Brother Juan has been a pulpit minister at Central since 2011. The following interview was recorded in July 2013 so that others may know more about brother Paiz and our congregation here…
Brother Paiz, could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am currently the minister for the Hispanic congregation at Central church of Christ. We started the Hispanic work about a year and a half ago. I’ve been a Christian since my teen years and became a Christian in the early 70’s in a congregation here in Texas. I’ve been working with congregations bilingually since the early 70’s helping translate English preaching to Spanish. Also, I did some preaching early on as a teen while learning from sound brothers in the faith.
I have been married for 25 years. My wife is a Christian lady and I met her at another Church of Christ congregation at a Gospel revival meeting. She is committed to the Lord and helps me a lot with the Spanish work and in general as a Christian supporting me. We have two children: a son who is 21 and a daughter who is 13 years old.
What are your interests?
Outside the church work, I am very involved in wood working. I really enjoy working with wood and several different projects that involve wood. In the Church, we are currently involved in the Spanish work and evangelism. We do a lot of translation work and we try to encourage others bilingually.
How did you become a pulpit minister?
I became a pulpit minister about one and half years ago because the brethren here at Central church of Christ believed that there was a necessity for a Hispanic work. We had been talking and planning about it for several years before that about starting the work. We began to work and go out evangelizing and door knocking during the summer months inviting people to visit and start a Hispanic bible class and perhaps a Hispanic work. Through the Lord’s help and blessings, we were able to find a couple of families that were interested in attending in Spanish and eventually becoming members here at Central working toward encouraging others to come, visit, and perhaps be added to the Lord’s Church.
What might a visitor expect when they visit our Spanish congregation?
They should expect what the Lord expects from us as Christians in the Lord’s Church, worshipping Him in spirit and in truth according to the New Testament pattern. Everything that is said and done is according to scripture, biblically sound, and following the doctrine of Christ and the apostles. We do everything we can to honor God and to obey Him in all things. That is what a visitor should come to see as we assemble as the saints and worship Him.
Thank you very much Juan! Is there anything else you would like to share with our website visitors as we close?
I would invite them to visit us and view the rest of our website as not many other congregations in Central Texas have the blessing to have the opportunity to worship in either English or in Spanish. We encourage all website visitors to look at the English or Spanish versions of the site and be able to see what the Lord has blessed us with is to be able to offer the Gospel of Christ in English and Spanish and to come and worship Him in spirit and in truth. We also encourage you to visit our Facebook page.