Hispanic Graduates Celebrate ‘Epic and Historic’ Commencement at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary president Jason K. Allen (center) poses with some of the students and leaders in the seminary’s Hispanic program. Submitted photo

Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MBTS) celebrated a milestone during its 66th Commencement Ceremony Dec. 6 as 29 Spanish-speaking church planters earned their Church Planting Certificates, and two of those graduates also received a master’s in Theological Studies with an emphasis in Pastoral Ministry from the school’s Spanish Language program.

“What happened today is epic and historic. The pilot program is no longer a pilot,” said Felix Cabrera, assistant professor of pastoral ministry and Spanish church relations coordinator. “Ministerial experience combined with theological education is an ideal scenario for these pastors who serve in the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Mexico, Paraguay, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico.”

“As an institution with over 4,000 students, we are teeming with significant joy over the growth and essential nature of our Hispanic language program at Midwestern Seminary,” said Midwestern president Jason Allen.

“God has brought our Hispanic program over the past 10 years from conception to now graduating in substantial numbers each year a new generation of Hispanic ministers serving churches in North America and far beyond.

“I rejoice in God’s favor on this program and look toward the future with added optimism and anticipation of what the Lord will do through these graduates.”

Cabrera, also executive director of the Convention of Southern Baptist Churches in Puerto Rico, helped pioneer the certificate program in 2017 with the vision of reaching the Hispanic community with theological education.

Midwestern also offers a master’s in theological studies and a doctorate in ministry that is available fully online and recently became accredited by the Association of Theological Schools.

“Historically the accreditation requirement requires that a part of the program be done in-country,” said Rodney Harrison, MBTS dean of post-graduate studies, distance education and effectiveness and professor of Christian education.

The ATS accreditation makes it possible for international students to receive their doctorate degree without leaving their home country.

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Source: Baptist Press