Iglesia Torre Fuerte (Iowa City, Iowa, USA)

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The Iglesia Torre Fuerte, Iowa City, Iowa, USA, began in 2010 when Max and Gloria Villatoro moved from Muscatine to launch an outreach to Hispanic Christians in Iowa City. They held the first service at First Mennonite Church of Iowa City on 5 May 2010.

In 2015, Max Villatoro was deported from the United States in a highly publicized case. The basis for his deportation stemmed from a 17-year-old drunk driving charge prior to his marriage and becoming a Mennonite pastor. The family finally reunited in 2019 in Gloria Villatoro's native Mexico.

Sometimes the congregation is called Iglesia Menonita Torre Fuerte.

In 2023 the congregation was part of the Central Plains Conference of Mennonite Church USA.


Boshart, Shana Peachey and Gloria Villatoro. "Developing congregation in Iowa City: Iglesia Torre Fuerte." Scattered Seeds (February 2012): 4-5.

Huber, Tim. "Family reunited after deportation." Mennonite World Review 2 September 2019. Web. https://anabaptistworld.org/family-reunited-after-deportation/.

"Iowa City pastor deported to Honduras." Ames Tribune 20 March 2015. Web. https://www.amestrib.com/story/news/state/2015/03/20/iowa-city-pastor-deported-to/27273211007/.

Additional Information

Meeting Address: First Mennonite Church, Iowa City, 405 Myrtle Ave., Iowa City, Iowa 52246

Phone: 319-359-9161


Denominational Affiliations: Central Plains Mennonite Conference

Mennonite Church USA

Pastoral Leaders at Iglesia Torre Fuerte

Name Years
of Service
Max Villatoro 2010-2015
Gloria Villatoro 2010-2019

Membership at Iglesia Torre Fuerte

Year Membership
2020 0

Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published May 2023

Cite This Article

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Steiner, Samuel J. "Iglesia Torre Fuerte (Iowa City, Iowa, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. May 2023. Web. 17 Apr 2024. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Iglesia_Torre_Fuerte_(Iowa_City,_Iowa,_USA)&oldid=175552.

APA style

Steiner, Samuel J. (May 2023). Iglesia Torre Fuerte (Iowa City, Iowa, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 17 April 2024, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Iglesia_Torre_Fuerte_(Iowa_City,_Iowa,_USA)&oldid=175552.

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