By Richard Peverini, with Kimberly Luste Maran and Faith Hoyt
Pastor, radio speaker, and evangelist ministered to Spanish-speaking audiences around the world, serving in ministry for a total of 58 years.
Milton Peverini García, former speaker/director for La Voz de la Esperanza, passed to his rest in Loma Linda, California, in the early morning on June 27, 2021, after a long illness. He was 88.
In January 1971, Peverini García joined the ministry of La Voz de la Esperanza as associate speaker/director, becoming the speaker/director in 1974, after Braulio Pérez Marcio retired. Devoted to the cause of Jesus Christ since his youth, his theology studies, training as a lawyer, and experience as an educator and youth counselor gave Peverini García a firm foundation as speaker/director. Throughout his ministry, he made a significant contribution to the spiritual life of thousands, not only as speaker/director of the La Voz de la Esperanza ministry, where he led for 27 years, but also as a speaker in international evangelism series and as the author of numerous books and articles.
“He possessed that rare blend of genius and humility, which, happily for me, made him the perfect mentor. And for the myriads that followed him on radio and television, it translated into intensely interesting yet easy to follow expositions of our beloved Adventist faith,” shared Frank González, who joined the La Voz de la Esperanza ministry in 1996 and became the speaker/director when Peverini retired in January 1998.
In his personal life, Peverini García was known as a kind and dignified person, keenly interested in how his friends and family were doing. He always enjoyed a chance to get to know new people.
“Milton was the epitome of kindness, gentleness, and meekness,” shared Dan Matthews, longtime colleague and associate pastor at Loma Linda University Church. “I know because I was there when other louder leading voices sought to dominate Media Center decisions. But, all of us would quickly defer to the godliness evident in Milton’s quiet comment.”
As the years went by and his health started to fail, his work for the church became limited to teaching the Sabbath School lesson in his local church. “Pastor Peverini” has now passed to his rest, awaiting the blessed coming of the Lord Jesus.
“Elder Milton Peverini was a humble, spiritual, and dynamic leader of our radio ministry La Voz de la Esperanza for many years,” shared Pastor R. Ernest Castillo, retired vice president of the North American Division. “He will be greatly missed. But let us never forget that through his ministry he made a tremendous positive impact on our Hispanic community around the world. Come Lord Jesus.”
Along with his wife, Eunice, he is survived by three adult children, Ricardo, Graciela, and Susana; six grandchildren; and one great-grandson. His family and friends honor his memory and take comfort in the Lord’s promises.
A memorial service is planned for July 10, 2021, at 4 p.m. PDT. The service will be available for watching online through www.lluc.org. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to support the ministry of La Voz de la Esperanza (click here for English).