Sena named Hispanic relations consultant

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Posted: Jun 24, 2014 4:52 PM
NASHVILLE (BP) -- Longtime evangelist and leader Bob Sena has been named Hispanic relations consultant to the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention, Executive Committee President Frank S. Page has announced.

Page appointed Sena in response to the final report of the Hispanic Advisory Council Page appointed in 2011. The report, presented to Page by council co-chairs Sena and Daniel Sanchez of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary during the council's final meeting in March, highlighted and detailed the rapid growth of Hispanics in every region of North America.

In his new position, Sena will work as a consultant in the office of convention advancement to represent Hispanic churches and promote the Cooperative Program. Ken Weathersby, Executive Committee vice president for convention advancement, welcomed Sena to the position.

"I am excited to have Dr. Bob Sena as a member of our team," Weathersby told Baptist Press. "He has a wealth of experiences and relationships in the SBC. It is our hope and desire that the Kingdom of God will be expanded because of his appointment. Please join me in prayer for him and his family."

Sena will work comprehensively in strengthening the participation of Hispanic churches in Southern Baptist life, Weathersby said.

"He will be responsible in assisting the Convention in building better relationships among Hispanics, promoting Cooperative Program and stewardship development among Hispanic churches, assisting in encouraging Hispanic leaders to serve on committees and trustee boards, and assisting in global evangelical relations within the Spanish speaking cultures in North America and around the world," Weathersby said.

Sena will continue as director of the Hispanic Doctor of Ministry program at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo. He retired in 2011 as director of the Church Planting Group of the Hispanic Resource Development and Equipping Team of the North American Mission Board and has served as a NAMB national Hispanic missionary.

His more than 50 years of leadership in Southern Baptist life include pastoring small and large Hispanic churches in Texas and Georgia, and working as a church planting missionary in New Mexico, as a national multi-ethnic evangelism consultant for NAMB when it was known as the Home Mission Board, and as a Hispanic evangelism associate in the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

Sena holds a bachelor's degree in religion from Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas; a Master of Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and a Doctor of Ministry from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, Calif.

Sena is a fourth-generation Hispanic born in the United States and a second-generation Southern Baptist. He has been married for 48 years to Priscilla (Urquidez) Sena.

Compiled by Diana Chandler, general assignment writer/editor for Baptist Press, the Southern Baptist Convention's news service. BP reports on missions, ministry and witness advanced through the Cooperative Program and on news related to Southern Baptists' concerns nationally and globally. Get Baptist Press headlines and breaking news on Twitter (@BaptistPress), Facebook (Facebook.com/BaptistPress) and in your email (baptistpress.com/SubscribeBP.asp).

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