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Latino Network, Averett University Partner to Support the Certificado Program

Richmond, Va. – April 14, 2015 – The Latino Network of Virginia Baptists and Averett University announce that they have entered into a partnership in support of the Network’s Certificado en Formación Ministerial (Certificate in Ministry Formation), a one-year training program in Spanish for Latino congregational leaders in Virginia and beyond. The partnership will begin with the fall 2015 semester.

The Certificate offers 12 training modules concentrated in biblical and ministry studies. Since 2009, nearly 100 Latino church leaders at 10 sites around Virginia have graduated with the Certificate.

“Partnering with Averett University provides the Latino Network a strong educational partner with historic roots in Virginia Baptist life,” said Dr. Greg Smith, who directs the Certificate program. “Averett will not only help safeguard the academic integrity of the program, but also inject fresh thinking and lend the program a solid base to build upon as we move forward.”

“Averett University is excited to partner with the Latino Network and we are honored to be associated with the educational formation of tomorrow’s Latino ministers,” said Averett President Dr. Tiffany Franks. “Any time we have an opportunity to strengthen our ties with the wonderful Latino community and to support the inspiring global outreach of the Baptist General Association of Virginia, we are delighted to do so.”

Additionally, through the Baptist General Association of Virginia’s (BGAV) Panama partnership, the Latino Network introduced the program to Kuna Baptist leaders in 2013. The Certificate program also trains Latino leaders serving as sembradores (sowers) through the BGAV’s Semillas de Mostaza (Mustard Seed) initiative.

The Latino Network of Virginia Baptists is supported by the Baptist General Association of Virginia, Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Virginia, John Leland Center for Theological Studies, LUCHA Ministries, Network for Theological Education and Woman’s Missionary Union of Virginia.