BUA inaugurates Jaquez as president

Abraham Jaquez speaks at his inauguration as 8th president of Baptist University of the Americas. (Photo / Isa Torres)

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SAN ANTONIO—Because of its past accomplishments, Baptist University of the Américas is “poised to do new things,” Abraham Jaquez said at his inauguration and formal installation as the school’s eighth president.

BUA has accepted the challenge to continue to provide education for men and women to serve congregations throughout Texas and around the world, Jaquez told participants at his March 2 inauguration at Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio.

Rolando Rodriguez (right), director of Hispanic ministries at the Baptist General Convention of Texas, prays for newly inaugurated Baptist University of the Americas president Abe Jaquez and his family—wife Kelly and children, Faith and Gabriel. Also joining in the prayer are BGCT Executive Director David Hardage (2nd from left) and Doug Diehl (2nd from right), pastor of Crossroads Baptist Church in San Antonio and chair of the BUA board of trustees. (Photo / Isa Torres)

“We will prepare biblical servant leaders who are ready to lead and serve in a cross-cultural environment,” he said. “That need for cross-cultural Hispanic Christian leadership is even greater today than it was yesterday, and it will be even greater in the years to come.”

Currently, 65 percent of Hispanic leaders in Texas Baptist churches are BUA graduates, he said.

“Our bridge must be paved with the mission of providing a holistic, cross-cultural education, founded on biblical principles for Hispanic men and women,” he said.

While the goal to provide theological education to a rising number of Hispanics in the state can be challenging, Jaquez said, he knows he can count on the support of Texas Baptist churches to achieve that goal.

“For the task before us we will clothe ourselves with humility, with understanding, and knowing that we serve the Almighty,” he said. “It’s a brand new day. Now, let us go and build that bridge.”

Since Jaquez accepted the role of BUA president last August, he has established a good relationship with the students and provided them a good model to follow, student Jason Martinez said.

“He shows that he really loves Christ,” Martinez noted.

The inauguration featured both local and denominational dignitaries, including state Rep. Thomas Uresti, San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg, Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas President Rolando Aguirre, Convención Executive Director Jesse Rincones and Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Director David Hardage.

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