Getting to Know: Pr. Santiago

1. Where did you grow up?
I was born and grew up in Santo Domingo, capital of the Dominican Republic. It is the first founded in Americas. DR is a small beautiful country of more than nine million of people. We are a combination of three cultures: Native Taínos, Spanish and African. God blessed us with beautiful landscapes, beaches, mountains, valleys, rivers. Is the land of the bachata and merengue and the baseball game. Millions of visitors are attracted to visit my country every year.

2. What was your first job? When did you decide to go into ministry?
My first job when I was very young was in photomechanical printing. Later I became a community organizer and this continued involvement with the people in their struggle led me to the ministry. First, as a very active lay leader, I was called to lead the national association of youth with thousands of young members. God blessed me having Keila as part of my team leaders. And something else happened with that

3. What is your favorite Bible verse?
One of my favorite verse have been Philippians 4:4 but you can understand better my preference for this verse if you read the following verses from 5-7.

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

4. Tell us something that people might not know about you.
Well maybe you might don’t know that I am part of a big family of ten. Five sister and five brothers. I am the first boy and born on December 25th and regarding the catholic tradition my parents had to call me Jesus but just before I born my parents became protestant so thanks be to God they don’t have to follow that tradition and then they called me Santiago which is James in English. And James or Santiago was one the brother of Jesus.

5. What is your favorite music, TV program or Dish?
Because I was an international traveler I learned to eat lots of dish. But I love fish like salmon, tilapia, all kind of vegetable, eggplant, rice and bean. I like to watch the news and few shows on the TV. And I Love music. I like Latin Jazz music, Gospel Music, Merengue, Bachata, etc.


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