The Latin America Lead Team is comprised of seven pastors widely scattered over South, Central, and North America. Werner Swart, from South Africa, has the distinction of pastoring the International Baptist Church in Buenos Aires, Argentina – the point furthest south in our region of the IBC. Nathanael Fawcett captains this lead team and pastors Calvary International Church in São Paulo, Brazil. Dave Bollenbacher also serves in Brazil, pastoring Bridges Church in Brasilia.
Continuing our journey north we come to the newest addition to our team – Nate Korpi – who also pastor’s our newest church plant: LifeBridge International Church in Panama City, Panama. Paul Dreessen in San Jose, Costa Rica, is our longest serving member, pastoring International Baptist Church, while Lyle Watson serves just a few hours away in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, pastoring Tamarindo Church. Our member with the most experience of serving on lead teams and also with the most experience in church planting is Dan Maxton who, though with a permanent home in California, is currently serving as interim pastor at International Baptist Church of Budapest, Hungary.
Could God Be Calling You?
Geographically speaking the Latin America region is the largest of the IBC, yet with the fewest churches. As the newest region it also has many opportunities for planting new churches, with a number of large, cosmopolitan cities with room for more English-speaking churches. The Lead Team has completed feasibility studies in two cities in the region – Lima, Peru and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – with a green light given to both. The green light means that our studies revealed both space and a need for more English-language church ministry in those cities. This also means that we are praying for and seeking out church planters for those two locations. Expatriates and English-speaking Latin Americans need the gospel, and they need churches. Could God be calling you to help meet that need?
Our Newest Active Church
Our newest active church plant is LifeBridge International Church in Panama City, Panama. While the church was officially launched four years ago, the departure of the planting pastor two years ago left the church without any full-time staff. In May of this year (2017) God landed Nate and Jendi Korpi in Panama to take up the leadership reigns of LifeBridge. It has been exciting to watch the Lord fill that church with renewed energy, purpose, and growth!
How to Pray
As we look to the future, we are considering two more feasibility studies within the next year in Buenos Aires, Argentina and in Santiago, Chile. As God brings the Latin AMerica LEAD Team to mind, would you please pray for his wisdom and discernment to come upon our Lead Team, that we might hear his voice, and walk in his ways, to the glory of His name.