Leader Bio

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Julio and Olga Chiang

Born in Lima, Peru, in 1974, Julio grew up attending Catholic school, surrendering his life to Christ in 1994. A professional motocross rider, Julio has won 10 National and 2 Latin American titles. Julio is a certified GSMXS (Gary Semics) motocross instructor. Julio graduated from ADEX Peru with a degree in International Business Administration. Most recently Julio completed the International Intensive of City to City in New York, NY.

More than a motocross champion and business administrator, Julio is a gifted missionary pastor. In 2004, Julio and his wife, Olga, joined South America Mission and moved to Pucallpa, Peru, where they were instrumental in planting Mil Palmeras Church. The Chiangs pastored the congregation of Mil Palmeras from 2005 to 2013, along the way studying at the Baptist Bible Seminary in Lima and through the Haggai Institute of Singapore and BILD International based in Ames, Iowa. Julio and Olga have emphasized in their ministry over the years the importance of forming leaders for the church in the context of the local church. This emphasis on church-based leadership development has given the Chiangs a vision for the church having a transformational influence not only spiritually in people’s lives but culturally in society as well. It’s this vision for the church as the primary catalyst in God’s redemptive plan that has led the Chiangs to set their sights on Lima, Peru, as the base for a church multiplication and transformational movement called the Lima Initiative.

Julio and Olga have three daughters: Camila (19) is studying Economic Development at Taylor University, Miranda (15) and Natalia (13) are in the 10th and 8th grades.

You can reach the Chiangs at jochiang@southamericamission.org.