Sergio and his wife, Heidi, started attending Harborside in 1997 with their young one-year-old daughter, Samantha. “At that time we were looking for a place where we could get plugged in and meet families with young kids.” And Harborside did not disappoint.
In 1999 God blessed the De Oliveira family with another child, Maxwell. Sammi and her brother Max were fixtures in the Children’s area, and Sergio and Heidi served in Children’s classes for several years. “We loved teaching the kids about Jesus, and that early opportunity really gave me a deep desire to be around kids as they mature in their relationship with Him.”
Sergio had been with a manufacturer of Consumer Electronics accessories for over 25 years but found himself in the middle of a corporate downsizing.
“I never expected to have to think about a change in my professional career after 20+ years with the same company, but God had other plans; and He made that very clear.”
Employment opportunities in the Consumer Electronics industry will often require relocation to either New York or California; but that was not an option for him. He was not going to uproot the family and move away. “Everything we know, love and cherish was here: church, family, kid’s school and Heidi’s work.” So, after nearly two years of running his own business consultancy company, a client offered Sergio an opportunity to come in and help him build and grow his business as an employee with an opportunity for a future partnership.
“I felt God’s hands all over it. When He closed several doors for me in other industries, it was as if the whispers became louder and louder. I knew He was up to something. This opportunity allows me to work from home, even though the company is based in Vancouver, Canada.”
Sergio and Heidi have served at Harborside for many years in all different ministries, and today you will find them upstairs in Room 219 during the 10:00 service leading and teaching Young Adults, while also serving as Prayer Partners during the 11:30 service.
“I have been praying for some time where the Lord would want me to serve next.” Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
“Being asked to serve as an elder at Harborside, the church where I have grown by leaps and bounds as a believer, the church my wife and I were married in, and where our kids have grown up, is an honor and a tremendous blessing!”