Willy Vazquez was born and raised in Chiapas, Mexico. When he was nine years old his parents accepted the Seventh-day Adventist message and he was baptized at the age of 12.

He dreamed of becoming a medical physician, but three months before graduating from high school the idea of becoming a pastor filled his mind. He struggled with the Lord, but the more he told God that he did not want to be a pastor the more the word pastor resounded in his mind.

Willy obeyed the voice of God and went to Montemorelos University in Nuevo Leon, Mexico. After completing his theological studies at Montemorelos, he moved to Texas where he served as an assistant pastor while earning his master’s degree in education.

Vazquez is currently working on his Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry through Andrews University. It is his desire to serve the church and community in a larger capacity through this degree. Before assuming his current role at the Great Bend Hispanic and Hutchinson Hispanic congregations, Vazquez worked in Massachusetts, Missouri and Kansas. He was ordained to the gospel ministry on April 9 at the Great Bend Church.

Vazquez said, “It is the greatest desire of my heart to be in a close relationship with God through prayer and study of His word in order for me to be attentive to His instruction of how to minister, guard, care and feed His flock.”

His lovely wife, Minervaa, a dietitian by profession and a dedicated wife and mother, was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico. Willy and Minerva have two beautiful children who love the Lord: Wilfred, 23 and Estibaliz, 16.