Jose Garcia is housed at the Chicago distribution center as the new Senior Coordinator for the Ministry in Latin America.
He is eager to serve and ready to help deliver hope to those in need in Latin America. If you haven’t met Jose yet, you’ll enjoy learning more about him!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Jose Garcia and I am currently living in Chicago, but I was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. I was raised in a devoted Roman Catholic family and was baptized a little after I was born. My family wasn’t too active in the church, which is common in my country. We then moved across the street from the Templo Bautista Central. It was there that I would receive my second baptism around the age of twelve.
I grew up in the church, and even became the youth leader. At this point in my life, I believed that I was saved, that I had been following the right path. Then, I decided that I wanted to become a pastor. However, I studied communications in arts as well. In December of 1984 a church asked me to become their senior pastor. It was a congregation of 12, and though I was reluctant to serve, I accepted a year later in 1985 and became their full-time pastor.
Although I profession of Christ, I was not truly saved till about 5 years later. I was convicted by another speaker during a pastors’ conference, and in that moment I came to fully realize that I was a sinner saved by grace. I accepted the Lord into my heart and asked my best friend to baptize me. It was my third baptism, but the significance is that at this moment in my life I was truly born-again.
What is something not everyone knows about you?
In the late 1980s, I was on a flight from Dallas to Miami that got hijacked. The pilot landed the plane in Miami, and we all waited for two hours during negotiations with the hijacker. Incredibly, even in those moments, the grace of God was given to me, and I had peace. Because of the incident, I was eventually given a voucher for another flight, which I later used to travel to the very conference where I was saved!
How did you learn about CHF?
I learned of CHF through a good friend of mine, Pastor Miguel Castillo from the Dominican Republic. He and I have been serving together for more than 25 years. Pastor Miguel referred me to CHF, and when Mario Aguilar, the Ministry Director for Latin America, called me, I had very little knowledge of the organization itself. However, the more I read about CHF, the more I learned about them and their mission. I was truly impressed about what I had learned and continue to learn about CHF.
What specifically about CHF impresses you?
To be honest, what truly has had and continues to have an impression on me is the theology and principles that support CHF. It’s hard to find a place where my convictions align, but with CHF they fit together perfectly. Another thing that has impressed me is the people who work for CHF, and I have seen the grace of God in each and every individual I have met in CHF so far. It is my prayer and hope that this will continue to remain the same for all those I will meet in CHF, because we’re not heaven yet, but I can truly see the grace of God working in them. It says a lot about CHF and the grace of God as it works in the organization and its wonderful people.
What is your favorite Bible verse?
My favorite Bible verse is Romans 8:28 – “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
What is your goal in life?
My goal in life is to be more Christ-like. In doing that, I hope that Christ may be known through my life and the name of God may be exalted.
How can we pray for you?
Please pray for continued support, love and grace for my family and the ministry. Additionally, please pray for my position as the new Senior Coordinator for the ministry in Latin America, for continued growth with the organization, and for growth and in Christlikeness.