The academic and professional journey of Alfa Orellana reflects BUA’s commitment to cultivating servant leaders who can reflect Christ in everything they do. Originally from Montemorelos, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, Ms. Orellana grew up in the multicultural society of San Antonio. Married to her husband Adan, with two children, Hannah and Samuel, Ms. Orellana is a devoted Christian, BUA alum, and currently serves as BUA’s Registrar.

Recalling her educational pursuits, Orellana recounted her initial foray into culinary arts and music studies before finding her way to BUA. After obtaining her Associate of Arts in Music from another institution, Ms. Orellana felt a calling to further her education. Unsure of God’s plan for her life at that moment, she sought guidance and found BUA through prayer and research. “With my friends and family’s support and, most of all, praying for God’s guidance, I went to Google and searched for an affordable and biblical college, and BUA popped up. I emailed Mrs. Ranjel and scheduled a campus tour, and I immediately fell in love with the environment and the people here,” Ms. Orellana stated.

She added, “everyone was so welcoming and made me feel like I was a part of something great, even though I had no idea what that ‘great’ meant for me at that time.” Enrolling in the Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies, she discovered her passion for higher education leadership. She said, “BUA opened doors for me that pushed me out of my comfort zone, and became the best version of myself.”

Throughout her tenure at BUA, Orellana has seized every opportunity to immerse herself in diverse experiences, from volunteering with local ministries to participating in cross-cultural leadership programs. Initially working part-time for President Abraham Jaquez, Ms. Orellana is currently BUA’s Registrar, while she pursues her Master of Arts degree in Practical Theology and Ministry, where she will be graduating this May. With a heart for teaching and a desire to share her knowledge and experiences, she envisions herself making a meaningful impact as a teacher or university professor.


“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4

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