Jose Salvador “Chity” Escobar, Apopa Campus Pastor & Director of IDEM

José Salvador “Chity” Escobar Cortéz,

Apopa Campus Pastor

Director of IDEM

Bachelor’s Degree of Theology, in progress

When Chity graduated from High School in 1991 he was determined to live his life to the fullest. He had a bright future, good friends, and a good family, in short, almost everything. Although he believed in God, he had never imagined that he could ever really need Him. That was until he had a near drowning accident in the ocean. This incident caused him to realize that without Christ he was lost and condemned to hell. This very day, alone in his room, he made the decision to initiate a personal relationship with God. By invitation from friends, a few months later, he was attending Vida Nueva Baptist Church, meeting with the youth group, receiving discipleship, participating in retreats and going out on the evangelistic campaigns. Later he began to lead a small group, study in the seminary and begin to sense the very intense call of God upon his life.

In 1992, Chity also met Patty Valladares at Vida Nueva. She and her family had recently come to Christ and were attending there also. A year later they both went out on an evangelistic outreach to San Miguel and during the return trip they started talking about the possibility of starting a relationship. Their dating relationship lasted 7 years; they were married on August 12, 2000. Chity was 27 and Patty, 26.  The Lord has miraculously blessed them with a son, Diego José, born on June 27, 2006 and a daughter, Alessandra, born in August of 2009.

In 2003, Chity began working at Vida Nueva, in the Leadership Training Institute, and in 2005 was sent with Alex Hernandez as a full time co-pastor to start Vida Nueva Lourdes just 35 minutes west of the capital San Salvador. During that time Chity focused on evangelism, discipleship, visitation, counseling, preaching and leadership training. His wife Patty was the director of Children’s Ministries. Chity served as Co-Pastor in Vida Nueva Lourdes until 2012. Chity currently is the Director of the Vida Nueva Bible Institute and the Apopa Campus Pastor.

Chity is a godly man with excellent character and is an outstanding student of God’s Word