Joaquin has been involved in leadership and community development for over three decades. He has worked and minister in over 20 countries of the world, where he has empowered many leaders that are committed to transform communities through faith-based and community development projects.
Joaquin was born in the Dominican Republic, and grew up in Santo Domingo. His father was an attorney and his mother was a business woman. At the age of 18 he went to Charleston, West Virginia as an international foreign student to learn English.
After returning to the Dominican Republic, he joined a Christian church in Santo Domingo. In 1979, God called him to full-time ministry. He left his comfortable community and moved to an impoverished neighborhood to start a new church, and got engaged in community and leadership development.
In 1981, he married Oneida, who grew up in a Christian home and who had prayed to marry someone in ministry. They have three adult children and one grandson.
In 1984, he worked as an Associate Pastor of a Spanish-speaking church in New York City, where he also served as a community mediator.
In 1985, he was appointed by Missions Door to work in church planting, leadership development and as country coordinator in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
In 1992, he returned to the United States to study a Master of Arts in Cross-Cultural Communications (Missions) at Denver Seminary.
In 1995, the Vargases moved to the border town of Nogales, Mexico, where they planted a new church, started a social development nonprofit and worked in leadership development.
In 2003, they moved to Denver when Joaquin was asked to join the Executive Leadership Team of Missions Door and to oversee the U. S. Latino ministry in the United States. Soon he was asked to oversee ministries in the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America.
In 2006, he graduated with a Master of Arts in Public Administration with an emphasis in nonprofit management from the University of Colorado at Denver.
In 2011, he became the first international-born Vice President of Ministries giving him overall responsibility for the leadership, supervision, and pastoral care of all the missionaries and ministries under the Mission. Later, he was promoted to Vice President of Engagement to engage donors in new ways to support missionaries and projects.
In November 2016, he resigned from Missions Door to launch Global One80 as a separate nonprofit, but counting with the blessing of the executive leadership and board of the Mission. The new organization has been incorporated as a Colorado nonprofit and on April 18, 2017 the Internal Revenue Services granted them a Determination Letter approving them as a 501 ( C ) 3 tax-exempt organization.
Victor H. Arias
President / CEO
Victor is originally from the Dominican Republic. He accepted the Lord through the ministry that was started by Joaquin A. Vargas. For years he served in various leadership positions in three different churches where he served as Sunday school teacher, Director of a Christian school, church planter and pastor.
He was the first leader that was helped with a program to help young students to go to the University through Missions Door. He was able to graduate with a bachelors degree in Psychology.
He has served as the Country Director in the Dominican Republic of Compassion International. Also, served in in Human Resources for World Vision.
Now, he serves as the President / Chief Executive Officer of Global One80 as a volunteer. We are hoping to raise enough funds, so he can work full-time with the ministry.
Val has worked with college students in campus ministry since 1979. She has ministered at Northern Arizona University, St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, the Harvard Graduate Schools, Worcester State University, Quinsigamond Community College and Nichols College in Massachusetts.
She served with Campus Ambassadors as a national resource leader, a Regional Campus Specialist, Director of Campus Ministries and on the Executive Leadership Team of Missions Door.
Val grew up in an atheistic home. At age 12, while visiting her Christian grandparents, she accepted Christ. Later, while attending Northern Arizona University, Val served in her campus ministry’s student leadership. She is married to Steve Nordbye, and has two children, Erik and Kari and a wonderful daughter-in-law Diane.
Val holds a: M.A. in Biblical Studies from Denver Seminary and a D. Min in Servant Leadership for Team and Organizational Effectiveness from Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN.
She is the Executive Director of Campus One80, a ministry that partners with Global One80.
To learn more about her minsitry work, visit https://www.campusone80.com/
Alfred Schmidt was born and raised in Miami Florida where he attended South Miami Church of Christ. After High School, he attended Auburn University where he graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering. His primary area of technical expertise is industrial automation and instrumentation. He is a registered professional engineer in Florida and seven other states as well as two provinces in Canada.
Throughout his varied career he has served as the Principal Automation Engineer, Manager of Engineering, Director of Washington Engineers, PSC and Managing Partner of Washington Engineers and Architects, LLP in various location including Tampa FL, San Juan, PR and Denver CO. He has been married to Cristina for over 20 and is the proud father of two sons and two daughters. He actively supports many Christian initiatives. He is an avid cyclist logging over 5000 miles annually as well as enjoying many other outdoor activities available in Colorado.
Pastor Aldo was born in Navojoa, Sonora, Mexico. He accepted Christ when he was 8 years old at a family Christian camp.
He grew up in Mexicali where he was a member of a local Baptist church and where he served as youth leader, Sunday School teacher and worship leader.
In 1993, the Lord called him to full-time ministry, so he moved to Nogales, Sonora, Mexico to attend a bible seminary where he studied a degree in Pastoral Theology and Bible. Upon graduation, he started a new church in the same city, together with a missionary.
He met his wife at a local church and they got married in 1996. Then, the Lord opened the door for them to serve in the United States at a Christian camp in Prescott, Arizona.
In September 2002, they started another new Spanish-speaking church in Mesa, Arizona as part of Trinity Church. The church grew to about 300 people.
In September 2013, they felt the need of starting another Spanish-speaking church and they planted Iglesia Ncuentro.
Pastor Aldo has a passion for excellence and encourages new believers to grow on their faith by becoming a true follower of Jesus Christ.
Pastor Aldo and his wife Gloria have three children: Jonhnathan, Jennifer and Jeffrey.
Daniel graduated from Arizona Christian University in Phoenix, AZ. He met his wife Violet at college and have been married for 15 years, and have two children, Riley (8 years old) and Crosby (4 years old). He has been in Ministry for over 15 years.
During that time, he has served as a Youth Pastor, Missions Pastor, Care Pastor, Connections Pastor, Campus Pastor, Lead Pastor and Associate Pastor. He currently lives in Phoenix, AZ where he serves as Campus Pastor at Christ Church of the Valley (Midtown, Phoenix)
Yolanda lives in Monterrey, Mexico. She has worked for years as a professional coach to business and ministry leaders. She has been also a translator of many of the books and materials written by Christian Schwarz from Natural Church Development.
She and her husband Walter Sierra also serve as pastor of a Methodist church in their city.