QUINCY — Pastor Felix Pacheco came to the Quincy Valley in 1993 with his wife, Esperanza. He moved to Quincy from the Chelan area on a mission to serve as pastor of a seed church for the Quincy Spanish Assembly of God.
When he came here, he had 10 years of experience as an assistant pastor for the Spanish-language Assembly of God Church in Manson.
Pacheco was inspired as a young man who struggled with alcohol addiction to follow the Lord.
“I didn’t know God,” he said.
He remembers that Jesus Christ became his savior in 1984.
“I went to church and dreamed about being part of the church leadership one day,” said Pacheco.
Services for the new congregation in Quincy, started by Pacheco, were originally at 211 B St. SE.
In 2000, the church bought seven acres on Third Avenue Northeast, where Centro Cristiano Fuente de Vida Nueva is now situated.
Pacheco and his wife raised their two boys and two girls in the church and instilled important values in them.
His son, Josue, remembers working in the orchard during harvest from the age of 9, every summer through his senior year at Quincy High School and learning to drive a combine.
Pacheco felt it was necessary for his children to learn the values of education and hard work.
Once the children saved money, they were able to pay for sports activities, trips and other items they wanted or needed. One year, the children pooled their money to buy a new refrigerator for the whole family.
Josue, who has completed service with the U.S. Marine Corps, was able to treat his mother and father to vacations in Hawaii, Europe and Cancún.
Pastor Felix enjoys vacationing with his family and going on missions to Peru. He loves fishing and light carpentry.
“I learned how to do some carpentry when we built the church. Everyone shared their knowledge to complete the project,” he said.
Pastor Felix helps other leaders of his church branch out and start other seed churches in the area. The church has locations all over North Central Washington including Manson, Wenatchee, Oroville, Quincy and Ephrata.
Although Pacheco is an experienced traveler, he feels most comfortable at home in Quincy.