Jimmy and Katia Rocks - Brazil

We felt a strong call to Florianópolis to be part of planting biblically-based, grace-filled churches that are empowered by the Holy Spirit in a culture longing for authentic community and a safe, informal and relational environment to explore faith.

We are encouraged by all that God has done over these past three and a half years here in Florianópolis during our first term as CMS mission partners. We have planted a church and seen it grow from a Bible study group in our home into a fully-fledged church as part of the Brazilian Vineyard movement, with various thriving areas of ministry. These include youth and children’s work, small groups, evangelism where prayer is offered to folk on the streets, Alpha Courses, leadership training, prayer initiatives and work among the poor.


To share the good news of Jesus, to make followers of Jesus and to plant new churches that will impact the local community positively.


We are leading a church that we planted, sharing Jesus and training others to do the same.

More about Jimmy and Katia Rocks

Jimmy’s sense of calling started with a dream at the age of 18. After two visits to Brazil at the age of 22, Jimmy sensed very strongly that God was calling him to leave his job as an assistant youth pastor at Trinity Church Cheltenham to live and minister in Brazil, where he then spent two years. He met Katia, who is from Brazil, in 2003 and they were married in Brazil. Katia became a Christian while at university and has always had a desire to use her gifts to positively impact the lives of children and families in her country. Katia worked as a family lawyer for four years prior to getting married.

Prior to moving back to Brazil in 2015, Jimmy trained for ordination at Trinity College, Bristol, and was then pioneer curate at St Michael’s Church, Stoke Gifford, while Katia completed a part-time theology course at Trinity College Bristol. They have two young children, Joanna and Davi.
We are looking forward prayerfully and expectantly to the next phase of ministry in Florianópolis, focusing on developing the outreach of Vineyard Floripa, training more leaders and planting more churches.


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