Pioneer: Samuel Braga Tavares
I grew up in Brussels, Belgium with a Catholic upbringing; I had a fear from God from very young. I had a love for sports and a dream to one day become an actor. Before realising that, God called me to something totally different.
After five years in England living a life of clubbing and meeting with different women, I had a radical encounter with Jesus on the streets of London. I prayed for a seriously disturbed man who the Lord completely delivered at the mention of the name of Jesus. This event powerfully transformed my life and I heard the call to full-time ministry. I immediately put a stop to my old lifestyle and started to share my faith with everyone I possibly could.
This encouraged me to lead teams of people in creatively sharing the gospel beyond the walls of the building in the multicultural urban city of London. A few years later the Lord led me to start a school of evangelism called ‘The GO school’ which seeks to equip Christians to share their faith more effectively in whatever situation they find themselves in.
After two years running the Go School I met Dennis Pethers who, noticing the similarities in vision with The Rooftop in terms of equipping the body of Christ to be bold, suggested that I consider the role of Pioneer for the UK. After much prayer and deliberation, I was appointed as the Pioneer for the Rooftop UK.