During the semester, every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:00 a.m. till noon we have a Chapel service.
Chapel is a time for our students, faculty, and staff to reflect during our busy weeks, and the services are open for the public as well.

Chapel Attendance

To graduate, every student must present a certificate of chapel attendance with at least 85% attendance each semester. Chapel attendance will be recorded weekly through the use of the Chapel Student Attendance sign-in sheet.


Chapel Podcasts

February 4, 2014


He has served as president since 2007 at BUA, a BGCT-related institution in San Antonio committed to training cross-cultural Christian leaders in a Hispanic context. About 250 students are enrolled in the school’s baccalaureate degree programs, and 500 are involved in diploma programs through Baptist Bible Institutes, primarily along the Texas/Mexico border.

Previously, Maciel was assistant dean of Baylor University’s Truett Theological Seminary. He also served as an administrator at New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home in Portales, N.M.

He earned his undergraduate degree from Hardin-Simmons University and his master’s degree in higher education administration from Baylor University, and he later served in administrative positions at both schools.

“I am a product of Texas Baptist institutions, and I believe in the work of Texas Baptists,” he said. “I believe we have good days ahead in Texas Baptist life, as we seek to share the gospel with so many people groups in so many languages in our state.”

Maciel leads music and worship at First Baptist Church in Castroville, and he served the church previously as volunteer youth minister.

“I love the church, and I would love for Texas Baptists to make sure that all our churches are healthy churches,” he said. “I would like to see us do more to help pastors, other ministers, deacons and all church leaders.”

He and his wife, Sabrina, have two daughters—Brianna, an elementary school teacher in Belton, and Carmen, a junior at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.

February 6, 2014



Senior Pastor

Married to the former Dr. Cecil Gonzalez of Iloilo City, they have one daughter, Faith Alexine, born in 1997.

Graduated from Central Philippine University in 1988 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology, and a Master of Divinity from Asian Theological Seminary in 1991. In 2004, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky conferred to Pastor Dagohoy, the Degree of Doctorate in Ministry.

On December 14, 1994, he accepted the invitation to serve as Associate and Youth Pastor and became the Senior Pastor in summer of 1997.

Before joining First Philippine Baptist Church, he was the Chaplain and Associate Pastor of the University Church of Central Philippine University in Iloilo, Philippines.

February 13, 2014


“Dr. Jeff” is very active in the Texas Baptist community. He currently serves as President of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.  He has served as a minister for over 30 years both full time and bi-vocationally.  He previously pastored churches in Oklahoma and Texas. Previous to First Baptist Commerce he was the senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Del Rio, Texas.  Additionally he remains active in Texas-Mexico border issues as director of the Center for Borderland Research and Outreach.

Dr. Jeff is originally from Mississippi. He married Molly Floyd Johnson of Whitewright over three decades ago after they met while attending Texas A&M University in College Station. All three of his children, Lori, Sara, and Julie have left the nest.  Lori works for Texas A&M in College Station.  Sara is a professional singer-song writer.  Julie is currently a student senior at TAMU-College Station.

An undergraduate in Business Administration, Dr. Johnson went on to receive advanced degrees and additional study from Baptist Theological Seminary, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Duke Divinity School, Yale’s Berkley Divinity School, The Center for Jewish-Christian studies and the Center for Congregational Health.

His writing and leadership presentations include Revelations from the Revelation and When Generations Collide at the Foot of the CrossPreaching in a Post 9-11 Post Modern WorldDealing with Congregational Depression and Grief: A Supportive ApproachGreat Questions of the Bible; Am I My Brother’s Keeper? Dr. Jeff enjoys spending time with family, yard work, growing fruit trees, and travel.  His favorite movies include Matilda, Cool Hand Luke, Holes, and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

February 25, 2014

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Pastor Oscar D. Epps, Sr. is the founder and senior pastor of Community Missionary Baptist Church of DeSoto. After beginning in his home with ten members in 1993, God has grown the “Community Family” to over 2,500 members and a worship facility of over 50,000 square feet. He has been preaching the Gospel for well over 20 years and is truly a servant of The Lord. He received his four-year diploma from Southern Bible Institute in Biblical Studies as well as earning a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Counseling. Being a former police officer himself, Pastor Epps currently serves as Chaplain for the DeSoto Police Department, the first African-American to hold this position. Pastor Epps is married to his childhood sweetheart, Belenthia and are the proud parents of three children: Destany, Oscar II and Aderius.

