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.