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María Luisa Piraquive
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Born (1949-02-10) February 10, 1949 (age 69)[1]
Chipatá, Santander, Colombia
Residence Weston, Florida, United States
Other names Sister Maria Luisa

Bachelor of Education with specialization in Linguistics

Literature (1993)
Diploma in Community Management and Social Management (1998)
Educational Management Graduate (1999)
Alma mater University of La Sabana
Occupation Neo-pentecostal leader and benefactor
Years active 1971–present
Organization María Luisa de Moreno
International Foundation
Home town Sáchica, Boyacá Department, and Bogotá, Colombia
Title Leader/Ministry of the Church of God Ministry of Jesus Christ International
Term 1996–present
Predecessor Luis Eduardo Moreno
Spouse(s) Luis Eduardo Moreno (m. 1966–1996)
Humberto Romero Medina (m. 2006)
Children César Eduardo, Alexandra, Perla, Iván Darío and Carlos Eduardo
Parent(s) María Corredor and Obdulio Piraquive
Awards Frida award[2]

María Luisa Piraquive (born February 10, 1949) is a Colombian singer,[3][4] educator,[5] philanthropist, writer and neo-Pentecostal leader. She is co-founder and current leader[6] of the Church of God Ministry of Jesus Christ International (CGMJCI), which has more than 930 locations in over 50 countries worldwide.[7]

Piraquive is commonly known by the members of the church as "Sister María Luisa". She produces several Bible study guides that are shown weekly in all locations of the Church of God Ministry of Jesus Christ International. The Bible studies are currently dubbed in English, French, German and Portuguese. Piraquive has released hymnals, choruses and more than a dozen music CDs, which have been translated into several languages. She is also founder and director of the Ministries and Gifts Bible Institute, where the preachers of the Church of God Ministry of Jesus Christ International are educated, and co-founder and president of the Maria Luisa de Moreno International foundation, a social aid NGO that operates in over 12 countries.

Piraquive is the mother of the Colombian Senator Alexandra Moreno Piraquive.[8]

Recognitions and Awards[edit]

María Luisa Piraquive had received several awards in Colombia and Latin-America.


Maria Luisa Piraquive was postulated in 2009 to receive the award The Exemplary Colombian (El Colombiano Ejemplar), in the personal solidarity category by the journal El Colombiano of Medellin.[9] The Neiva´s Municipal Council granted her with the Recognition Award to Finest Personalities (Moción de Reconocimientos a los Ilustres Personajes).[10]


The Colombian Air Force gave Piraquive the award “Alas de Esperanza 2012” (Wings of Hope Award 2012), for the health brigades delivered through the ONG that has his name.[11] On February 2012 the Chamber of Representatives of Colombia decorated her with the Order of Democracy Simón Bolivar (Orden de la Democracia Simón Bolívar);[12][13] the same day the Caqueta Government gave her the Gold Coreguaje to a Model Citizen (Coreguaje de Oro a una Ciudadana Ejemplar).[14]


Maria Luisa received the Frida award in Argentina, given by Vía Nostrim in 2011.[15] On August 2012 in San Juan (Puerto Rico), during the XIII Iberoamerican Summit of Millennium Leaders for an Education with Love and Value, she received a Master in Educational Administration and an Honorary Doctorate Summa Cum Laude by the Iberoamerican Council in Honor to the Excellence and Education Quality (CIHCE).[16] On August 2013 she received in Mexico, by the YMCA University, a Doctorate Honoris Causa, in recognition of her 40 years teaching with values.[17] A year later the CIHCE and the Puebla Government gave her an Honorific Doctorate in Philosophy of Education and a Master in Educational Sciences in recognition of her work for disabled people with the project “Find the Capacity, One Opportunity”.[18]


Piraquive has been involved in controversies during her career, attributed by the Church to an intense smear campaign.[19] In 2006, her son Iván Moreno Piraquive alleged that he was rejected from the Ministerial Church because of his sexual orientation.[20] Nevertheless, a few years after that he returned to the family. In an interview given by Iván Moreno in 2014, he said that the accusations that he made in 2006 were incited by his cousin Oscar Bedoya, a self-proclaim enemy of the Church.[21]

In January 2014 she appeared in a video claiming that people with physical disabilities cannot preach because their impairments may cause a negative impact on members of the congregation. Her comments caused outrage in social and news media.[22] The Church explained that the video was edited and published illegally and does not show the part in which María Luisa says to a disabled preacher that, while what she thought was the general rule, it is God who decides if someone can be in the pulpit, and for that reason he was able to go on as a preacher.[23]

The vice-Minister of the Ministry of the Interior and Justice of Colombia stated that Piraquive's views do not violate any current Colombian law.[24] Later that month, a municipal judge in Bogota dismissed a discrimination lawsuit against Piraquive filed by Joseph Alexander Hofmann, who suffers from cerebral palsy.[22]

