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Concilio de las Iglesias Evangélicas Menonitas en Venezuela (Council of Mennonite Evangelical Churches in Venezuela), is the name of the conference of churches that developed out of the mission activity of the Eastern Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities (MC). The José Santiago family arrived in Caracas in November 1978 to establish new fellowships of believers. The first congregation was organized in 1979 with 32 believers. The council organized and purchased a building in the San Bernardino district of Carac as that year. That building served as meetingplace, pastor's residence, council office, and Bible institute classroom. The second congregation was organized in Charallave, an industrial town 70 km. (42 mi.) south of Caracas, in 1982.

The council publishes El Portavoz Menonita (The Mennonite Spokesman), a bimonthly church magazine. It operates a nonresident Bible institute and works as a partner with Mennonites from Colombia in annual advanced-level training seminars. The council is a member of the Evangelical Council of Venezuela.

In 1987 two congregations were in formation in addition to the two established congregations. Total membership was 170. In 2000 there were three congregations with a total of 100 members. In 2012 the Concilio was no longer listed on the Mennonite World Conference website.


Mennonite World Handbook Supplement. Strasbourg, France, and Lombard, IL: Mennonite World Conference, 1984: 107.

Mennonite Yearbook and Directory (1986-87): 162.

Mennonite World Conference website.

Author(s) Millard Garrett
Date Published 1987

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Garrett, Millard. "Concilio de las Iglesias Evangélicas Menonitas en Venezuela." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1987. Web. 30 May 2016.

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Garrett, Millard. (1987). Concilio de las Iglesias Evangélicas Menonitas en Venezuela. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 30 May 2016, from

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