Apostle Valdemiro Santiago, founder of the Worldwide Church of God’s Power, bellows in Portuguese to a packed crowd in a rented Astoria, Queens, church. RNS photo by Andre Tartar

Brazilian evangelist has big plans for U.S.

NEW YORK (RNS) Fourteen years after he started out in Brazil, Apostle Valdemiro Santiago sits at the helm of a booming Pentecostal network of 4,000 churches, including 10 in the U.S. Despite Santiago’s personal wealth, his movement’s relative poverty and simplicity may be its greatest asset.