Language: The official language is Castillian Spanish (Castellano). Other languages spoken include Catalan, Galego and Eusquera (Basque)
Fernando Écija Jiménez
Born in Madrid to Andalusian parents, Fernando Écija Jiménez was raised in an evangelical family and received Jesus as a boy, growing up in the the Foursquare congregation which he today pastors.
By profession a financial manager, In 1993, he left an executive position with a subsidiary company of Peugeot becoming the first Spanish national pastor and leader of the Foursquare work in Spain which up to that time had been under the responsibility of missionaries sent by FMI. Under his leadership as president during some 13 years, the church grew to be a strong national work. After a four year rest from national responsibilities, he was reelected to the office of president in 2014. That same year, he also published his first book Formados para formar (Shaped in order to Shape).
Fernando is married to Manoli García and they have a son and a married daughter. In 2016, they became grandparents for the first time. Fernando’s heart desire is to be a pioneer of the much needed reformation of the church of today into the church that was in the heart and mind of Jesus Christ when he said, “I will build my church.”
Our Strategy to Reach the Nation
Spain will have the oldest population in the world by the year 2050. With a wide-open door to immigration, the Lord has eternal strategies ahead. Largely Catholic in confession, the Spanish society has become very secular over the last 20 years. However, there have been signs of breakthrough in Spain which has never experienced a strong spiritual awakening. There are presently thirty Foursquare works at different stages of development.
With a strong vision for evangelism and church planting, Foursquare Spain is preparing for a national harvest. In the national convention of 2015, a covenant was made that over the next 10 years the church would move towards being an discipleship movement that impregnates the country with the Gospel.
Leadership development is a key focus. Equipping leaders and identifying church planters is critical for today’s Church and the Church of the future.