Nazarene Seminary of the Americas Celebrates the Annual Assembly

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On October 25, SENDAS celebrated the annual Assembly. During this meeting the Seminary President, Dr. Ruben Fernandez, shared with the Board of Trustees the reports from the different SENDAS departments and the achievements gained by the institution in the past year.

For this special occasion, there were many leaders present: The Regional Director for South America, Dr. Christian Sarmiento, who presided over the meetings; the Regional Educational Coordinator for South America and the Treasurer for the Association, Dr. Jorge Julca; the Superintendent of the Costa Rica North District, Rev. Johnny Calvo; and a Pastor from the Costa Rica Central district and the secretary for the Association, Rev. Sirlene Bustos.

In addition, there were new members of the Board who were recently elected at the Regional Advisory Board meetings. These new members include the following leaders: Patricia Rubio, representing the Mexico North district as a member at large; Rev. Maria Antonia Ponce, representing the CA-4 Area as a member at large; Gamaliel Antonio Grajales, representing the Mexico South Area as an Assembly member; and Paquita Bido, representing the Central Area as an Assembly member.

According to the data from the academic year 2012-2013, there were 309 educators in the list of professors who taught a total of 178 courses in 86 theological centers to 759 students (which represents an increase of 9%). Also, it is important to note that 89% of the students are members of the Church of the Nazarene and that 31% of them are pastors or have a call to pastor. During this year, SENDAS has continued to offer class on campus, but also the programs offered through different technologies have increased. There are 34 students that graduated at the end of the school year.

We give thanks to God because we know that He has permitted all of these achievements and our prayer is to continue training the largest number of minsters possible at the highest level of excellence for the expansion of the Kingdom of God.

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