Berea Presbyterian Seminary
in Chiapas, Mexico
About Our Partner
Ch’ol Synod of the National Presbyterian Church of Mexico
The Berea Presbyterian Theological Seminary is an institution of the Ch’ol Synod of the National Presbyterian Church of Mexico. It began in 1958 as a Bible School for the Ch’ol ethnic group. The Ch’ol language is one of many native languages used in the National Presbyterian Church of Mexico. Ch’ol people live in a very mountainous region north of Chiapas and are primarily dependent on corn, coffee and temporary migrant work in various cities. The Bible School was upgraded to a seminary (pastoral preparation) in June 2014 to train pastors for their own churches because many of those that were sent away to other cities for training did not return. The Antioch Partners and Outreach missionary Don Wehmeyer teaches some courses at Berea Presbyterian Seminary.
The Seminary started for Ch’ol speaking people because the church realized that many students sent away to school never returned as they were immediately offered pastoral positions in the cities where they were studying. Berea Presbyterian Seminary offers a bachelor’s degree in either Theology or Music. The seminary will help the church retain the trained pastors in Berea for the Ch’ol speaking church.
The Outreach Foundation is seeking gifts totaling $5,000 for repairs needed for the seminary and some scholarships.