional relationships though education and love of neighbor as well as love of self.
Pastor Norma has been happily married over 24 years to Pastor Hugo Villagrana. They are the proud parents of two children: Mariana, 19, and Luis, 16.