Erick Fuentes, Director of Praise and Worship

Erick was born into a Christian home on October 19, 1982. His father was the pastor of a church who raised all his children in the Lord. Erick trusted Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of 14, in 1996. One year later he signed up for drum lessons and quickly discovered his love for music. Soon he joined his school’s band and also began to play during church services. He took every opportunity to further develop himself within the Praise and Worship ministry.

In 2000, during his last year in High School, he met Silvia Arely “Lila” Hernández, who would later become his wife. For 6 years they enjoyed a quality friendship. In 2006 they entered into a formal dating relationship.  Lila was a member of Iglesia Bautista Vida Nueva and served in Children’s Ministries. In 2008 she invited Erick to come with her to Vida Nueva. Very quickly Erick felt a part of the church and transferred his membership to Vida Nueva. That same year Erick was invited to help with the Praise and Worship during the annual youth camp for the 13-15 year old youth group. During the camp, as they both served, the Lord gave both Erick and Lila a heartfelt burden for youth. Soon they met with Javier Giron, the 13-15 year old’s youth pastor at that time, to offer themselves in service for the youth. Javier joyfully accepted their offer.

In 2010 Javier was called to join the ministry team at Vida Nueva Guatemala and Erick was given the responsibility of leading the 13-15 year old youth group. Two years later, the 15-18 year old youth group leader, Rodrigo Diaz, was called to join the ministry team in Vida Nueva Nicaragua. Erick was also given the responsibility of leading this older youth group. During the time he led both youth groups, his dream of serving full time at church seemed to become more and more real. He began to pray and wait and be fully committed to both the youth and the praise ministries at Vida Nueva. In March of 2013, Erick and Lila were married in a beautiful and quaint chapel surrounded by family and friends.

In August of 2013, just as Erick was to turn 30 years old, Julio and Steve, Vida Nueva’s Senior Pastors, requested a meeting with him. During that meeting they offered him the opportunity to join Vida Nueva’s ministry team full time. In February 2015, Erick and Lila welcomed Annie Sofia into their family.

Currently, Erick is the director of Praise and Worship Vida Nueva’s 4 San Salvador campuses.  One of his favorite verses is 2 Corinthians 12:15 “And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.”

A Few Words from Erick: Lila is my help meet. As a man, the Lord has given me the privilege of standing up front and leading worship, but there is so much my wife does, that although you don’t see her doing it, she deserves recognition. I could not do what I do without her.