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Carlos & Lori Montoya

Carlos is a Professor at MEDA in Honduras and a Pastor of Bethany Baptist in Honduras.

Carlos was raised in a Christian home. His parents were missionaries, involved in radio ministry in Bonaire, a Caribbean island. His father, Samuel Montoya, was the Spanish voice for the J. Vernon McGee radio ministry.

carlos-and-lori-montoyaDespite the advantage of consistently hearing good teaching as a child and frequently renewing his commitment of faith, by the time he was an older teenager, he was living hypocritically – saying one thing, but allowing friends and pleasures to control his life.

It was in college that several fellow students, who were active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, confronted him with awareness that freedom in Christ is freedom to love and obey Christ by God’s grace. He felt God challenge him to decide whether he was truly going to serve God or himself.

After Carlos left for college and got serious about following Christ, he remembered a godly person, Lori, whom he had first met in his church youth group in North Carolina. While Carlos was at Chapel Hill pursuing a degree in Computer Science and watching Michael Jordan play college basketball, Lori finished high school and then attended Bryan College in Tennessee. They maintained a long distance relationship.

After Chapel Hill, Carlos moved on to Dallas Seminary for a Masters in Biblical Studies. Two years later, in 1989, when he graduated from Dallas, and Lori graduated from Bryan, they got married and began to work and pay off school loans.

Carlos went to work for U.S. Airways using his computer skills and became involved in the local church. He participated in outreach to international students and also preached in a small rural church.

During this seven year period, these ministries showed him that his lack of Greek and Hebrew language, knowledge, and skills was limiting his ability to preach and teach the Bible. He had investigated acquiring those language skills at The Master’s Seminary a couple years after they were married, but costs prevented him from attending then.

A trip to Romania in 1995 provided a missions experience for the family. Then, in 1997, Carlos got a transfer to Los Angeles with U.S. Airways and began to attend The Master’s Seminary for his training in biblical languages. Three years later, after finishing at Master’s, the family began looking for where God wanted them to serve.

A friend of the family referred Carlos to MEDA (Ministerios Evangelicos De las Americas) in Honduras. The facilities had been built in 1998, and the school was inaugurated in 2000. January 2001 saw the Montoya family in Honduras.

In 2002, they began their conference ministry that now reaches approximately one hundred pastors and church leaders each month. In 2006, the school officially became a seminary called SEPE (Seminary for Expository Preaching), and the first graduation was held in December 2008 with 12 men receiving degrees and certificates.

The March 2009 enrollment at the seminary reached 27, and two distance-learning institutes were begun that year, leveraging the monthly conference ministry. About 20 men have applied to study in the Institute for Pastoral Ministries and 30 women to study in the Institute for Women’s Ministries. These people plan to complete 12 conferences in two years and take additional study material home with them to complete and mail back to the school between conferences.

Carlos serves as president of MEDA, as well as a professor. He and Lori have seven children between the ages of two and 17.