GBHEM appoints David Martinez as Director of Specialized Theological Education

The Rev. David Martinez has been appointed director of Specialized Theological Education for the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.  Martinez, who currently serves as senior pastor at El Buen Samaritano United Methodist Church in Fort Worth, Tex., joined GBHEM on June 3.

Martinez will design and implement theological education programs to foster a new generation of racial/ethnic leaders committed to serve as ordained ministers in the UMC.  This includes managing the GBHEM/Latin American Biblical University Bachelor of Theology degree program for Hispanic/Latino/a  pastors seeking to complete their undergraduate educational requirements for conference membership.  Latin American Biblical University is in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Additionally, he will supervise the implementation of the GBHEM’s responsibilities for the National Plan for Hispanic/Latino/a Ministries in matters related to ministry and theological education, including the development of training grants.  And he will work with autonomous Methodist churches in Latin America and the Caribbean to create and implement theological education experiences for pastors and develop new contextual and online theological resources.

Martinez received his master’s degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and his B.A. in computer information systems from the University of Texas in Arlington.

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry is located in Nashville, TN.

To learn more about Rev. Martinez and the work of GBHEM, visit


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The Rev. Jay Voorhees is the Executive Editor of The United Methodist Reporter and the Chief Creative Officer for CircuitWriter Media LLC which operates this site and Jay is an ordained elder in the Tennessee Annual Conference. Jay has written on life and the practice of faith in The United Methodist Church at Only Wonder Understands since 2003.

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