Belterra Park is a horse racing track located in Hamilton County, near Cincinnati, Ohio. Sitting right next to the banks of the Ohio River, the track has a rich racing legacy, having originally opened in 1925 as the Coney Island Race Track. The track later became River Downs, and in recent years was renamed, Belterra Park.
Pável serves as chaplain at both Turfway Park and Belterra Park in the greater Cincinnati area. He offers a ministry of presence on the backside, touching lives for the gospel. Before coming to Erlanger Baptist Church in 2015, he pastored Hispanic congregations in Arkansas and Mississippi while enrolled in college and seminary. Currently, he is working toward a doctorate in mission theology. He is a naturalized citizen, originally from Lima, Perú. He met his wife, Leah, while helping American churches to prepare for mission trips in South America. They have two young children, which leaves him with little time to practice guitar and play soccer.
The Chaplaincy relies on volunteers and donations to support its good work. The annual "Race for Grace" event is also an important source of ongoing financial support for the chaplains' outreach and ministry. This fundraising dinner—held every year the Monday evening before the Kentucky Derby—is supported by retired Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day, who is actively involved in the chaplaincy's work.