AMERICA’S LARGEST HISPANIC CHRISTIAN ORGANIZATION APPOINTS DR. AGUSTIN REYES as CHAIRMAN of THE EDUCATIONAL DIRECTIVE
The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (www.NHCLC.org
), also known as The Hispanic National Association of Evangelicals, announced today the appointment of Dr. Agustin Reyes as Chairman of their Educational Directive.
Dr. Gus Reyes serves as the Director of the Hispanic Education Initiative/Affinity Ministries for the Baptist General Convention of Texas. In 2001, Dr. Reyes began serving Texas Baptists (www.texasbaptists.org
) as the Ethnic Evangelism Consultant. Later, he assumed roles as the Director of the Service Center, followed by serving as the Director of Congregational Relationships. Prior to joining Texas Baptists, Dr. Reyes served as Youth Ministry Consultant and served as Director in various departments of the Church Growth Group including: marketing, customer service, and sales at LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville, Tennessee.
“It is one of my passions in life to develop strategies to encourage Hispanic students to reach their educational goals. These strategies impact and integrate relationships between students, parents, pastors, and church as well as community leaders,” explained Dr. Reyes author of “100 + Stories of Hope.” “This resource encourages students to trust God for help in overcoming educational obstacles,” declared Reyes.
Research indicates that Hispanic students make up 38.6 percent of U.S. college dropouts, although they represent only 15.1 percent of the total population. In addition just one-in-ten Hispanic high school dropouts has a General Educational Development (GED) credential, widely regarded as the best “second chance” pathway to college and vocational training for adults who have not graduated from high school. Some 41 percent of Hispanics ages 20 and older in the United States do not have a high school diploma.
“The most urgent challenge for the American educational system has a Hispanic face. Hispanics are the largest and most rapidly growing ethnic minority in the country, but academically they are lagging dangerously behind,” explained Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, NHCLC President.
Accordingly, the Alliance for Hispanic Christian Education, a subsidiary of the NHCLC was formed in 2005 to address the educational disparity via the engagement of the Hispanic Evangelical Church. The Alliance held its first national summit in October 2010 at Regent University. Subsequently, the Alliance presented a number of objectives aiming towards the year 2015. The objectives outlined include: increase Hispanic high school and Hispanic college graduation rates by 50 percent; achieve 25 percent Hispanic enrollment in Christian colleges and universities; build a one-million dollar annual Hispanic Christian scholarship fund; get Christian colleges to commit to allocate scholarships specifically for Hispanic students and assist in the formation of Hispanic centers on Christian college and university campuses nationwide.
Rodriguez added, “We have a three prong strategy in order to achieve our goal. First, the work of the Alliance, second, the establishment of Jesse Miranda Centers and third, the able leadership of Dr. Gus Reyes. Gus is one of the most passionate Christian leaders I know with a commitment to educating the next generation in the Hispanic community that stands second to none.”
Dr. Gus Reyes, a 25-year youth ministry veteran, also serves as the bi-vocational Pastor of Primera Iglesia Bautista, Dallas, Texas. He is a co-writer with Dr. Richard Ross of “30 Days, Turning the Hearts of Parents and Teens towards Each Other.” He holds a BBA from University of Texas at Austin, an MBA from Angelo State University and MRE and PhD degrees in Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Reyes and his wife Leticia have been married for 32 years and have three married children and four grandchildren.For more information on the NHCLC please go to www.nhclc.org
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The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference is the Hispanic National Association of Evangelicals unifying, serving and representing the Hispanic Born Again Community via 30,454 member churches and 16 million constituents by reconciling the vertical and horizontal of the Christian Message through the 7 Directives of Life, Family, Great Commission, Stewardship, Justice, Education and Youth.