E N C U E N T R O C O N C R I S T O
Encuentro con Cristo is an Evangelical church located in Ñuñoa, a busy residential and commercial area in Santiago, Chile’s capital.
Our church was born 1949 when a group of European immigrants decided to get together and share the Gospel with other German Speakers. Over the years they started sharing the Good News with the local community allowing the church to grow. In 1984, a group of around 80 people inaugurated our current building located in Plaza Egaña. Today we’re a community of around 800 people who wish to build bridges with our context and reach people for Christ.
We exist so that every person can have an encounter with Christ, grow in a relationship with Him and, in that way, extend God’s Kingdom.
Our Vision: To be and make disciples that are passionate for the transformation of people, families, cities of Chile and the World through the Gospel.
Ministry Central Focus: We form disciples that multiply wherever they are.
– Alejandro Pooley – Senior Pastor
– Jorge Antileo – Executive Pastor
– Eduardo Jakob – Family Ministry Pastor
– Romina Jorquera – Pastoral Assistant
–Alexandra Wilson – Children’s and Formation Coordinator
–Mauricio Carvallo – Arts and Communications Coordinator
–Epifanio Briceño – Communications and design manager
Worship Service and Ministry activities
Our main service takes place every Sunday at 11:00 am. It’s an environment of community celebration and learning centered in the Gospel and open to everyone.
Prayer meetings: We have different meetings during the week where we seek intimacy with our Father in prayer with others.
Family Ministry: our family ministry’s main focus is to help families grow spiritually and relationally. Some of the activities we offer are: Marriage Course, Marriage Preparation Course, Marriage Encounters (EMEC), Couples’ Evenings, Women’s Encounter (EME) and Women’s monthly gatherings.
Children’s Ministry: this ministry’s main focus is to help families raise children that know and love Christ, and that grow in Him. Every Sunday we offer environments that have been designed to be safe and attractive for the children that attend our church.
Youth Ministry: this ministry is organized in different age groups: Link (13 to 17 year olds), Sigma (17 to 25 year olds) and Generación X (25 and older). Each of these aim to offer environments were young people can connect with others, serve and grow in their relationship with Christ.
Worship and Arts Ministry: this ministry is formed by the Worship Team and Technical Team.
Stewardship Ministry: this ministry covers different service areas like Guest Services, offering collection and auditing, etc. It also includes our Outreach Area.
Small Groups: through small groups, which we call Grupos de Encuentro, we aim to create predictable environments where participants experience authentic community and spiritual growth. Small Groups meet on a weekly or biweekly basis in homes and in the church. We currently have around 40 small groups.
Summer Camps: every year we have several summer camps for families and youth that take place in Caburga, a beautiful lake in the south of Chile.
Current and future challenges
As a church we have big dreams for what God can accomplish through us. Some of these dreams and challenges are:
- Reach more people, specially non believers, through our Small Groups.
- Love and serve foreigners arriving in Chile, mainly those in need.
- Start one or more campuses in Santiago.
- Reach children and families through the Santiago Evangelista school.