“I am very passionate about educating God’s people,” says new adjunct professor, Miguel Paredes. “I am thankful for my students and community who have encouraged me and confirmed me in this calling.”

Professor Parades is no stranger to the classroom having taught high school math for the past 15 years. At the collegiate level, Professor Paredes has 8 years experience teaching for Wayland Baptist University both for their Certificate Program and at their Rio Grande Valley extension site. “I am an educator at heart, and I have a passion for training others for service to God,” shares Professor Paredes. “Dr. Marshall Johnston encouraged me to answer this calling at SCS. I am excited to continue equipping students for service to the church and community at SCS this fall.”

Born in Santiago, Chile, Professor Paredes lived in Salt Lake City before moving to Edinburg at the age of 9. He has lived in South Texas ever since then. “I came to faith in Christ at the age of 21,” he tells us. “After a tough season in life, I reached out to a Christian I knew from high school. He invited me to go to church with him, and I came to faith during an evening service. I later discovered that many people from the Baptist Student Ministry at the University of Texas-Pan American (now the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley) had started praying for my salvation even before I reached out to this friend.”

With his newfound faith, he completed his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from UTPA and continued on to earn his Master of Theology in Pastoral Leadership from Dallas Theological Seminary. “I am particularly interested in topics surrounding the original Greek text and Biblical Theology,” he says. “I also write books reviews on a variety of topics for The Valley Christian Magazine.”

You can find Professor Paredes spending time with his family and volunteering at his church when he is not teaching. He and his family are very close, and they are even training for American Ninja Warrior! SCS is very excited to welcome him into our familia, and we cannot wait to see the expertise and care he brings to our classrooms. Make sure you sign up to take Old Testament Survey with him this fall!