Fr. Fernando Castaneda
|Fr. Fernando Melendez Castaneda was born in Cajamarca, Peru on March 12, 1964 to Pascual Melendez and Maria Castaneda. He has six siblings, including three brothers (George, Michael and Isidro) and three sisters (Ruth, Zoila and Laura). His sister, Ruth, has been a sister in the Order of St. Vincent de Paul in Peru since 1997.
He went to high school at Fe y Alegria in Peru, which translates to “Faith and Happiness”. He then went on to the San Carlos Seminary in Trujillo, Peru. He was ordained a priest on November 1, 1993 and then went on to be the Parochial Vicar at Sacred Family in his hometown of Chimbote, Peru. He then went on to study sacred scriptures in Rome, Italy for four years.
Fr. Fernando returned to Peru to become a teacher at the San Carlos Seminary for 15 years. While teaching at the seminary twice a week, he also served as the pastor at several parishes in Chimbote, Peru.
His favorite part of the Catholic Church is teaching and spreading the word of God. He also enjoys visiting families and people that are in need.
Fr. Fernando enjoys traveling and climbing mountains.
Deacon Mike Vandiver
|After a five year period of discernment and intensive theological studies, Rev. Deacon Michael Vandiver was ordained Permanent Deacon of the Catholic Church on June 28, 2014, by Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Diocese of Raleigh.
Deacon Mike, as he prefers to be called, began serving Transfiguration of Jesus Catholic Church following the retirement of Rev. Deacon Robert Price.
Deacon Mike is also a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 12921 and a past Grand Knight. He is involved with many parish and community activities, one of which is the annual Bill Lord Memorial Golf Tournament which for the last three years has raised over $5,000 annually to benefit children with special needs in Duplin County schools.
He also leads the parish’s participation in the prison ministry which serves those who are incarcerated in both Duplin and Pender County.
Like many, Deacon Mike felt a calling to serve the Church and looks forward to share his energy and love for Christ to serve his parish and community.
Deacon Mike retired to the Wallace area after a 30 year career with the Gillette Company. He and his wife have three children and nine grandchildren, all of whom attended his ordination ceremony.