EL SEMINARIO TEOLOGICO PRESBITERIANO DEL SURESTE VILLAHERMOSA, TABASCO, MEXICO
The Presbyterian Church is growing very rapidly in this region. The state of Tabasco is very unusual for the country of Mexico, as the population of this state is predominately Protestant. The entire country is about 70% Catholic. Currently there are about 1000 churches in the Tabasco Synod, however, they only have about 200 trained pastors to serve these churches. Many pastors are responsible for 10 to 12 churches. This is why this seminary is so important and vital to this area. This is an approved project of the National Presbyterian Church of Mexico and The Outreach Foundation of the Presbyterian Church, USA.
In the year 2000, the seminary moved from a small site within the city of Villahermosa to the new site. This enabled the seminary to increase enrollment from 25 students to the current student body of 75. This project was started in 1993. It took 7 years to complete the first phase of construction to enable the seminary to move to its current location. Completed during the first stage of construction included: a large chapel that will seat 1500, 3 housing units for the President, the Administrator, and a guest house, a large water cistern, storage building, and two large 2 story dormitory buildings. The second phase of construction is now close to completion. A new library, kitchen, dining hall, computer lab, administrative offices, and several class rooms where completed during this second phase. The third and final stage of construction will involve upgrading the dormitory buildings and creating additional dorm rooms for students, an upgrade of the electrical grid on campus, and providing needed maintenance in several areas.
The scope of this project encompasses design, construction, student aid, medical assistance, agricultural assistance, landscaping, promotion and administrative consultation.
Work groups are welcome at the seminary and stay on campus. Cost for a one week stay at the seminary is around $ 500.00 per person plus airfare. Fees include cost of meals and any sightseeing activities. Also included is the cost of purchasing materials for work group activities while at the seminary. The cooks at the seminary are trained in preparing food for the Americans and bottled water is always used. Housing at the seminary is air-conditioned. Work activities involve various tasks: building construction, painting, grounds maintenance, and gardening. Part of the campus is devoted to agricultural use and the students are trained to grow crops. While at the seminary, in addition to work tasks, the work groups have the opportunity to fellowship and bond with the students. In the evenings, the groups visit various churches in the area to meet and develop a relationship with the church members.