Ethnic groups are becoming a significant part of our growing population in Greater Charleston.   The Charleston Baptist Association has been connecting local churches with Pastor Jerry Zapata and a team of apprentice leaders to establish new church plants.  

Since 2017, Pastor Jerry Zapata has been offering biblical training to develop leaders, preachers and missionaries here in Greater Charleston.  Pastor Zapata has joined in with the CBA and has created partnerships with CBA churches. There are currently 30 ethnic leaders who are meeting monthly to participate in this strategic development track.

Pastor Zapata is native to the country of Colombia and is a tenured leader who has served in vocational church ministry for over 25 years.  He and his wife, Berly have made Greater Charleston their home once their first church plant was initiated back in 2016. Pastor Zapata functions as a developer of leaders and a strategic coordinator to reach ethnic minorities through planting the Gospel in communities through everyday residents of Greater Charleston who assume the call to live as missionary Christians.