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Seven Questions with Victor Solorzano

Victor Solorzano
2024 CSBC Vice President
This week’s Seven Questions is with the newly elected CSBC Vice-President, Victor Solorzano! Born in El Salvador and saved at the age of 14, Victor’s turbulent youth led him to find stability in his local church. A church planter who seeks to serve the Lord in whatever capacity God will allow, he is the lead pastor of Iglesia Vida En Victoria in Bell Gardens, where he has served for nearly 18 years. He is celebrating 15 years of marriage with his wife Sarah, and they have one dog. They love coffee and find great enjoyment in seeking out new coffee shops wherever they may be.

1. What has been an evangelistic tactic that has worked best for you?

I've been greatly influenced over the past year by the Gideons and the Gideon Ministry. Their method of evangelism is just taking people back to God's Word. You know, they always carry that little Bible with them. They'll start talking to someone and say, “Read this. Read this. Read that.” There are so many ways to share, but whenever I do get a chance to speak to someone, I always try to connect them with one particular story in the Bible- one passage that I feel the Spirit is leading me towards. It’s been very effective in sharing the message of the Lord through His Word. It may be a verse of forgiveness, conviction, or repentance, or a story that I feel would resonate with that person. I think that that God has honored that over the years in my life.

2. Toilet paper, under or over?

I mean, over. And I really like it when it has that triangle thing, you know, like what they do in the hotels. But as long as there is toilet paper, I don't mind. I just don't want to find myself without it.

3. What book are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading John Piper’s Let the Nations Be Glad: The Supremacy of God in Missions. I love my church, and my passion is for teaching – looking for something new to share and leading in instruction. But as Christians, it can be hard to wake up in the morning and say, “I need to save just one more soul,” you know? We struggle with finding a love for the lost, and that leads us to not pursuing evangelism and missions. But it doesn’t matter if you’re not incredibly passionate for evangelism. If you are passionate about Jesus and you’re passionate about obeying Him and He is your Lord, then you’ll do as He commands. I’ve always felt a bit of guilt about not having “that passion,” but this paints it in a different light and reminds me that I sometimes need to just be obedient.

4. What biblical character (other than Jesus) would you want to meet, and why?

Well, there are several, really. But I'm going to go with the classic, David. I think he's one of the people in the Bible that I have preached more about, and there is one specific passage... it's well known where he is called “a man after God’s own heart”, and it's always been so intriguing to me. David was a mess up in so many ways. But one of the things that I love about him the most is that he made terrible mistakes- I mean he did horrible things. Yet when the time came to repent, he did it quickly, he did it publicly, and he did it honestly.

5. What is one piece of advice you would give to your younger self?

Develop more relationships! When I was younger, I used to be more of a lonely kind of guy, especially in high school. When I look back at those years, I would tell myself to build more friendships. And maybe in ministry, create more relationships outside the church. Finding fellow pastors that would build me up, offer good advice, and invest in me – those relationships are vital to the success of a young pastor.

6. If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be and why?

Well, even though some may give me a hard time about it, I'm not going to say Israel. I'd have to say Egypt. I’ve always loved the pyramids and temples around the world. They are actual temples in Latin America, and I love it. I love the culture and the ingenuity required to build them. Also, it’s a place in the Bible where Moses walked. When I was a boy, every Easter I would watch the 10 Commandments, and I loved what God did in that part of the world. And then from there, I would jump into the Holy Land!

7. When you think through all the names of Christ, what name resonates with you right now, and why?

The Bread of Life. It’s resonated with me for the last 5-6 years. I was struggling about 10 years ago with the importance of preaching every week, especially in midweek service. My congregation already heard a Sunday sermon and then I’m preaching again in the middle of the week. But we need the Lord every day. More than once a day because we eat more than once. Hopefully, right? When we listen to God's word, we will always benefit from it. Always. There's no such thing as too much. I think that's a wonderful name that the Lord gave Himself.
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