Jose Perez found Jesus at the age of 22 when he was desperate for a change. Shortly after giving his life to the Lord he felt called to the ministry and began serving at his church in Caracas, Venezuela. Over the course of 10 years, he served as the Youth Pastor, Evangelism Pastor and Fine Arts Pastor and finally was named the Associate Pastor. He led many evangelistic outreaches, directed and choreographed musicals, street dances, and mimes and was known for preaching to crowds in the streets. While he was serving as a pastor, he attended Bible College and graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in Pastoral Studies with a minor in Fine Arts. The Lord then opened the door for Jose to be a staff pastor at Destiny Church International in Caracas, which was founded by an Assembly of God missionary. Jose served there for almost 5 years, until he moved to Minnesota to marry Jenna. He received his License to Preach with the Assembly of God in Minnesota in April 2015, and is so excited to see how God has been forming his life for this time! He planted One Reason Church with his wife in October 2017!
Jenna Perez (Dean) was born and raised as an Assembly of God pastor’s daughter in Duluth, MN. She felt called to the ministry at the young age of 12 years old. After traveling to over 15 countries on missions trips, she had an undeniable passion for missions. She attended North Central University and graduated in 2007 with a Bachelors of Arts in Pastoral Studies. After serving as an interim youth pastor at her home church in Duluth, she knew it was her time to go to the mission field. Shortly after, she was an appointed missionary with the Assembly of God and served the first year in Costa Rica studying Spanish and then finished the term in Venezuela where she helped facilitate a children’s home with 40 abandoned children. She has been actively involved in ministry as a licensed minister with the Assembly of God since 2008, and has a genuine heart to share the love of Christ with this world. When God began calling Jose and Jenna to plant a Spanish/English church in the metro of the Twin Cities it felt like a natural fit. Her heart for missions, passion for the Hispanic culture, love of Spanish, and motivation to reach the lost led Jenna to partner with her husband as they followed God’s direction to plant One Reason Church.