Raphael was born on August 25, 1982. Raphael Fernandes is a son of a business family. He was ordained to ministry in 2009 but since 2004, he has been full time dedicated to church planting. As a teenager and youth leader, he led around 400 to a disciple life-style in a local church in Brazil. He was sent in 2011 to the USA to be the lead pastor of a project in Pensacola, FL. In 2012, he became the senior pastor of the brand new church, Vine Fort Myers; with training in missiology (1999 studied at Youth with a Mission) and a heart to teach and make disciples (graduated in Pastoral Ministry at The Vine Biblical Institute – 2009) Pastor Raphael is passionate for Southwest Florida and its local culture. He got married to Juliana in 2004 and together have three sons (Andre, Pedro and Joab-who is now in heaven). He studied Civil Engineering and has a Physics Bachelor from University Catholic of Goias which made possible 7 years of being a high school teacher.