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A place where Pastors and Church Leaders receive equipment and empowerment

Nestor proceeds the Latin American Intercultural Seminary. SEMILA offers a variety of educational programs that equip pastors and church leaders for Christ-centered and Spirit-filled ministries. The programs consists of a Bachelor in Pastoral Ministries, Certificate in Ministerial Studies, Certificate in Bible & Worship. The majority of the students are Quichua church leaders who come from small communities located in the highlands of the Andes Mountains.

Level III Degree Granting Institution

In January 2016, SEMILA was certified as a Church of God Level III Granting Institution, which means that their Bachelor degrees are recognized which means that our students can continue their studies on a Master level within the denomination. This is a huge blessing to the students. We congratulate the SEMILA staff, faculty, and Board of Directors for this achievement. Above all we thank God for this recognition. 

The International Board of SEMILA

From left tor right: Bishop Guillermo Vasconez (Panama), Elaine Douglas (Fort Mill, NC), Elba Perniciaro (COG Educational Director Ecuador), Jimmy Argüello (COG Supervisor Ecuador), Donata & Nestor Duque (Missionary Educators, President of SEMILA), Art Zimmer (Alaska, USA), Pastor Jaap van de Poll (Zwolle, The Netherlands)

"Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the Word of truth" 

2 Timothy 2:15

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  • Biblical & Ministerial Training
  • Contemporary & Contextualized Theology
  • Community
  • Empowerment
  • Advancing the Kingdom

"I came to SEMILA as an audit student, because I couldn't read nor write. Now, I finished my Certificate in Ministerial Studies and pastor a church in Huachi Grande."

Hna. Delia Guaspa

Pastora & Evangelist

"I thank God for SEMILA, where I received the right tools to improve my preaching and ministry. I walk 3 hours to take the bus to SEMILA"

Pastor Matias

Pastor in Marcopamba

"SEMILA is a tight-knit community and it is great to share, worship, and learn together. I discovered my passion for pastoral education and love to  coordinate the SEMILA programs in Quito."

Pastor Agustin Palomo

Pastor & SEMILA Extension Coordinator in Quito

Indigenous  Ministries: Nestor & Donata Duque

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