Fernando Perez is hoping to help expand his Christian faith to the Columbus community with the establishment of a new church, Iglesia Cristiana Conexión, later this year.
Perez, who comes from Mexico, said he has been a Christian all of his life, having always been involved in the church. His background, however, may differ from traditional pastors.
Perez has an engineering degree in mining. He said he worked in the states of Chihuahua and Durango in Mexico for three years, programming underground explosive devices to detonate electronically.