February 27, 2014


Nora O. Lozano, a Mexican born, is Associate Professor of Theological Studies at Baptist
University of the Américas in San Antonio, TX. She received her Ph.D. in Religious and
Theological Studies at Drew University, Madison, NJ, her M.Div. at Eastern Baptist Theological
Seminary, now Palmer Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA, and her BA in Social
Communications at the Universidad Regiomontana in Monterrey, Mexico. Her academic
interests are centered in the areas of systematic, Hispanic, Latin American, and women’s

Lozano is co-founder and co-director of the Latina Leadership Institute. The work of the
Institute is devoted to the discovery, development, nurturance, and empowerment of women
leaders from a Latina perspective to be transformational agents in church and community
settings. The Institute provides educational and network opportunities for Latina women, and
offers a three year certificate in Latina Leadership Studies.

She is also a member of the Theological Study and Reflection group of the Baptist World
Alliance, as well as a member of a worldwide delegation of ten Baptist theologians, representing
the BWA Study and Research Division, that holds yearly theological conversations with the
Catholic Church (Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity) in order to find ways
to understand each other better and to promote collaboration in issues of social justice and religious freedom.

March 4, 2014


Dr. Alan Lefever earned a Bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and an M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. His area of expertise is Baptist history, particularly Texas Baptist history. As a Certified Archivist as well as a Baptist historian, Lefever has over 20 years experience in archival work, including document restoration and preservation. Dr. Lefever is an established author and contributor to several books, articles and reviews, and presents his expertise in archiving the history and heritage of Texas Baptists through the state. Dr. Lefever is the Director of the Texas Baptist Historical Collection (since 1991) and has been an Adjunct Professor here at Truett Seminary since 2000.

March 18, 2014


March 20, 2014


Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Cleto Rodriguez is living his lifelong dream of becoming an elite stand-up comedian.

Rodriguez has been performing since 1995 and has worked with comedians George Lopez, Carlos Mencia, Daniel Tosh, Wayne Brady, Brett Butler, Tim Hawkins and Bob Smiley. He has even opened for living legend B.B. King.

Rodriguez performs nationwide in comedy clubs, corporations, colleges and churches. He was chosen as the comedian for the 2008 Promise Keepers events in seven U.S. cities.

Rodriguez connects with audiences by relating everyday life experiences. Anything and everything is fair game, from marriage mishaps to the challenges of dieting. His comedy is high-energy, observational and hilarious with a brilliant Latino twist.

He has strong San Antonio roots going back to his grandfather, San Antonio native Cleto Rodriguez I, who was one of Texas’ first Congressional Medal of Honor winners. Rodriguez also contributes his time and talents to the community by helping raise money for disadvantaged youth and the homeless.

March 25, 2014



April 1, 2014


I was born in 1965 in Mexico City (DF) where my parents had felt called to do evangelistic and discipleship work with the students at the University of Mexico. I was a toddler when I had my first experiences with guerilla-style student protests and with the Olympiads (1968 at the Aztec Stadium). My father, Carlos Julio Guarneri, was born in Monterrey, studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nuevo Leon and was converted from Roman Catholicism through a student movement led by an independent Anglo missionary (Emil Aanderud) and by a Baptist teacher (Mariluz Gutierrez). He surrendered to the ministry and was prepared for it by intense one-on-one discipleship with Bro. Aanderud. My mother, Elizabeth Martinez, was born in a town near Monterrey, graduated as an early childhood educator; having grown up Presbyterian, she was involved in the student movement and was hired as a missionary by Bro. Aanderud’s mission. My parents married on April 1st 1964 and moved to Mexico City where I was born.

After five years, my parents moved back to Monterrey in order to continue working with students and in order to plant a house church. It was at this house church at the age of 7 that I made a clear commitment to trust in Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior under the leadership of my mom who was teaching the Children’s Bible class. Children’s Bible classes, Vacation Bible School, Bible Clubs, the life of the congregation and late-night college student fellowships at my home were all part of my formation as a young believer. I was baptized by my father at the age of 12 in a river about 1 hour north of Monterrey where our congregation would have a day of celebration outdoors.

Shortly after I was baptized, I went to Mexico City with my parents for a missions conference. At that conference Mexican believers were encouraged to leave Mexico and be missionaries to another country. My dad felt that call was for us. The options were Argentina, California or Texas. After prayer and deliberation, the decision was made for Texas. In 1978, we sold most of our belongings and moved to Edinburg, Texas. Though my father’s initial plan was to plant house churches to reach Hispanics for Christ, he ended up pastoring established Hispanic Baptist churches. He supplied the pulpit at various Hispanic Baptist churches in the Rio Grande Valley and eventually was called to pastor the Primera Iglesia Bautista in Beeville, Texas. It was through this church that I was introduced to the “big 3 C’s:” Convencion, Congreso and Campamento. From age 10 until about this time (age 15) I really felt distanced from God, hung out with the wrong crowd and experienced a period of rebellion and disillusionment which ended up in a reaffirmation of Christ’s lordship on my life. If Ellis’ biggest sin was chasing cheerleaders, then he’s a saint compared to me but I won’t go into that here. It was at Congreso 82 in Houston that I surrendered to God’s call on my life for vocational ministry. In 1983, my dad accepted the call to pastor Calvary Baptist Church in Freer, Texas. That was my senior year in High School. In May of 1984, I graduated from Freer High School and was licensed to the ministry by First Baptist Church of Freer. That summer, at youth camp, I would meet Monica Soria, who would later become my bride. (Actually, I had met Monica 2 years earlier but that’s another story). Later that year, my dad accepted the call to pastor the Hispanic department of Parkdale Baptist Church in Corpus Christi. Calvary mission of Freer asked me to stay as their pastor. So began my vocational ministry, attending college in Corpus Christi and commuting on the weekends to Freer.

