(Ecuador CNSAM) March 9, 2013, Rev. Fernando Almeida was elected as the new rector of the Nazarene Seminary of South America (STNS) in Quito, Ecuador.
STNS is one of the eight outstanding theological education institutions of the Church of the Nazarene on the South America Region. The seminary was started in 1990, and since then it has had eight directors: Wilfredo Canales, Ted Hughes, Brian Wilson, Christian Sarmiento, Luis Meza, David Wesley, Dwight Rich and Freddy Guerrero.
Rev. Fernando Almeida and his wife Liliana have been serving as global missionaries with the Church of the Nazarene since 2004. In 2011 they went to live in Quito, Ecuador and were assigned to STNS with duties in administration and instruction. They also served at a regional level with NMI and Mission Mobilization ministries.
Fernando was born on March 10, 1971, in Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal to a Nazarene family. He accepted Christ at the age of nine during a family service and received the call to preach at the age of 17. When he was 27 years old, he and his wife began to feel that God was directing them to missions. Fernando graduated with an Associates degree in Bible and Theology from the Portuguese Bible Institute (1991). Later he completed a Masters of Arts in Theology from the Nazarene Theological College in Manchester, England (2000) and an MBA in Church Administration from Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, ID (2009). He was ordained by the Church of the Nazarene by the District of Portugal in 1995.
Fernando and Liliana were married April 11, 1992, in Coimbra, Portugal. The Almeidas have two children, Nicole and André, and their local church is the Costa de Sol Church of the Nazarene in Portugal.
Source: Dwight Rich, North Andean Field Strategy Coordinator and Jorge Julca, Regional Theological Education Coordinator.
Translation: Jennifer Edgerton.