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National Education Assembly in Peru

(Peru CNSAM). The Library of Nazarene Theological Seminary of Chiclayo, Peru was where it was chosen to hold the Annual Assembly of the National Board of Theological Education for the Church of the Nazarene in the Peru Field.

The assembly took place November 28 and 29, 2012 and was led by the current president, Rev. Ricardo Rodriguez. The District Superintendents and the lay delegates chosen by their respective District Assemblies were in attendance. In the said meeting reports from the Rector of the Nazarene Theological Seminary of Chiclayo, the Director of the Nazarene Biblical Institute of Nuevo Horizonte, Bagua and the Vice Presidents of the two Nazarene Theological Education Institutions in Peru were received.

There were two points of major relevance in this assembly. First was the reelection of Dr. Evelio Vasquez Malca as Rector of the Theological Seminary for a span of two years (2013-2014), receiving a majority vote of support from the National Board. Second, it was approved that the Nazarene Theological Seminary and the Nazarene Biblical Institute will be only one Theological Education Institution called Nazarene Theological Seminary of Peru (Seminario Nazareno del Peru) with its main headquarters in the city of Chiclayo, Region Lambayeque and a campus in Nuevo Horizonte, Bagua. It was approved unanimously. All attendants felt that this agreement is one of the more significant in the history of Theological Education in Peru, leaving open the possibility of recognizing other campuses in different cities of Peru.

The assembly was attended by the Global Commissioner of Theological Education, Dr. Dan Coop; the South American Regional Director, Dr. Christian Sarmiento; the Field Strategy Coordinator for the Peru Field, Rev. Segundo Rimarachin and the President of AIN, Rev. Oscar Medina.

The president of the Assembly showed his appreciation for the calm atmosphere, tolerance and mutual respect in the decision-making process.

The Rector, Dr. Evelio Vasquez, said the renewed confidence of the members present and those voting in the National Board of Theological Education gave him great motivation to continue developing the Seminary to fulfill its noble purpose for which it was created, to train and equip those called by the Lord to ministry.

Source: Oscar Suarez Becerra, Peru Field National Communications Coordinator.
Translator: Cindy Downey.

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