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Roberto Rodrigues de Azevedo

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Azevedo, Roberto Rodrigues de (1916–1980)

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The Brazilian White Center – UNASP is a team of teachers and students at the Brazilian Ellen G. White Research Center – UNASP at the Brazilian Adventist University, Campus Engenheiro, Coelho, SP. The team was supervised by Drs. Adolfo Semo Suárez, Renato Stencel, and Carlos Flávio Teixeira. Bruno Sales Gomes Ferreira provided technical support. The following names are of team members: Adriane Ferrari Silva, Álan Gracioto Alexandre, Allen Jair Urcia Santa Cruz, Camila Chede Amaral Lucena, Camilla Rodrigues Seixas, Daniel Fernandes Teodoro, Danillo Alfredo Rios Junior, Danilo Fauster de Souza, Débora Arana Mayer, Elvis Eli Martins Filho, Felipe Cardoso do Nascimento, Fernanda Nascimento Oliveira, Gabriel Pilon Galvani, Giovana de Castro Vaz, Guilherme Cardoso Ricardo Martins, Gustavo Costa Vieira Novaes, Ingrid Sthéfane Santos Andrade, Isabela Pimenta Gravina, Ivo Ribeiro de Carvalho, Jhoseyr Davison Voos dos Santos, João Lucas Moraes Pereira, Kalline Meira Rocha Santos, Larissa Menegazzo Nunes, Letícia Miola Figueiredo, Luan Alves Cota Mól, Lucas Almeida dos Santos, Lucas Arteaga Aquino, Lucas Dias de Melo, Matheus Brabo Peres, Mayla Magaieski Graepp, Milena Guimarães Silva, Natália Padilha Corrêa, Rafaela Lima Gouvêa, Rogel Maio Nogueira Tavares Filho, Ryan Matheus do Ouro Medeiros, Samara Souza Santos, Sergio Henrique Micael Santos, Suelen Alves de Almeida, Talita Paim Veloso de Castro, Thais Cristina Benedetti, Thaís Caroline de Almeida Lima, Vanessa Stehling Belgd, Victor Alves Pereira, Vinicios Fernandes Alencar, Vinícius Pereira Nascimento, Vitória Regina Boita da Silva, William Edward Timm, Julio Cesar Ribeiro, Ellen Deó Bortolotte, Maria Júlia dos Santos Galvani, Giovana Souto Pereira, Victor Hugo Vaz Storch, and Dinely Luana Pereira.

 

 

Roberto Rodrigues de Azevedo, pastor, evangelist and journalist, was born March 3, 1916, in the city of Santo Antônio da Patrulha, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.1 His parents were Arthur Rodrigues de Azevedo and Cândida Mendes Azevedo, who had 14 children, four of whom died in childhood.2 The ones who survived were Emílio, Alcindo, Alzira, José, Alicia, Onélia, Cândida, Osvaldo and Lídia Azevedo.3

Roberto grew up in the countryside on his parents’ farm. A son of Adventists, he got to know the gospel at home. His father was an active member of the Rio Grande do Sul Conference, and donated the land for the construction of the first Adventist church and school in Rolante, state of Rio Grande do Sul. Roberto was baptized at the same church when he was 12 years old. He completed his elementary education in the Adventist school in his city and decided to become an Adventist minister. On his mother's side, he was nephew of José Amador dos Reis, the first Adventist Brazilian ordained minister,4 ordained April 10, 1920.5

At the age of 19, Roberto decided to study theology at Brazil College (known today as Centro Universitario Adventista de São Paulo, or UNASP-SP). He began his studies in 1936 and graduated in 1940. Three months after his graduation, he married Flora César Silveira, on February 10, 1941.6 She was the sister of Dr. Ajax César da Silveira, and a faithful partner in her husband's ministry.7 She worked as a teacher in the Adventist school in the city of Rio Grande for a year, and worked in the Brazilian public schools system for 32 years.8 From this union five children were born: Júlio, Roberto, Paulo, Eglon, and Sérgio.9

In 1941 Azevedo accepted the invitation to be a minister in the Rio Grande do Sul Conference in the city of Rio Grande. While there, he faced some challenges because, in the previous year, the city was considered the region with the second highest rate of tuberculosis in the world, and some of them were members of his church.10

Azevedo was a pastor in Rio Grande up to the middle of 1945,11 when the intense pace of work began to affect the couple’s health. Though they tested negative for tuberculosis, they had to undergo medical treatment.

Azevedo was then assigned to work in the city of Pelotas, a place without an Adventist church. His first work was to help Pastor Araceli S. Mello, who at the time was looking for interested people to begin a series of public evangelism. After four months of work, shortly before the meetings began, Pastor Araceli had to leave the field, and the Azevedos became responsible for the evangelistic campaign.