Piraquive has been accused of money laundering and other related offenses, which have extended to the broader church.[25] Piraquive has also been publicly denounced for her and her family’s lavish lifestyle, which includes properties in Florida reportedly worth in excess of US$ 5,000,000.[26] Explanations for this wealth are not given, Piraquive has reportedly stated that ‘since money [donated to the Church] is for God, there are no refunds nor questions asked’ (“como el dinero es para Dios, no tiene ni devolución ni cuestionamientos”).[26]


The first edition of Piraquive's autobiography Vivencias was published in 2001. A second revised edition followed in 2007.[27]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Le religioni in Italia" (in Italian). CESNUR. Retrieved April 24, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Vía NOSTRUM – Red de Desarrollo de Conocimiento". Programa FRIDA, International Development Research Centre, Internet Society y LACNIC. 2011. Retrieved November 13, 2011. 
  3. ^ Church of God Ministry of Jesus Christ International. "choirs and hymns performed by Sister Mary Louise" (in Spanish). Retrieved April 26, 2009. 
  4. ^ Luis Eduardo Moreno, ed. (2004). Hymns and Choirs – Church of God Ministry of Jesus Christ International. Church of God Ministry of Jesus Christ International: Church of God Ministry of Jesus Christ International. p. 5. ISBN 958-33-4817-1. 
  5. ^ Piraquive, Maria Luisa (September 2007). Experiences (2nd ed.). Church of God Ministry of Jesus Christ International: Church of God Ministry of Jesus Christ International. pp. 124 and 128–133. ISBN 958-33-2658-5. 
  6. ^ Ministry of Interior and Justice. "Church Record" (in Spanish). Retrieved April 26, 2009. 
  7. ^ Church of God, Ministry of Jesus Christ International. "Direcciones" (in Spanish). Retrieved July 23, 2010. 
  8. ^ El Espectador (September 1, 2008). "Si, yo quiero ser presidenta" (in Spanish). Retrieved April 26, 2009. 
  9. ^ El Colombiano. «El Colombiano Ejemplar 2009». Consultado el 20 de septiembre de 2012
  10. ^ Diario La Opinión (08-05-2013). «Fundación Internacional María Luisa de Moreno, en pro de las comunidades pobres». Consultado el 10 de septiembre de 2013.
  11. ^ Caracol Radio. «Entrevistas del premio Alas de Esperanza». Consultado el 10 de septiembre de 2013.
  12. ^ «El Congreso condecoró con la Orden Simón Bolívar a la licenciada María Luisa Piraquive». Consultado el 19 de febrero de 2012.
  13. ^ Prensa Senado. «Congreso condecoró a María Luisa Piraquive». Consultado el 19 de febrero de 2012.
  14. ^ Cadena Súper. «40 años María Luisa Piraquive». Consultado el 19 de febrero de 2012.
  15. ^ Radio Super. «40 Años Maria Luisa Piraquive». Consultado el 28 de enero de 2014.
  16. ^ Fundación Internacional María Luisa de Moreno. «Dra. María Luisa Piraquive recibe el título "Doctor Honoris Causa Summa Cum Laude». Consultado el 10 de octubre de 2012.
  17. ^ (16-08-2013). «La YMCA galardona a la Dra. María Luisa Piraquive Corredor, con el Doctorado Honoris Causa por su destacada labor profesional y social». Consultado el 19 de agosto de 2013.
  18. ^ Fundación María Luisa de Moreno. «Dra. María Luisa Piraquive recibe premio iberoamericano a la excelencia educativa por proyecto de discapacidad». Consultado el 28 de agosto de 2014.
  19. ^ blu radio. "Así sería el complot entre exintegrantes que puso a los Piraquive en la mira". Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  20. ^ Revista Semana Newspaper (November 11, 2006). "Me expulsaron de la iglesia por ser gay" (in Spanish). Retrieved February 25, 2014. 
  21. ^ RCN La Radio. "Habla el hijo de la pastora María Luisa Piraquive". Archived from the original on December 20, 2014. 
  22. ^ a b
  23. ^ Blu Radio (28 January 2014). "Gloria Díaz defiende a María Luisa Piraquive y al Mira: "es un video editado"". 
  24. ^ El Tiempo Newspaper (January 17, 2014). ""Gobierno no va a tomar partido frente al debate" de las iglesias" (in Spanish). Retrieved February 25, 2014. 
  25. ^
  26. ^ a b
  27. ^ * Piraquive, María Luisa (2007). Vivencias. Church of God Ministry of Jesus Christ International. ISBN 978-958-44-2472-3. 

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Preceded by
Luis Eduardo Moreno
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Ministry of the Church of God Ministry of Jesus Christ International

Succeeded by


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