We are excited to announce that Oscar Navarro has joined the Acts 29 Central Resource Team as our new Chief Marketing Officer. Oscar will be based in our new LA office and be responsible for all aspects of communicating who we are as a diverse, global family of church planting churches, including; brand management, communications and product development. We asked a few questions to give you the opportunity to get to know him a little:
Tell us about yourself and your background
I grew up in Orange County, California. Orange County has a reputation for being affluent, but it has an impoverished story to tell, too. I lived in some of the lower income cities in the county and bounced around from one small apartment to another. I had declared myself an atheist in high school. In my early twenties, I was tricked into attending a baptism, and that night God opened my eyes to the beautiful and saving truths of the gospel!
Professionally, I served as the Vice President of Advancement for Living Waters. I’ve also been blessed to have consulted some amazing and successful brands over the last few years. Before full time ministry, I was an Assistant Vice President of Financial Solutions for Merrill Lynch.
What do you like doing in your spare time?
Books and basketball. Most of my time is spent with my wife (Kelli) and our three kids (Madison, Levi, Evangeline), and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Books are a big part of our family. We take the kids to the library every week to pick a stack of books to read as a family. It’s a good night when it ends with the kids in bed, and Kelli and I reading books with a record playing in the background. Basketball is a stress reliever for me. I try to play at least three times a week. I travel with a pair of basketball shoes and try to find a pick-up game in the city I’m staying in.
What do you love about Acts 29?
Acts 29 is the closest thing I’ve seen to what I read in the epistles. It brings me great hope and joy in what the Lord is doing.
The missional heart, diverse identity, and brotherhood. I was blessed to see how many ethnicities are represented through our pastors at our conferences–all with an equal voice, shared vision, and love for each other. Diversity is in the blood of Acts 29. The picture I get of the church in Ephesians, Galatians, and Acts is a motley crew of new and old believers, bringing their cultures and backgrounds together to form a melting pot of a family. It’s clear that God has chosen to use his church as a “city in a city,” for his glory. Acts 29 is the closest thing I’ve seen to what I read in the epistles. It brings me great hope and joy in what the Lord is doing.
Tell us about a specific project you’re excited about in the future of Acts 29
I’m thrilled about the ‘Church in Hard Places‘ initiative. All throughout the new testament Jesus invites the poor, sick, and hungry into his Kingdom. All around the world there are densely populated cities with low income communities that are often overlooked when it comes to missional planning. I’m thrilled we are training, mentoring, and funding leaders in some of the poorest cities around the world for the glory of God and the good of their neighbors.
How can we pray for you?
Pray for King’s Cross Church, an Acts 29 church plant in South Orange County. We launched in April of last year. My wife and I are on the church planting team and have been blessed to come alongside the church planter, Chris Poblete, to help in any way we can. Chris and I were each other’s best men at our weddings and our families are close. We are riding a bit of a high having recently moved to a fantastic location, doubling in size, and have six upcoming baptisms. The highlight has been how many unchurched and de-churched people we now have attending each week and hearing the gospel preached. But as you know, church planting has its ups and downs. Please pray for sustained vision and passion.