Tacna Baptist Seminary – Fifteen Years On!

The part-time Baptist Seminary is situated in Tacna (a large, sprawling town near the border with Chile) and was established in 2000, two years after the full-time Seminary commenced in Moquegua.  There has, however, been a strong Bible teaching emphasis (TEE) for Baptist Missions in southern Peru since the 1970s. The Seminary continues to play a vital role in training future leaders for the churches and currently attracts around 100 part-time students.  John Brew (BM worker) gives more background to the work.

There had been several evening study institutes in the past, but they all ended due to the lack of teachers at certain times.  However, when the Baptist Seminary in Tacna began, it was led by Ken Scott, with a good group of both Peruvian and foreign teachers and a good administrative base.  As it has grown we have been able to add a Women’s Study Fellowship (firstly led by Jeannie Scott and now directed by Rosa Espinoza) and courses for pastors (directed by Silas Ramos).  In due course Ken and Jeannie returned to Ireland but there is still an active link with Ken who continues to supervise post graduate students enrolled with IBC and returns annually to teach at the Seminary.

Elizabeth Almanza is our administrator and, like Silas (Seminary Director), Elizabeth is one of our graduates.

God has blessed us with ‘fit for purpose’ buildings, and a strong infrastructure, as well as providing good teachers and administrative staff.  We give Him the praise and glory for allowing us to serve his churches here in Tacna and throughout south Peru.

SOLI DEO GLORIA!                                                                                   

John Brew

Seminario Evangélico Bautista del Sur del Perú