WHO WE ARE
L. Wesley de Souza
Director of the Institute
The Rev. Dr. L. Wesley de Souza teaches in the areas of theology, leadership, mission and evangelism, spirituality, and church revitalization at Candler, where he has been a faculty member since 2005. He was instrumental in developing the new course Religion, Culture, Society, and Mission in Latin America, a real-time, long distance class between Candler and the school of theology at Methodist University of São Paulo, Brazil.
He is also the coordinator of the Formation and Witness concentration as part of the Master of Divinity degree program, a member of the International Studies Committee, an instructor with the Course of Study School at Emory and serves as faculty advisor for the Candler Society for Multiracial Congregations and the Candler International Students Society. In 2017, he accepted a position as the Director of the World Methodist Evangelism Institute.
de Souza’s research focuses on contextualization of the Gospel, renewal and revitalization of the church, classical Pentecostalism and Pan-Wesleyanism in Latin America. He has contributed to numerous books and scholarly publications and serves on the editorial advisory boards for The Asbury Journal and Caminhando magazine.
Eliana P.B. Lillevik
Eliana was born in Brazil into a family with a long line of Methodist pastors and bishops.
She has always been passionate about the idea of connecting the church in mission. From a very young age, Eliana watched the Missionaries that would come from all over the world to serve in her home town in Brazil, and she learned this passion from them.
She previously served at Hillsong Church in London, UK with the Translation and Host Teams. Eliana has also worked for the General Board of Global Ministries as a Program Assistant for the Latin America Office. In July of 2017, Eliana accepted a position with the World Methodist Evangelism Institute as the Program Coordinator.
After living in three different countries, Eliana moved to the United States, and obtained her Masters’ degree in the Science of Education. In 2014 she moved to Georgia which she now calls home.
She is passionate about spending time with her family as much as she can, travel, different cultures, serving, volunteering, working with people and sharing life experiences.
Rachel is a current Candler School of Theology student and moved to Atlanta in 2019. She was born and raised in Texas and graduated from McMurry University in Abilene, TX with her Bachelor of Arts in Religion in May 2019.
Rachel spends most of her time studying, exploring Atlanta, and enjoying time with family and friends.