Humberto Lay

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Pastor
Humberto Lay Sun
Peruvian Congressman
Assumed office
2011
Constituency Lima
Personal details
Born (1934-09-25) 25 September 1934 (age 82)
Lima, Peru
Political party National Restoration Party
Alma mater National University of Engineering
Profession Architect, cleric
Religion Evangelicalism

Pastor Humberto Lay Sun (born 25 September 1934 in Lima) is a Peruvian evangelical minister of the Iglesia Biblica Emmanuel, an architect, and a politician (National Restoration Party). He is of Chinese descent. He studied at the Colegio San Andrés (Anglo-Peruvian School). He was also a commissioner on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that investigated abuses by the Shining Path, Túpac Amaru Revolutionary Movement, and the Military of Peru during the 1980s and 1990s. He is a Congressman representing Lima for the 2011–2016 term.

From 1953 to 1957 he studied at the Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería and received an architecture degree. He started his professional career in his family's import business.

Clerical activity[edit]

From 1979 on Lay was an important pastor in Alianza Cristiana y Misionera Church, whose largest temples he designed, thanks to his profession. Later, in October 1987, he founded the Iglesia Bíblica Emmanuel in Lima, capital of Peru. Since then, this Christian church has developed successfully, and Pastor Lay has got a top position among the Christian leaders and pastors in Perú. This church works with young people, families and is a well-known missionary church.

Lay is the president of Unión Nacional de Iglesias Cristianas Evangélicas del Perú - UNICEP. He is also a member of the Fraternidad Internacional de Pastores Cristianos - FIPAC.

After the downfall of Alberto Fujimori's dictatorial regime in 2001, Lay was active in the National Anti-corruption Initiative and Commission of Truth and National Reconciliation.

Humberto Lay is a well-respected leader in the Christian evangelical world in Peru and abroad. Iglesia Biblica Emmanuel, which he founded in October 1987, is one of the most important churches in Peru and has many churches in several cities of Peru. Lay left his position as main pastor at that church when he entered political life, and left his position to Ps. Saúl Gutiérrez, who is since then the main pastor.

Political career[edit]

In November 2005, Lay founded the National Restoration party, a rally of socially conservative evangelicals, which he has chaired ever since.

Although Humberto Lay Sun ran unsuccessfully for president in the 2006 elections on the National Restoration ticket, obtaining 4.38% of the valid votes, the top political leaders in Peru have taken in count as he represents an important electoral base of evangelical Christians in Peru.

For the 2011 general elections, Lay integrated his National Restoration into the Alliance for the Great Change of Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and was elected Congressman for this group, as the only member of his party, and as the eldest lawmaker in the 2011-2016 congressional period.

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