During their August 23-24 board meeting, International Mission Board (IMB) trustees announced Edgar Aponte, director of Hispanic leadership development at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS), as the IMB’s new vice president of mobilization in late fall.
“Edgar Aponte is an incredibly talented man of God. The Lord has blessed him with a wide range of abilities and talents,” said SEBTS President Danny Akin. “This is a sad day for Southeastern and me personally. However, it is a great day for the IMB and the advancement of the Kingdom. He goes to our very close sister entity with my blessings and prayers.”
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Edgar Aponte, left, receives a warm welcome as International Mission Board (IMB) vice president of mobilization from David Platt, IMB president, during the Aug. 24 trustee meeting. Aponte is director of Hispanic leadership development and instructor of theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C.
Aponte has faithfully served SEBTS since 2013, teaching theology, overseeing Spanish programs and working with seminary partnerships in Latin America. In his new role with the IMB, Aponte will serve on the executive leadership team with a focus on mobilization. He will lead networking efforts among churches to encourage the sending of limitless missionary teams and will develop relationships between the IMB and Southern Baptist entities. Aponte will also continue to teach courses for SEBTS.
“The role of mobilization is a significant one for the IMB, and Edgar Aponte is a godly man who wants churches involved in reaching the nations for Christ,” said SEBTS dean of graduate studies and professor of evangelism and missions Chuck Lawless. “We will miss him at Southeastern Seminary, but I’m glad to have him as part of the IMB leadership team. I trust that his time at our Great Commission seminary has helped prepare him for this task.”
Originally from the Dominican Republic, Aponte previously served as minister counselor for political affairs at the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Washington, D.C. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the National University Pedro Herniquez Urena in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; a graduate degree in corporate finance from Santo Domingo Institute of Technology; a master’s degree in business administration from Strayer University in Arlington, Va.; a master’s degree in Christian ministry from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.; and a doctoral degree in theological studies from SEBTS.
Edgar and his wife, Sara, have three children and attend Christ Covenant Church in Raleigh, N.C.
“We are Southern Baptists because of missions,” said Aponte in a recent visit with IMB mobilization team leaders. “Missions is the heart of who we are as a denomination…taking the gospel to where Christ has not been preached. Working together, we can do more than working by ourselves.”
(EDITOR’S NOTE – Harper McKay is the news and information specialist at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Julie McGowan, public relations leader for IMB, contributed to this story.)