Victor Cuartas is the Elmer V. Thompson chair of church planting at CIU. Originally from Cali, Colombia in South America, Victor spent a number of years in mission and church planting in his home country before continuing his ministry in the United States.
He earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Regent University and is currently completing a PhD in Missiology from the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies (Middlesex University).
His books include Empowering Hispanic Leaders, which is available in English and Spanish. Victor’s most recent publication is entitled "Pentecostalism in Colombia," in Global Renewal Christianity, Vol 2, Latin America. He has also published several articles on mission and leadership in several journals.
Victor is fluent in both Spanish and English, and has ministered extensively throughout the United States, and also in countries such as Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Panama, Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Canada, Spain and Morocco.
Victor is quite passionate about global missions, preaching, teaching, and researching as a way of fulfilling God’s calling on his life—to teach biblical principles that transform people’s lives. He emphasizes the importance of networking and partnering with different denominations to advance God’s kingdom.
His wife Isabel is also from Colombia and they have one amazing daughter, Eliannah. He enjoys soccer and outdoor activities, biking and running.