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Encuentro Ministries exists to enable Christian leaders for effective ministry through pastoral care, skills development and networking of resources to pastors, planters, para-church ministry leaders, and church leaders, in ministry with Hispanics.  See our Ministries page to learn more about these areas of ministry.

Our History

Carlos Dario Peralta and J. Miriam Chacón-Peralta are ordained clergy. Carlos’ undergraduate work in Argentina was in theology. Miriam completed her undergraduate work at Purdue University in Spanish and French Language and Literature. Carlos Dario holds a Masters Degree in Divinity and a Masters Degree in Arts from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, IL. Miriam holds a Masters Degree in Divinity and a Masters Degree in Christian Education from NBTS, and a Masters Degree in Latin-American Studies from the University of Chicago.

Carlos Dario and Miriam have served as local church pastors, new church planters, they have taught as adjunct faculty in seminary, in training programs both national and international, for Hispanics and other church leaders. For many years, Carlos was an itinerant evangelist, preaching and teaching throughout the U.S. and Latin America. Miriam’s leadership in national executive denominational ministries has gifted Hispanics and Anglo constituents alike.

On their own, they have organized and led conferences, workshops, seminars and programs. As speakers and as biblical teachers they have served in several countries. Over the years, they have worked with pastors, para-church leaders, and various church leaders, as counselors, advisors, mentors, and coaches, helping these men and women bring balance their ministry and life.

They share a call to care for ministry leaders and a passion for passing on skills and learnings with others, and for seeing people come to Christ. In the latter part of their life, they aspire to multiply themselves by working particularly with leaders in church settings and/or organizations that reach others for Christ. As a team, their desire is to enable leadership to be more effective for the Kingdom of God, and assist leaders in making a balanced life and ministry, a reality.

Our Organizational Structure

Encuentro Ministries is currently composed and guided of a Board of Directors. To read about its current board members, please visit the Directors page. Carlos D. Peralta and J. Miriam Chacón Peralta currently serve as co-directors of the ministry. Encuentro Ministries was granted 501(c)3 status by the Internal Revenue Service in the fall of 2006.

Our Statement of Faith

We believe the Bible to be the authoritative, inspired Word of God.

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe in salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Those who repent of sin and trust Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit.

We believe in the ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a life of purpose.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

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