Freddy Benavides elected superintendent of Ecuador Sierra Norte District
Freddy Benavides was elected superintendent of the Sierra Norte District on 17 March 2023.
Benavides pastors the Manantial de Vida Church of the Nazarene in Quito, Ecuador, has held leadership positions in the district, and taught at Seminario Teológico Nazareno Sudamericano (South American Nazarene Theological Seminary).
“With much enthusiasm, we accept this challenge,” Benavides said. “I am convinced that if God calls you, He will support, guide, and affirm you. Thank you to the District Assembly, which confirmed its desire to support, trust, and to be a pillar in the new district administration.”
The assembly was held in a spirit of unity, bidding farewell to pastor Hernán Puga, who is leaving the role of district superintendent after 26 years of service.
“Serving 26 years in this district was a wonderful experience for four reasons: church planting, seeing so many people giving their lives to the Lord, developing lay leaders and seeing them later become pastors, and personally feeling the hand of God at work in my life and ministry all the time,” Benavides said. “I only have gratitude to the Lord and to my beloved Church of the Nazarene. Thank you, Lord, for giving me this honor and privilege."
General Superintendent Fili Chambo, Regional Director Christian Sarmiento, Field Strategy Coordinator Geraldo Nunes, and around 178 delegates plus visitors who showed their support for the new leadership participated in the assembly.
--Church of the Nazarene South America