REGIONAL DIRECTOR & CHURCH PLANTING CATALYST, LATIN AMERICA
Andres is an ordained pastor in the National Presbyterian Church in Mexico and an architect with a master’s degree in urban planning. He grew up in Monterrey, Mexico as a Catholic. During the last year of college he was invited by Ruth, who now is his wife, to an evangelistic campaign where he met the Lord.
After working as a city planner for 15 years, God called him to partner with Mission to the World (MTW), helping and encouraging established churches to start and revitalize more churches. In response to the growing church planting movement and the need for better training for leaders and pastors, he decided to attend Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte to earn a master’s degree of divinity.
He returned to Monterrey, and after leading MTW’s efforts in Northern Mexico and establishing a Church Planting Movement and the Church Planting Center, in 2015 he received an invitation from Redeemer City to City to ignite a movement of the gospel in the 25 most influential cities in Latin America.
Now, after two years, networks in Mexico City and Monterrey, Mexico; Lima, Peru; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Santiago de Chile and Viña del Mar, Chile have started new churches, are training leaders, and are developing a curriculum in Spanish for church planters.
His wife, Ruth, is also a city planner. She is developing a ministry for church planters’ wives. The Garzas have two adult daughters, Lissete and Priscila.