Joaquín A. Vargas

Joaquín A. Vargas
Joaquín A. Vargas

Joaquin has been involved in leadership and community development for over three decades. He has worked and ministered in over 20 countries, empowering many leaders committed to transforming communities through faith-based and community development projects.

Joaquin was born in the Dominican Republic and grew up in Santo Domingo. In 1978, he accepted Jesus as his savior at a local church. In 1979, God called him to full-time ministry. He left his comfortable community and moved to an impoverished neighborhood to start a new church.

1981 he married Oneida, who grew up in a Christian home. They have three adult children and four grandchildren.

In 1985, he was appointed by Missions Door to work in church planting, leadership development, and as country coordinator in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
In 1992, he returned to the United States to study for a Master of Arts in Cross-Cultural Communications (Missions) at Denver Seminary.

In 1995, Joaquin and Oneida moved to the border town of Nogales, Mexico, where they planted a new church, started a social development nonprofit, and worked in leadership development.

In 2003, they moved to Denver to be part of the Executive Leadership Team of Missions Door. Later, he became Vice President of Ministries, giving him overall responsibility for the leadership, supervision, and pastoral care of all the missionaries and ministries under the Mission.

In 2006, he graduated with a Master of Arts in Public Administration with an emphasis in nonprofit management from the University of Colorado at Denver.
In November 2016, he resigned from Missions Door to launch Global One80. A Christian nonprofit that empowers leaders to transform communities with the gospel of Jesus.

In 2019, he moved to Arizona to continue working with Global One80 and got involved in church planting among Latinos. He started Iglesia Experimenta Vida in Mesa in 2020. Together with other leaders has started Ncuentro Network, a ministry that empowers Latino church planters. Also, he works for NAMB as a church planting catalyst.

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