Nicomedes is the pastor of “Christ is the Head” Baptist Church in San Lázaro, in the district of Pacaipampa, in northern Peru. He is also a passionate missionary/church planter. Brother Nicomedes is married to Esterfilia and has eight children, ranging in age from eight to twenty-nine.
Testimony of conversion
My life was a mess, and I was a wicked man sold into sin. I was constantly lost in drunkenness, and I mistreated my wife. On November 10, 1985, I was drinking with my friends and doing a lot of terrible things before God when this man from Pacaipampa drew near and talked to us about the gospel of Jesus Christ. He explained what Christ had done on the Cross for sinners; that He rose from the dead on the third day; and that He is seated at the right hand of God, ready to judge the world with justice and truth. That day, I understood the gospel through the Scriptures. The Lord changed my life and saved me when I was nothing but a bad man, drunk and wicked. He changed my life and made me a new creature; He made me a new man. At the beginning, I did not understand how this change was made possible until I started to study the Scriptures and gather with God’s people.
After my conversion, I began to study the Scriptures every day and testify of our Lord Jesus Christ to my friends and family. In time, my brothers were also transformed by the grace of God. They turned away from idols to God and are now serving with me in the ministry of the church.
Testimony of ministry
In 1986, God called me to serve in the pastorate. From that time on, I began to preach the gospel as a missionary and church planter. Pastor Ángel Colmenares and Daniel Colmenares trained me and other men through the Baptist Bible College called “Hombres Fieles” (Faithful Men). This training helped us to start five more churches, reaching the most remote places of the highlands and even the jungle of Peru.
To this day, we do not worry about the heat or the cold or the long hours on the way. With my fellow-missionary Urbano Gómez from Pacaipampa, we teach everyone who will listen. We also meet every two months with more than forty-five pastors from the areas of Pacaipampa and Chalaco. Every three months, we hold the training program “Hombres Fieles” with Pastor Daniel Colmenares and eighty other pastors and leaders. By God’s grace, I have been given the charge of being the President of Pastors in the areas of Pacaipampa and Chalaco. To God be the Glory!
The Baptist church of which I am a pastor was founded in 1985. It started with six brothers and has now grown to one hundred members. Six pastors were trained in our church, and now they are working in new churches.