President of IATS Addresses Ministers of ACUM

By Andrew Burrows

On Monday, September 10, 2012, Dr. Jaime Castrejon, president of the Inter-American Theological Seminary (IATS), addressed the ministers from the Atlantic Caribbean Union Mission (ACUM) on matters relating to IATS and their continued education.
The event, which was sponsored by the ministerial department of the union, was held at the union’s headquarters on Gladstone Road, New Providence. The pastors from the South Bahamas Conference were present at the venue while pastors from the North Bahamas Conference, the Cayman Islands Conference, and the Turks and Caicos Islands Mission joined in the session via Webex.

In his opening address, Dr. Castrejon gave a brief history of the IATS. He noted that the seed for IATS was planted as far back as 1979, when the ministerial department of Inter-American Division (IAD) offered courses for continuing education credits for its ministers. Today, IATS offers degree programs at 10 universities throughout the IAD.

During the question and answer period, Dr. Castrejon clarified that IATS received accreditation from the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) for seven years. This is the same organization that accredits Andrews University.

The pastors asked questions and offered comments on a number of areas including the length of the program, the admission process, virtual learning, and the cost of the program. At the end of the session, the ministers left with a greater understanding of the purpose and mission of IATS.

Dr. Castrejon was accompanied by his wife, Gloria, and the couple was celebrating their 49th wedding anniversary.

Pastor Leonard A. Johnson, president of ACUM and ministerial director, thanked Dr. Castrejon and wished him and his wife a happy wedding anniversary.