Ruben Villar

When I was 13 years old, I went to a camp from my church. God used that camp to call me to serve Him. It was really amazing, because in that camp God was talking to my heart, saying, “You can serve me.” On the last day of the camp, I said, “God, use me however you want. I don’t know if You want me to be a pastor or a missionary.” The only thing that I said was, “God, here I am; use me.”

I’ll never forget that when I was between 14 and 16 years old, my relationship with God was very bad. Although my body was in the church, my heart was far away from Him. However, when I finished high school, I started to think about my life. I recognized that I needed to follow Jesus again and began to renew my decision to serve Him.

In 2008 I made the decision to prepare in a seminary. I studied for a year and a half in Lima. However, I thought to myself, “If I plan to serve full time, then I need to prepare full time too,” because I was working a lot during the day, and I had just a few hours to study and do my homework at night. For that reason, at the end of 2010, I decided to go to Trujillo to finish my theological studies at Peru Baptist Seminary.

Ruben graduated from the seminary in 2014. He considers his primary gifts from the Lord to be preaching, teaching, and counseling.