Santiago is a vibrant city with a population of over five and a half million and an average age of just 30. The city centre in particular has a vast young population, with many thousands of people in higher education as well as workers and families, and a further two million people commuting in for work each day. It is an exciting place to live but there is an urgent need for more evangelical Christian witness.
Cristóbal Cerón planted an Anglican church in Santiago city centre in 2011 with a congregation of 30. Since then it has grown and grown, with many people attending mid-week groups, Sunday meetings and evangelistic activities. The church - Iglesia Santiago Apóstol - is passionate about the gospel and reaching students, young professionals and others for Christ.
Brought up in Santiago, Cristóbal became a Christian as a student. He is a natural evangelist with a huge passion for serving God. A former Crosslinks BEST Study Partner (George Whitefield College 2004-7), he loves seeing young people taught the gospel and then equipped for ministry. Alongside leading Iglesia Santiago Centre Cristóbal is in charge of National Gimnasio (a ministry training programme), teaches homiletics at the local Anglican Bible College, and leads Mouchile, a national evangelistic mission seeking to share the gospel with young people throughout Chile.
Cristóbal is married to Alejandra, and has three children: Belén, Jacinta and Amanda.
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Dear partners in the gospel,
Thank you for being so faithful to us over the years!
I hope that the very cold winter you had is coming to an end and you are starting to get a bit of warm weather. I was in the UK during February and I was able to feel a bit of that winter! Oh my goodness! In the meantime, Chile was experiencing a very hot summer. A perfect time to spend a good holiday with our family.
Some of you may know that I was asked to take on the responsibility of being the new Rector of our Bible College, following the tremendous work done by my predecessor Michael Charles. This meant that we had to change the way we organise our family and church responsibilities. Max Díaz (our Student Minister who was ordained as a Deacon last November) has taken more responsibilities in teaching the whole church. Fresia (a woman who has been trained for women’s ministry) is now working full time and doing more discipleship than ever! So, March has been hectic but we see God at work in us, through us and in spite of us.
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