I was born in a very small town called Nohakal (a Mayan word meaning something like a big natural watering hole or pond) in the state of Campeche in Southeast Mexico. I was born on October 19, 1975, to Juan Bautista Alpuche (not the John the Baptist from the Gospels, though) and Margarita Martinez. By God’s grace I was born and grew up in the Independent Presbyterian Church in Mexico (IPIM). Yes, the Presbyterian-Reformed church has existed in Mexico for more than one hundred years already! I grew up reading the Westminster Standards and the Three Forms of Unity. I remember we studied Louis Berkhof’s Manual of Christian Doctrine and John Calvin’s Institutes in Sunday School among other Reformed books. We were very, very poor, but we were very happy knowing that we belonged to our faithful Savior Jesus Christ.
As I soon as I finished high school I knew I wanted to be a pastor, so I went to Mexico City to study at John Calvin Theological Seminary, the seminary of my home denomination. I married my dear wife Beatriz Alpuche in 2003, and to this day we have four children. Moises (9), Jade (6), Matias (3), and little Grace (1). In 2004 we had the opportunity in God’s providence to come America to continue my theological training at Mid-America Reformed Seminary. The Lord used Dan Woldhuis from Faith United Reformed Church in Beecher, IL, to help me in coming to America. All of our children were born in America.
I graduated from MARS in 2007. Faith URC consistory proposed me and my wife to stay in America to plant a Spanish-speaking reformed congregation. We accepted the proposal, and in January 2008 I was ordained as a pastor in the URCNA. I began to work as a church planter since then in a place called Chicago Heights in the state of Illinois. I worked there since 2008 till 2014. It was a tremendous blessing to work with Rev. Todd Joling, the elders and deacons of Faith URC.
In 2014 we received and accepted a call from Ebenezer RCUS in Shafter, CA, to plant a Spanish-speaking reformed congregation. We came to Shafter in June 2014, and since then I have been working as a church planter as well in Shafter. It is a great blessing to work together with Rev. Paul Henderson, the elders and deacons from Ebenezer RCUS.
We have a radio ministry called Reformando tu Vida (Reforming your Life) on Sunday at 9:00am. You can listen to it here: www.manantialbakersfield.com You can also follow us on facebook as Iglesia Bíblica Reformada Valle de Gracia” which is the name of our mission work. You can also listen to our Bible studies on sermonaudio.
My family has been tremendously blessed in working in the URC and RCUS. We continue to pray that the Lord may use us to plant a Hispanic reformed congregation in Shafter, CA. It is a very special blessing to be surrounded by a Christian community, but especially by a reformed community of like-minded brothers and sisters.
If you happen to need Spanish reformed literature for Hispanic friends, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at (661) 910-2898.
Praise the Lord!