"Preparing Leaders to Serve the Kingdom of God."
The Four Pillars of the SATS Vision
• Christ-centered spirituality that is committed to a life of service
• Ministries empowered by the Holy Spirit
• Mission in the service of the Kingdom of God
• Biblical, Christian, and Contextual Theology
In the pursuit of Christian excellence of mind, body, soul, and community, SATS' mission is to prepare leaders for service in the Kingdom of God. SATS therefore subscribes to a holistic vision of theology and missiology as it is outlined in the Lausanne Covenant.
The South American Theological Seminary was founded in 1994 by the Barro's brothers, Dr. Antonio Carlos Barro and Jorge Henrique Barro, with a vision to teach and practice theology in an interdenominational, ecumenical context. Also central to SATS´ founding vision was teaching a theology and missiology that took seriously its Latin American context and the theologies and ecclesiologies that have arisen from that context. Over its nearly 21-year history, SATS now has over 1.500 alumni serving churches, NGOs, and other Christian organizations in Brazil, Latin America, and around the world. SATS´ main campus is strategically located in the city of Londrina, Brazil (southwestern part of the country). Londrina is centrally located between Brazil´s largest cities of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro and other Latin American metropolis such as Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Lima, Peru.
SATS is accredited by the Brazilian Minister of Education to offers programs in Londrina and also outside Londrina trough online courses. The programs is for Bachelor and Master level, and also courses for lay people. Right now STAS has more than 1.500 students enrolled in all its programs. SATS also offers a Masters´ level course to Portuguese-speaking Africa in Maputo, Mozambique.
Rev. Dr. Jorge Barro
The relationship between SBPC and SATS started in 1996 when Rev. Dr. Paul Pierson (Presbyterian pastor) made the connections with Rev. Tom Theriault and Rev. Jorge Barro. Jorge came to Fuller in 1996 and finished his PhD. in Intercultural Students 1n 2001, when he returned to Brazil to join again STAS´ team.
Dr. Barro is the connection between SATS and SBPC. He is a Presbyterian Brazilian pastor since 1988, serving SATS´ from its beginning in 1994, as one the founders. He is also evaluator of the Brazilian Ministry of Education for Theology and is the actual president of Latin American Fellowship. Married to Denise Barro they have two sons, Peter and John. Now he is living in João Pessoa, southeast of Brazil where he is working to extend SATS´ course to the most poorest regions of Brazil, Nor and Northeast were the challenging of Theological Education is high.
SATS also has ongoing partnerships with the Salvation Army, Overseas Council, the Protestant Church of the Netherlands, and various churches throughout Latin America and North America.
You can visit SATS' webpage:
In English - http://www.satsbrazil.com
In Portuguese - www.ftsa.edu.br
Be in touch with Rev. Jorge Barro:
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook - www.facebook.com/jorge.h.barro.5