The result of this missionary effort was remarkable.12 Azevedo was ordained to the pastoral ministry in 1946.13 On November 14 of the same year, in a joint effort with the local church members and with the help of a donation from the General Conference, Azevedo started construction of the first school and church of the city of Pelotas, on May 10, 1947.14

After that, Roberto was called to work in the city of Ijuí15 until around 195016, when he was appointed to serve as a pastor in the central church in the city of Porto Alegre, the capital of the state of Rio Grande do Sul.17 During his work in this church, he got in touch with journalists, who allowed him to advertise the church's programs in the local press. He also wrote several articles about religious themes that were published in the city's newspapers.18 He worked in this church for two years, when in 1952 he was called to serve in the São Paulo Conference.19 While still in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, he also gave his contribution to the Adventist Church establishing some new schools.20

In the São Paulo Conference, Azevedo worked for some time as a church pastor in the districts of Belém and Mirandópolis.21 While serving as a pastor in this city, he was appointed to lead the Public Relations department of this conference, where he stayed for some time.22 While living in São Paulo, Azevedo studied journalism at Cásper Líbero College.23 In 1957 he was chosen to lead the Public Relations, Radio, and Temperance departments of the South Brazilian Union Conference.24 He worked in this position until 196625, and from 1963 on he was responsible for union telecommunications.26

In 1967 Azevedo was appointed as leader of the Public Relations and Radio-TV departments of the South American Division (SAD). He served in this position until 1970.27 From 1971 to 1973 he lead the Public Relations and Temperance departments at the East Brazil Union Conference.28 At the end of his ministry, he returned to the Sao Paulo Conference where he became a church pastor.29 He retired in 1978, with 62 years in the city of São Paulo.30

Even retired, in 1978 after the division of the São Paulo Conference, Azevedo became responsible for the Public Relations department of the new field called Paulista Leste Conference (East Sao Paulo Conference). Pastor Roberto Azevedo loyally served the Adventist Church for 38 years.31 The South American Division asked him to prepare an illustrated report of the work in the SAD, to be presented at the General Conference of 1980, held in Dallas, Texas.32

While preparing the report, Azevedo experienced health problems. He traveled for three months visiting many parts of the division’s territory. He returned to Brazil, and as soon as he was ready to continue traveling, he felt acute heart pain. Even while in a hospital, he kept working on the project with a team of eleven people. He finished it,33 and died May 11, 1980, age 64. He was buried in the Congonhas Cemetery in the city of São Paulo.

Roberto de Azevedo’s ministerial talents and impassioned efforts took the Adventist message beyond denominational limits. He became well-known in Brazil because of his reports, pictures, and documentary movies, all produced with the goal of disseminating the Adventist Church, its social work, and its message through mass media: magazines, newspapers, radio, and television. Due to his good relationship with journalists, he also published his productions in different entities of the Brazilian press, distributing the church's message and work for free. In this way, he can be recognized as an outstanding press communicator and “pioneer of the Adventist public relations” in Brazil.34

Sources

Amaral, Ronaldo Bento do. "Vida e Obra de Roberto Rodrigues de Azevedo." Monograph, Adventist Training Institute, 1987.

Azevedo, Roberto R. de. "A Educação Cristã." Revista Adventista, June 1942.

Azevedo, Roberto. "O Valor da Publicidade." Revista Adventista, August 1961.

Azevedo, Roberto. "O Valor da Publicidade Através da Imprensa, Rádio e Televisão." Revista Adventista, March 1962.

Belz, Rodolfo. "O Evangelho no Sul." Revista Adventista, June 1945.

De Benedicto, Marcos. "Amor de mãe."Revista Adventista, May 1996.

"Escola Muda de Nome." Revista Adventista, February 1985.

Gianini, Silas. "Mais um Templo." Revista Adventista, July 1947.

"História." Escola Adventista Rio Grande (Online), March 8, 2017.

"Localize uma Escola." Secretaria de Educação do Estado de São Paulo (Online), April 20, 2017.

Oberg, Renato Emir. "Conferências no Tabernáculo em Porto Alegre." Revista Adventista, August 1950.

Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook. Various years. https://www.adventistyearbook.org/.

"Silencia o Incansável Divulgador da Obra Adventista." Revista Adventista, June 1980.

Souza, S. César. "Relações Públicas de Alto Nível." Revista Adventista, January 1972.

Zukowski, Ricardo. "Mais um Monumento." Revista Adventista, August 1949.

Notes

  1. "Silencia o Incansável Divulgador da Obra Adventista," Revista Adventista, June 1980, 19.

  2. Ronaldo Bento do Amaral, "Vida e Obra de Roberto Rodrigues de Azevedo" (Monograph, Adventist Training Institute, 1987), 4.

  3. Roberto César de Azevedo, interviewed by Lucas Almeida dos Santos, Ellen G. White Research Center, Engenheiro Coelho, São Paulo, March 8, 2017.

