CHET Announces New Dean/Faculty Leader

COMPTON, CA (March 21, 2012) – Centro Hispano de Estudios Teologicos (CHET) has hired Manuel Valencia, an Evangelical Covenant Church pastor, to serve part-time as the new dean/faculty leader.

Valencia was hired due to the continued growth of the school, which serves as the Covenant’s Hispanic training center. Six hundred students currently are matriculating at the school. CHET also added to its satellite locations when it recently opened sites in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and La Villa, Texas.

Valencia’s duties include overseeing the satellite sites, serving faculty, and assisting with other administrative tasks.

Valencia brings a wealth of ministerial, academic, and managerial experience to the school. He planted Iglesia de la Gracia Covenant Church in Rialto, California, served a Presbyterian church, and did missionary work in Nicaragua.

He has been a professor at the Mexico Teachers College and San Pablo Seminary in Mexico City, and was an academic pedagogy assessor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He also has taught at CHET.

Valencia’s administrative work includes serving as the national project coordinator and facilitator of community development projects, as well as director of ecclesiastical relations and administrative service manager for World Vision Mexico.

Valencia is ordained with the Evangelical Covenant Church and holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary, a graduate teacher diploma from the Evangelical Training Association, and has earned a law degree from the Universidad de Mexico.

CHET currently has enough money to fund the position for six months. It is seeking additional donations to make the job a permanent part-time position.

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