The Gospel in the Dominican Republic

| February 20, 2015

Christopher Columbus discovered the Dominican Republic during his maiden voyage in 1492. The Italian explorer, under the auspices of Spain, named it La Isla Española (“the Spanish Island”), later Latinized to Hispaniola, which today is shared with its French- and Creole-speaking neighbor on the west, Haiti. Today the D.R. has the largest economy in the Carribbean, mainly due to its burgeoning tourism industry, which attracts 5 million visitors per year. Whereas affluence tends to breed spiritual self-sufficiency, economic growth has coincided with openness, even eagerness, toward evangelical preaching among Dominicans.

The Dominican capital of Santo Domingo, a colonial city founded in 1493, has emerged as a modern-day Geneva, a hub of Reformed churches and training centers for pastors and laypeople. This is a heartening shift in a context where Roman Catholic teaching and prosperity theology continue to dominate much of the religious landscape.

Continuing our series on the gospel in Latin America, I corresponded with Miguel Núñez, senior pastor of the International Baptist Church in Santo Domingo and a Council member of The Gospel Coalition. In addition, Núñez has founded Wisdom and Integrity Ministries, and authored books like Una Iglesia Conforme al Corazón de Dios (A Church After

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