Rev Raul E. Toro Jr.
"Feed my sheep"
“Feed My Sheep” was what Raul heard one morning in 2000, as he did his morning meditations. That message from God was what started him on his journey to the Priesthood. Raul attended seminary at the Anglican School of Ministry (now Trinity School for Ministry). After completion, he was consecrated as the first Catechist in the state of Florida, in the Anglican Church of North America. For the next six years he pastored La Iglesia del Espiritu Santo, a bilingual church plant that met at the Church of the Good Samaritan Anglican, in Middleburg, where Raul was a member for over 20 years. In 2018, he received the message “it is time”, and that led him to step down from the Hispanic church and seek ordination in the Anglican Free Communion, an historic Anglican Communion established in England in 1897.
In September 2018, Raul was elected unanimously to be the Pastor of Immanuel Anglican Church in Keystone Heights, Florida. He was ordained to the Priesthood on October 27, 2018, by the Rev. Ronald Lee Firestone, Archbishop and Chancellor of the Anglican Free Communion, and presently serving as Bishop in Bolivia. The Rev. Raul Toro has since been nominated to be consecrated as a Bishop in the Anglican Free Communion in the fall of 2019, when Bishop Firestone comes to visit again.
Prior to starting his journey toward the priesthood, Rev. Toro was the Coach of the Jacksonville Fencing Club for 21 years, and before that he served his country in the US Air Force and the Air National Guard, retiring after 20 years. He also served as the National Treasurer of a National Labor Organization for many years.
Rev. Toro is married and has two grown children and three grandchildren. He and his wife, Lori, also have three cats and a mini-schnauzer named Darby. They are both very excited to be serving at Immanuel Anglican. Their passion is sharing the love of Christ to all, without exclusion. Rev. Toro believes that a person’s identity doesn’t lie in his or her denomination, race, age, nationality, social status, or any of the many identifiers that tend to separate, rather than unite us. He believes our identity is in Christ alone and there is no exclusion to God’s love. He desires to “feed my sheep” by sharing that message of God’s love to those in Keystone Heights and the surrounding communities.