  4. Ronaldo Bento do Amaral, "Vida e Obra de Roberto Rodrigues de Azevedo" (Monograph, Adventist Training Institute, 1987), 4-5.

  5. Enciclopédia da Memória Adventista no Brasil,

    http://www.memoriaadventista.com.br/wikiasd/index.php?title=Jos%C3%A9_Amador_dos_Reis.

  6. Ronaldo Bento do Amaral, "Vida e Obra de Roberto Rodrigues de Azevedo" (Monograph, Adventist Training Institute, 1987), 5-6; and Roberto César de Azevedo, interviewed by Lucas Almeida dos Santos, Ellen G. White Research Center, Engenheiro Coelho, São Paulo, March 8, 2017.

  7. Gianini, Silas, "Mais um Templo," Revista Adventista, July 1947, 12.

  8. Benedicto, Marcos De, "Amor de Mãe," Revista Adventista, May 1996, 4; Azevedo, Roberto R. de, "A Educação Cristã," Revista Adventista, June 1942, 22.

  9. Roberto César de Azevedo, interviewed by Lucas Almeida dos Santos, Ellen G. White Research Center, Engenheiro Coelho, São Paulo, March 8, 2017.

  10. Ronaldo Bento do Amaral, "Vida e Obra de Roberto Rodrigues de Azevedo" (Monograph, Adventist Training Institute, 1987), 6; "Silencia o Incansável Divulgador da Obra Adventista," Revista Adventista, June 1980, 20.

  11. Ronaldo Bento do Amaral, "Vida e Obra de Roberto Rodrigues de Azevedo" (Monograph, Adventist Training Institute, 1987), 6, 8; Belz, Rodolfo, "O Evangelho no Sul," Revista Adventista, June 1945, 9.

  12. Ronaldo Bento do Amaral, "Vida e Obra de Roberto Rodrigues de Azevedo" (Monograph, Adventist Training Institute, 1987), 7-8.

  13. “Rio Grande do Sul Conference,” Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1946), 160; “Rio Grande do Sul Conference,” Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1947), 154.

  14. Gianini, Silas, "Mais um Templo," Revista Adventista, year 42, July 1947, 11; Belz, Rodolfo, "O Evangelho no Sul," Revista Adventista, June 1945, 9.

  15. Zukowski, Ricardo, "Mais um Monumento," Revista Adventista, August 1949, 10.

  16. Oberg, Renato Emir, "Conferências no Tabernáculo em Porto Alegre," Revista Adventista, August 1950, 11.

  17. Ibid., 8.

  18. Ronaldo Bento do Amaral, "Vida e Obra de Roberto Rodrigues de Azevedo" (Monograph, Adventist Training Institute, 1987), 8.

  19. "São Paulo Conference," Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1953), 175.

  20. Ronaldo Bento do Amaral, "Vida e Obra de Roberto Rodrigues de Azevedo" (Monograph, Adventist Training Institute, 1987), 8-9.

  21. Ronaldo Bento do Amaral, "Vida e Obra de Roberto Rodrigues de Azevedo" (Monograph, Adventist Training Institute, 1987), 9.

  22. Ronaldo Bento do Amaral, "Vida e Obra de Roberto Rodrigues de Azevedo" (Monograph, Adventist Training Institute, 1987), 9.

  23. "Silencia o Incansável Divulgador da Obra Adventista," Revista Adventista, June 1980, 19.

  24. "South Brazil Union Conference," Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1958), 156.

  25. "South Brazil Union Conference," Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1967), 209.

  26. "South Brazil Union Conference," Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1964), 201.

  27. "South American Division," Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1968), 195; "South American Division," Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1971), 217.

  28. "East Brazil Union Mission," Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1972), 227; "East Brazil Union Mission," Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1973/1974), 228.

  29. "São Paulo Conference," Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1976), 260; "São Paulo Conference," Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1978), 272.

  30. Ronaldo Bento do Amaral, "Vida e Obra de Roberto Rodrigues de Azevedo" (Monograph, Adventist Training Institute, 1987), 12.

  31. "East São Paulo Conference," Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1979), 277; "East São Paulo Conference," Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1980), 271; "Silencia o Incansável Divulgador da Obra Adventista," Revista Adventista, year 75, June 1980, 20.

  32. "Silencia o Incansável Divulgador da Obra Adventista," Revista Adventista, June 1980, 20.

  33. Ronaldo Bento do Amaral, "Vida e Obra de Roberto Rodrigues de Azevedo" (Monograph, Adventist Training Institute, 1987), 12-13.

  34. "Silencia o Incansável Divulgador da Obra Adventista," Revista Adventista, June 1980, 19-20; Azevedo, Roberto de, "O Valor da Publicidade," Revista Adventista, August 1961, 8-9; Azevedo, Roberto de, "O Valor da Publicidade Através da Imprensa, Rádio e Televisão," Revista Adventista, March 1962, 27-28.

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