Latin Equip has been called to impact Latin America by:

Equipping Pastors &
Christian Leaders

Equipping Churches Under
National Leadership

Equipping Partners for Ministry
in Latin America


Latin Equip was founded in 1986 by Steve and Shelly Hopkins, missionaries who had just returned from living in Mexico City for two years, where they served as staff pastors in a large church. In 1984 while serving in Mexico, Steve took his first trip to Peru.  What started as an honest and simple vision, became a passionate calling in the hearts of Steve and Shelly. Steve began to minister in Lima, and throughout Peru.

In addition to ministering in Peru, Steve and Shelly have also worked in Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, and Steve has ministered to Spanish-speaking congregations in France, Spain, and Australia.

The Heart of Latin Equip is leadership development in Latin America and for Hispanics wherever they may be found. Since 1986 Latin Equip has provided training and development for more than 15,000 pastors and church leaders.

In 2007 Latin Equip began its ministry, OPEX, which provides leadership training to Christian business leaders throughout Peru. Our business leaders’ conferences are the largest and most highly attended conference of their kind in the country, and has impacted hundreds of businesses. In applying biblical business principals, business leaders see their work impacting churches, communities, and employees.

Since 2008 Latin Equip has participated in ministry targeted especially to women, including eight conferences and countless other training sessions. Through this targeted ministry, hundreds of women have seen the gospel change their homes, families, churches, and communities.

Latin Equip has targeted many groups of children for ministry over the years. Most recently with Torre Fuerte (Strong Tower) girls’ home in Arequipa, Peru, along with PK-Secondary Elim Christian School, and teacher training in Lima and Arequipa. We are global partners with Gateway Church, who has sent teams ranging from construction crews, evangelism teams, and children’s church workers training over 500 workers from dozens of churches around Lima.

In 2018, Latin Equip, with the help of generous ministry partners and Cathedral of Faith in Lima, launched Carl’s Kitchen, a feeding program in Callao, Peru. We minister to nearly 100 children each week, as well as their families. We plan to launch a church at that location in 2021.


Steve & Shelly Hopkins

Steve and Shelly Hopkins are the founders of Latin Equip. As a teenager, Steve spent a year in Quito, Ecuador. They began their life of missions work as a family in June of 1983, when they packed up all of their belongings and their two small sons and moved to Mexico City. Soon thereafter, doors of ministry began to open all over the Spanish-speaking world. Thirty-eight years and over 3 million frequent flyer miles later, their travels and ministry now span four continents.

Steve and Shelly are blessed with a growing family of three adult children, one daughter-in-law, a son-in-law, and four awesome grandsons.


Our purpose at LE is to build bridges with other ministries in their work in Latin America and beyond. To this end, we partner with such ministries as:

For more information on becoming a Latin Equip partner, contact us today.