José Salvador “Chity” Escobar Cortéz, Senior Pastor, Vida Nueva, San Pedro Sula, Honduras
When Chity graduated from High School in 1991 he was determined to live his life to the fullest. Although he believed in God, he had never imagined he would really need Him. A near drowning incident in the ocean brought him to the realization that he was lost and on the road to hell. That very day, he initiated a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. A few months later, he was invited to attend Vida Nueva’s youth group, soon he began discipleship, participated in retreats, and began evangelizing. Later, he lead a small group, studied in the seminary and began to sense the very intense call of God upon his life.
In 1992, Chity met Patty Valladares, a new believer, at Vida Nueva. The Lord used the Evangelism ministry to bring them together. 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. From 2014-2017 Chity served as the Director of the Vida Nueva Bible Institute and was the Apopa Campus Pastor. In January 2018 Chity was commissioned to be the Senior Pastor of Vida Nueva San Pedro Sula. He and his family moved there in February 2018 and founded the 6th Metro America 020 church. Chity is a godly man with excellent character and is an outstanding student of God’s Word.