Paul Dreessen - Senior Pastor
Paul was born in Mombasa, Kenya where his parents served as missionaries. He grew up in Guthrie, Oklahoma and attended Wayland Baptist University in Texas on an athletic scholarship. After graduating from Wayland with a B. A. in History, Paul went to New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where he earned his Master of Divinity degree. He pastored in Houston, Texas for 10 years before coming to IBC, Costa Rica in 2002. Currently he is working on his Doctor of Ministry degree from Asbury Seminary.
Paul is married to Dina and they have a daughter, Denae who lives in Houston, Texas with her husband Giovanni and daughters, Isabella and Aliyah. Paul is a sports enthusiasts and likes to run, play basketball, soccer, golf and anything else that is outdoors. He loves to read, especially biographies and history, and has become conversationally fluent in Spanish. Traveling and trying foods from around the world are also high on his list of things he likes.
Paul enjoys the challenge and diversity of serving the international community, although he doesn't like having to say good bye to so many wonderful people when they move to a new location. He loves living and serving in such a beautiful little country like Costa Rica. He has a passion for preaching God's word in a relevant way and seeing life change happen. He also has a heart for missions and church planting and formerly served as President of the International Baptist Convention, a fellowship of English speaking international churches around the world.
Joe Sanchez - Associate pastor
Joe Sanchez came to work as our Associate Pastor in the Summer of 2014. As a military child he grew up in various parts of the United States but attended High School and College in the state of Virginia. He graduated with a B.S degree from Virginia Tech and later with a Masters of Divinity from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Northern California (now Gateway Seminary). He has various ministry experience working with youth, college students, Spanish ministry and church planting.
He and his wife Lizette were married in 2004 and have two children. Lizette is Peruvian and both she and Joe are bilingual in English and Spanish. Most of their time together has been spent living in the USA within the states of Colorado and California but they enjoy the adventure of glorifying God in Costa Rica.
Joe's a big fan of his kids, the movies, Peruvian food and good books. He currently oversees our Group and Discipleship ministries here at the church.
Jilma Schecher - Administrative Assistant
Jilma was born in Managua, Nicaragua. At the age of 3, she moved to CR with her mother and grandparents. Raised in a hard working family of strong faith, Jilma attended a Christian school and became bilingual at a young age. Growing up, she always wanted to be a psychologist and a teacher, both of which she pursued and achieved.
Jilma obtained a Bachelors Degree in Bilingual Preschool Education from Universidad Latina. While she earned her Bachelor’s degree and eventually a Masters Degree, she taught at different private schools. After 10 years of teaching, she went back to school, UNIBE, where she obtained her degree in Psychology and is now a licensed psychologist.
In 2005, Jilma began working part time at International Baptist Church helping in the office and worked her way into a full time position as the church’s administrative assistant in 2010. Jilma met her husband Gene in 2012 and they married in January 2015. They are both active members of the church where they serve in different ministries.
JOSE GUTIERREZ - FAMILY LIFE PASTOR
Jose is a Tico, born in San José, the Capital City and has known the Lord since he was an 8 years old child, immediately baptized and just one year after responded to the Lord's calling for missions and ministry. He holds a Graphic Arts AA Degree from Technical Professional College of Calle Blancos and also earned his Bachelor's in Theology from Baptist Bible College of Costa Rica as well as his Master in Arts from Louisiana Baptist University and Theological Seminary, where he currently pursues his PhD from through distance education.
Jose is married to Bea and they are the joyful parents of two boys and one girl, Ari, Sam and Ellie, who are always studying, playing sports and music and also love to help in various service areas at church. Jose enjoys languages and cultures as well as reading and swimming although his passion is to minister to people of all ages and backgrounds.
For Jose, the International Baptist Church of Costa Rica is a field with great potential for evangelism, discipleship and missions, both, local and worldwide, which represent his purpose driven life as he has served for more than 25 years as Children, Youth and Senior Pastor, Missionary and Church Planter mainly here in Costa Rica, the U.S. and other countries where he has preached and spoken in conferences, churches and Christian universities. He now runs the Children & Youth Ministries, co-works with our families at IBC and oversees Missions & Evangelism.