It started as a dream . . .

Everything began on May 4, 2005. That’s the day Kleber Gonçalves and his family returned to Brazil after spending nearly nine years studying at Andrews University. 

His mission? To start a new church plant in São Paulo, one of the largest urban centers in the world with a population of 20 million people. New Seed (Nova Semente) would be the first Seventh-day Adventist church in South America designed to reach secular/postmodern people for Jesus. 

Gonçalves immediately began recruiting people from established Adventist churches to serve as the core group for New Seed. “The essential prerequisite for those who wanted to join our church plant,” says Gonçalves, “was passion for God, passion for His church, and passion for lost souls.”


Kleber Gonçalves is the founder and senior pastor of the New Seed Seventh-day Adventist Church in São Paulo, Brazil, a church-planting project focusing on secular/postmodern people. He’s also the director of the Center for Secular and Postmodern Studies, a Global Mission Study Center of the General Conference.  

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