We at BtT wish to welcome Edgar Aponte to the Southeastern family. Mr. Aponte hails from the Dominican Republic and joins us as Director of Hispanic Leadership Development. In his new role at SEBTS, Mr. Aponte will work under John Ewart’s leadership as part of SEBTS’ Global Theological Initiatives.
Mr. Aponte will work with current and potential partners in the development of Spanish-language training initiatives. These initiatives will include partnerships with already-existing Hispanic ministries in the state and around the nation, the creation of Spanish-language courses for on-campus and distance learning students, and the creation of Spanish language certificate programs. He will act as a consultant for SEBTS’ Center for Great Commission Studies on projects involving Spanish-language ministry, and will coordinate with Mr. Walter Strickland (Special Advisor to the President on Diversity) for the purpose of promoting greater ethnic and cultural diversity in the SEBTS and SBC communities.
Mr. Aponte’s role is significant in the life of SEBTS. One of our institution-wide strategic goals is for SEBTS to reflect the Revelation 5 vision of a multi-lingual, multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, and multi-national community of worshipers. We pray for God to send us an increasingly multi-ethnic faculty, staff, and student body. Toward that end, we eagerly anticipate the soon-arrival of both Mr. Aponte and Mr. Strickland as they help us create an educational community that is maximally hospitable to learners from every walk of life, racial, ethnic, or cultural background.
Before coming to the United States, Mr. Aponte served as the Minister Counselor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Dominican Republic. As Minister Counselor, he served alongside the Ambassador Robert Saladin in coordinating the political relations between the Dominican Republic and the United States. Mr. Aponte will be working on his Ph.D. in Theological Studies, with a concentration in Systematic Theology, under the supervision of Dr. John Hammett. He holds a B.A. in Business Administration, a graduate degree in Corporate Finance, an M.B.A (Management), and an M.Div (Christian Ministry).