The Acts 29 Latin America Network spans from Mexico to Brazil in a region consists of over 600 million people, 35 countries, and five different main languages.

The Acts 29 Latin America network was formalized in 2014 and is led by Francisco Bendfeldt, based in Guatemala City, and Jay Bauman, based in Rio de Janeiro.

The application process is now open to Portuguese and Spanish-speaking candidates. There are already several churches in the Latin American network including churches in Guatemala, Chile, Ecuador and Brazil, among others. There are also many other churches associated with our work who are in the process of becoming members.

In both Guatemala and Brazil we regularly offer training events and conferences for pastors and church planters. Additionally in Brazil we have two church-planting residencies in the cities of Rio and São Paulo.

Join us in prayer that the Gospel would continue to bear fruit in Latin America as we seek to plant healthy churches centered on Jesus.

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Jay Bauman Co-Network Director | Latin America Jay Bauman pastors Igreja do Redentor, a church plant in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as well as Union Church, an English-speaking congregation. Jay founded Restore Brazil, a ministry devoted to church planting, pastoral training and mercy ministry. He lives in Rio with his wife Luciane and his two daughters, Sophia and Olivia.
Francisco Bendfeldt Co-Network Director | Latin America Francisco began his ministry as a teenager and during the last 20 years has preached in several countries around the world. He is the lead pastor of Casa de Libertad in Guatemala City and has a passion to reach others with the Gospel through church planting. He lives in Guatemala with his wife Carol and his 4 children.
Alejandro Urrea Assessment Coordinator | Latin America Alejandro is the assessment coordinator for Latin America. He is also part of the staff and church planting team at Casa de Libertad in Guatemala City. He has published a christian novel for teenagers called “Soñando con Elefantes”. He lives in Guatemala City with his wife Bereniz.
Cristiano Gaspar Assessment Director | Latin America (Brazil Region) Cristiano is planting Comunidade Batista Macaé, a new church in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Cristiano serves as a leader in the Projeto Plantador church planting residency. Cristiano has a Bachelors In Business Management. He is married to Edna, and the father of Mariana and Alice.
Marianna Calvo Latin America | Assistant to the Network Director ​Marianna is the event coordinator for Latin America. She is also a staff member for Casa de Libertad in Guatemala city. Marianna moved from her native Costa Rica in 2016 to join Casa de Libertad and work in full time ministry.
Steve Youngren Latin America | Country Coordinator - Ecuador Steve, with his wife, Sandi co-founded Compassion Connection and have been serving in Latin America since 1998. His primary tasks are the training of pastors and church leaders, mentoring and coaching new church planters and connecting new local churches in Ecuador with stateside local churches in Acts 29.
Jesus Rodriguez Latin America | Country Coordinator - Mexico Jesús (Chuy) is one of the Pastors at Doxa Iglesia Cristiana in Coyoacan, Mexico City. Chuy was born and raised in Mexico City. Chuy and his family were sent by Redemption Hill Church D.C. to Mexico City to plant Doxa in 2014. Jesus and Karla have been married for 14 years and have four children.

Contact:

Spanish Enquiries: [email protected]

Portuguese Enquiries: [email protected]

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