Peru is 81.3% Roman Catholic, but during the second half of the twentieth century a concerted effort was made by some fundamental missionary agencies to evangelize Peru and establish indigenous churches. Peru now has a strong core of Bible-believing churches and Bible training centers.
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Tim & Cheryl Chapman
Tim Chapman is the second son of Tom and Connie, EMU missionaries in Antofagasta, Chile. Though not born in Chile, Tim spent several years with his parents in Santiago, where he learned Spanish and something of the South American culture. He then returned to Greenville, SC, to study Social Studies Education at Bob Jones University. After graduating in 1998, Tim traveled with the Steve Pettit Evangelistic Team for three years. It was then that he met Cheryl, who was also a member of the team. Cheryl, too, was raised in a Christian home and attended BJU, majoring in Elementary Education and going on to earn a Master’s in Counseling. After their marriage in 2001, Tim began classes at Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary, where he secured a Master’s of Theology.
As a result of the Lord’s leading, a love for evangelistic work, and two visits to Peru, Tim and Cheryl met with the Board of EMU in 2004 to express their desire to become missionaries to Peru in the area of evangelism. Since going to Peru in September 2006, they have attended and ministered in one of Lima’s fundamental churches. Over the last 8 years, Tim has preached for numbers of evangelistic campaigns, camps, and conferences. They have also directed several camps and retreats in Peru during this time. For the last two years, Tim has been serving as interim pastor for their church in Lima, and Lord willing, until the end of 2015, he will be working to help the church transition to a Peruvian pastor. Tim and Cheryl are burdened to leave the ministry of full-time evangelism to be able to plant a new church in an urban part of central Lima sometime in the near future.
Tim and Cheryl have three children: Lauren, Micah, and Abigail.