Transition to Columbia

DECEMBER 11, 2013

The Gómez family is ready to go. Bags are packed, airline tickets purchased and final approval given.

On December 27 Ricardo, Beth, Juliana and Jonathan Gómez will leave the U.S. to make Medellín, Colombia’s second largest city, their new home. Ricardo, who was born in Colombia, will be returning to his homeland.

Here in this city of 3 million, Ricardo and Beth will work to bring transformation of another kind – spiritual transformation. Their goal is to help develop solid Christian leaders for the Latin American church and society. Ricardo will teach part-time at Seminario Bíblico de Colombia, a fully-accredited, non-denominational Christian university with students from Latin American countries as well as the U.S. and Europe. He will also serve throughout the Latin America region supporting Free Methodist pastors and leaders.

The Gómez family is based in Medellín, Colombia, where their ministry responsibilities are threefold. Locally, Dr. Ricardo and Beth work with a team of key leaders to develop an urban church planting initiative and open FM churches in Medellín. Nationally, they work with national director, Libni Gasca, to develop a similar initiative in strategic cities throughout Colombia. Internationally, Ricardo continues to assist with the ordination of FM pastors throughout Latin America and serves as a part-time, volunteer professor at the Seminario Bíbilico de Colombia, a nondenominational seminary training leaders.

The Gómez family most recently spent time in the U.S. building relationships with supporters, making their move to Colombia possible. From 2007 to 2012, they served in Santiago, Chile, coordinating theological and pastoral training for Latin America and planting an urban church, Comunidad Cristiana Casa Grande.