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ANNOUNCEMENT TO THE CENTRAL CONFERENCE CHURCHES AND PASTORS
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Danny Martinez Nominated for Central Conference Superintendent

CHICAGO, IL (January 25, 2017) – The Central Conference Executive Board has nominated Danny Martinez, pastor of Grace Covenant Church in Spring Valley, California, to succeed Jerome Nelson as superintendent. Nelson is retiring at the end of this summer after serving three terms.

Martinez was nominated by the board through a process that began with more than 35 names submitted by constituents for consideration, said Dan Teefey, chair of the board, which also served as the search committee. After reviewing all the applications, the board engaged seven of the candidates for further consideration and interviewed four final candidates. The interview pool reflected both gender and ethnic diversity, and included candidates both serving within and beyond the conference.

Teefey said the committee was impressed with Martinez’s experience. “Pastor Danny has led in nearly every capacity of the church,” he said. “His background includes lay ministry, youth pastor, worship leader, and senior pastor. He also serves as the president of the Ministry of Hispanic Covenant Churches in the United States (MHIPE).”

Teefey added, “Pastor Danny loves God, loves the church, and loves the Covenant. We are excited for him to follow God’s call and serve the Central Conference.”

Martinez said, “It is with great humility and gratefulness that I accept the nomination for superintendent of the Central Conference. I am a child of the Covenant and the result of much personal investment by our denominational leaders, pastors, staff, friends, and family. I am very aware that I stand on the shoulders of the many incredible people who have built a place where we can work together for the kingdom of God. I ask for your prayers and support in this transition.”

The nomination will be presented for action to the Annual Meeting of the Central Conference to be held in April. If elected, he will be installed at the Covenant Annual Meeting in June and begin serving on September 1, 2017.

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ANUNCIO PARA LAS IGLESIAS Y PASTORES DE LA CONFERENCIA CENTRAL
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El Pastor Danny Martínez Nominado fué como Superintendente de la Conferencia Central

CHICAGO, IL (25 de Enero del 2017) – La Junta Ejecutiva de la Conferencia Central ha nominado al pastor Danny Martínez de la Iglesia del Pacto Grace de Spring Valley, California como sucesor del Superintendente Jerome Nelson. Nelson se jubila al final del verano del 2017, después de haber servido por tres periodos de cuatro años.

Martínez ha sido nominado por la Junta Ejecutiva a través de un proceso que empezó con más de 35 aspirantes los cuales dieron su nombre para consideración, comentó Dan Teefey, presidente de la junta ejecutiva, la cual también actuó como comité de búsqueda para esta posición. Después de una cuidadosa revisión de las solicitudes, la junta decidió escoger a siete candidatos y finalmente cuatro de ellos fueron seleccionados para una entrevista. Dentro de los cuatro candidatos entrevistados había diversidad tanto étnica como de género y además incluía postulantes sirviendo dentro y fuera de la Conferencia.

Teefey comentó que el comité estaba impactado por la gran experiencia del pastor Martínez. “El pastor Martínez ha servido en casi todos los ministerios de la Iglesia. Su trayectoria incluye: pastor laico, pastor de jóvenes, líder de alabanza y pastor principal. Además es también el presidente del Ministerio Hispano de las Iglesias del Pacto Evangélico en los Estados Unidos (MHIPE).”

Teefey también comenta que el pastor Danny es un hombre comprometido con el Señor, con la Iglesia y con la denominación. Nos sentimos muy agradecidos por Danny y por su deseo de seguir el llamado de Dios a servir en la Conferencia Central.

Martínez comenta “con profunda humildad y agradecimiento acepto esta nominación para ser Superintendente de la Conferencia Central. Crecí en la iglesia Evangélica del Pacto. Hoy soy lo que soy gracias a que muchos líderes de la denominación, pastores, amigos y familia creyeron e invirtieron en mí. Soy muy consciente que me sostienen los hombros de aquellas personas extraordinarias y valientes que han trabajado para abrir un espacio en el cual podamos servir unidos en el Reino de Dios. Pido sus oraciones y su apoyo durante este tiempo de transición.”

La nominación será presentada para su resolución en la asamblea anual de la Conferencia Central, que se llevará acabo en abril. Si es elegido, será instalado en la Reunión Anual de la Iglesia del Pacto en junio y empezará a trabajar como superintendente a partir del 1 del septiembre del 2017.

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