MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
I appeal to you, therefore, by the mercies of God, present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Paul, Romans 12:1-2
Welcome to the Inter-American Adventist Theological Seminary!
The Apostle Paul challenged his audience to be transformed and not to be conformed, which is a goal set for missional leaders in Inter-America. Paul's voice echoes in the classrooms of the Inter-American Adventist Theological Seminary millennia later, in the creative and scholarly environment that characterizes the IATS. We are called to present ourselves as living sacrifices in contexts, primarily in the Americas, where so many are obsessed with self-preservation and the imposition of their rights.
Each classroom of the Seminary is a leading community that generates change and transformation. Every hour one can witness visions being expanded, knowledge increased and limits challenged. The multi-site nature of the Seminary provides the opportunity to be exposed to diverse methods, faculty, and inter-cultural student interaction. Women and men, learn in their own cultural and national contexts that are as varied as the regions that they represent. The challenges in Mexico are unique, some of the experiences lived in Central America are particular, Colombia and Venezuela have experienced dramatic changes in the last few decades, while the Caribbean islands are extremely diverse.
The common need for Hope in humanity must be satisfied in particular ways, and the IATS graduates lives of witness and service are evidence that they can lead to everlasting Hope. Proclamation is central in the IATS. Well-grounded on Scriptural foundations, our graduates minister and disciple church members and the society at large toward biblical worship and an eschatological hope.
It's my prayer that you will experience the transformation of the Almighty in your Seminary experience. Blessings are upon you, grace and peace.
Dr. Efraín Velázquez II