EAST END – Julio Montalvo, president of the Seminario Teológico Bautista de Trujillo - Asociación Tom Cox (Baptist Theological Seminary of Trujillo, Peru, in Association with Tom Cox World Ministries), will speak at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 1, at East End Baptist Church in East End (southwest Little Rock).
Montalvo is currently serving his second consecutive term as the president of the Peruvian Baptist Convention.
"Among pastors he is known as a pastor to pastors. In the academic community is recognized as a leading scholar in biblical languages and biblical theology," according to Montalvo's biography.
"I am excited to hear about how God is at work in Peru and to hear the message from God's Word that Dr. Julio Montalvo will bring at East End Baptist Church. I know it will strengthen our understanding of how we, as one local church, are part of God's work through His church among the nations," said Doug Hibbard, pastor of East End Baptist.
The Baptist Theological Seminary of Trujillo Peru was started by the Southern Baptist Foreign Mission Board (now International Mission Board) in 1958. It is known as the premier Baptist Theological institution in Peru. In 1998, the seminary experienced a financial crisis and nearly had to close it’s doors. In 2000, the seminary entered into a partnership relationship with Tom Cox World Ministries (TCWM), which refurbished the campus and raised money to rehire the faculty; at which time Peruvian Baptists named Dr. Julio Montalvo the president of the seminary. TCWM provides ongoing strategy development and financial assistance.
Since 2000, the seminary has graduated it’s three largest classes of all time, launched Peru’s first School of Missions, and in November 2016 will grant its first missions degrees in Peruvian Baptist history. The seminary attracts students from Peru, Chile and Ecuador.
Montalvo and Peruvian Baptists are committed to raising up world-class indigenous pastors and Christian leaders to impact Peru, South America and the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Montalvo's biography states.
Since 1989, Montalvo served as pastor of The Resting Place Baptist Church in Peru.