I was later called to be the youth minister of Calallen Baptist Church in Corpus Christi (an Anglo congregation). It was during my ministry there that I married Monica. Monica’s father, Jose Isaac Soria, was a bivocational pastor of Hispanic Baptist churches and a Spanish teacher at Robstown High School. In addition to these churches (Primera Odem; Primera, Rockport; Primera, Sinton, etc., etc.), Monica and her parents, (Diana Munoz Soria is her mother) were members of Primera, Corpus Christi; Segunda, Corpus Christi and El Mesias, Corpus Christi.

Subsequently, I pastored Primera Iglesia Bautista in Taft, Texas; planted the Shalom Baptist Mission in Corpus Christi under the sponsorship of Iglesia Bautista Mesias (Salvador Cervantes was the pastor; it was this church that ordained me to the ministry); and served as minister of education and youth at the Segunda Iglesia Bautista in Corpus Christi, before coming to Iglesia Bautista Getsemani in Fort Worth (A.E.; “after Ellis”), where I have been for the last 14 years.

I graduated from Texas A&I (now A&M) University (Kingsville, Texas) with a Bachelor in Secondary Education in 1990 and from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Fort Worth, Texas) with a Master of Arts in Religious Education in 1998. I am currently at the end of my third year in the Ph D in Leadership Studies program at Dallas Baptist University.

Monica, who has been my wife and companion, graduated from the same university as I with a Bachelor in Elementary Education and from Texas A&M in Corpus Christi (formerly CCSU) with a Master in Mid-Management. She has been a school teacher, housewife, and ministry companion. Together we are parents to Joshua (21), a junior at Dallas Baptist University; Rachel (13), a 7th grader tennis player; Mia (10), a 5th grader who loves cheerleading; and Stevan (8) a 3rd grader who is a die-hard Star Wars aficionado. Our two male English pointers, Canelo and Espresso, keep us on our toes also.

I thank God for my family and for the opportunity to serve him in our church which has really been a second family to us.

Beyond the local church, I have been part of a couple of exciting groups: LeadersEdge, TarrantNet and Plaza Global. These have to do with sharpening leaders with a vision to transform their community and their world.

April 3, 2014

ellisRobert R. Ellis, Ph.D.

Bachelor’s ~ Religion ~ Hardin-Simmons University ~ 1977
Master’s ~ M. Div ~ Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary ~ 1981
Doctorate ~ Ph.D. in Old Testament ~ Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary ~ 1988

Dr. Ellis’ teaching career began at HSU in 1984. He joined the faculty of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth in 1986, and then returned to HSU as part of the Logsdon faculty in 1996. Before teaching at these institutions, he served as the pastor of Forestburg Baptist Church in Forestburg, Texas. Dr. Ellis has published a biblical Hebrew Grammar and numerous articles for books, journals, and periodicals. He currently serves as the book review editor for the Review & Expositor and on the Dean’s Council of the Vocational Theological Education Council of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Dr. Ellis often serves as a preacher and Bible conference speaker and has been involved in several international ministry settings through theological education, church ministry, and theological dialogue, including Brazil, Romania, England, Nigeria, and China.


April 10, 2014


The SonShine Singers are a lively, loving group of singers and dancers in San Antonio, Texas, who bring God’s love to nursing home patients throughout the year. We have learned that sharing smiles and hugs, singing and laughter not only brightens the day for the patients but brings us great joy as well.

We present a musical show which includes secular music like Broadway show tunes, a sing-along with the audience, heart-touching gospel music, and finally a flag-waving, all-American patriotic section. All of this is completely choreographed and is lavish with costumes.

SonShine Singers can also be found entertaining church, community and military groups in the area, sharing the love and joy of  Christ. They have traveled up and down both coasts of the United States, throughout the SouthEast, and to the east and west of Canada. The only thing that we require is a heart filled with love for all of God’s children.

April 15, 2014

Holy Week Chapel

May 6, 2014

Chapel: Music/Commissioning Serv.