Hispanic Baptists elect first woman president

Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas officers are (left to right) First Vice President Juan Antonio Gamiochipi, President Bea Mesquais, Secretary Leonardo Díaz and Second Vice President Bulmaro Luna. (PHOTO/Robert Rogers/Baylor University)

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SAN ANTONIO—The Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas elected Bea Mesquias, a member of United Baptist Church in Harlingen, as president. She became the first woman to hold the office in the convention’s 103-year history.

The election required two rounds of voting. The first—a race between Daniel “Tiny” Dominguez, incumbent president of the Hispanic Baptist Convention;  Mesquias; and Manuel Rios, pastor of Iglesia Bautista Monte Calvario in San Antonio—did not result in a clear majority. In the runoff with Rios, Mesquias won with 100-97.

Mesquias has served on the boards of the Woman’s Missionary Union of Texas, Corpus Christi Baptist Association, Baptist University of the Américas and several other organizations.

During her four years as president of Hispanic Woman’s Missionary Union of Texas, attendance at the group’s annual meeting meeting grew significantly. She also initiated several new ministries, including a prayer retreat with attendance of more than 1,300 people since its 2008 inception and Una Noche Con El Rey, a women’s conference held throughout Texas.

Other officers are: first vice president, Juan Antonio Gamiochipi, pastor of Primera Iglesia Bautista in Alief; second vice president, Bulmaro Luna, pastor of Iglesia Cristiana Bautista Peniel in Houston; and secretary, Leonardo Díaz, pastor of Primera Iglesia Bautista in Hitchcock.


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