Seminary gets new name, new president
___By Ken Camp
___Texas Baptist Communications
___SAN ANTONIO--Trustees of Hispanic Baptist Theological Seminary in San Antonio approved a name change for the school June 22 and elected an El Paso pastor as president.
___The trustees voted to rename the institution "Hispanic Baptist Theological School." Texas law required the name change since the school is not accredited. The new name becomes official when it is registered with the state Attorney General's office.
___The board unanimously elected Albert Reyes, founding pastor of Pueblo Nuevo Community Church in El Paso, as the school's sixth president. Reyes assumes the office Aug. 1, according to Charles Lee Williamson, interim president. He succeeds Omar Pachecano, who retired from the post in January.
___"The presidential search committee listened to many Hispanic Baptists throughout the state in producing a profile for the next president. After reviewing a number of resumes and speaking to a number of candidates, Dr. Reyes was the best qualified and best fit the profile," said Mario Ramos, chairman of the board of trustees and pastor of Harlandale Baptist Church in San Antonio.
___Reyes, 40, has served as senior pastor of the innovative El Paso congregation since 1992. Previously, the Corpus Christi native was pastor of United in Christ Baptist Church and Iglesia Bautista Alfa, both in Dallas.
___He earned a bachelor of business administration degree from Angelo State University in San Angelo and the master of divinity and doctor of ministry in missiology degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. He has done post-graduate study at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, Calif.
___Reyes has served as an adjunct professor and academic consultant at Hispanic Baptist Theological Seminary, as adjunct instructor at Howard Payne University-El Paso, and as lecturer at Baylor University's George W. Truett Theological Seminary in Waco.
___He was founding director of El Paso Baptist Association's Borderland Leadership Center, director of Hispanic Baptist Theological Seminary-El Paso and founding president of the Intercultural Leadership Network.
___He is a former trustee of Valley Baptist Academy in Harlingen and has served on numerous denominational committees.
___Reyes and his wife, Belinda, have three sons: Joshua, David and Thomas.
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