My name’s Emilio and I’m a 1st-year Christ in the City missionary from Quito, Ecuador.

What brought me to Christ in the City

I felt the call to be a missionary back in January. By being honest with myself, I had the desire to become a better man by growing my relationship with God, and to do so in a community that truly loves and supports each other while pushing each other beyond our boundaries both at the house and on the streets by encountering Christ in the homeless really hit home. Christ in the City was the first ministry I heard about so I felt that was where I was being guided, so I just went for it and the entire journey has been a blessing.

What I’m looking forward to

What I’m looking forward to most is the community living. To grow deep, authentic friendships with each other to be able to bring Christ’s love to others. Those rocky mountains are looking pretty good too though.

A bit about me

I recently graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Chemical Engineering where I probably spent too much time in the books but I made up for that senior year. If I wasn’t playing guitar, soccer or basketball I was probably watching it unless some friends held a game night to play Secret Hitler. I’m very laid back and mellow but I’m always up for any kind of adventure with others. Fun fact, I taught my dog how to skateboard.


everyone deserves
to be known & loved

If you join me in the mission as a monthly supporter, you will also become part of Known & Loved, Christ in the City’s monthly giving community! We are so grateful for our monthly supporters and their consistent generosity which makes it possible for us missionaries to be formed and reach out the homeless all year-long.

Watch Zach’s testimony below to hear what it means to him to be Known & Loved.