It was announced by the Baptist World Alliance that an Argentine citizen will for the first time preside over the organization that is found in 125 countries and comprises 47 million believers in 169,000 churches.
This is Pastor Tomás Mackey, who was elected on July 23 and will serve for five years.
Mackey was legally recognized in a ceremony broadcast worldwide, which was conducted by the entity’s secretary, Elijah Brown.
He comes from the Iglesia Bautista de Once, which he presided over for more than 30 years, and concerns the Argentine Baptist Association (ABA).
Many representatives of Baptist and evangelical entities from all over the continent and the world have welcomed the new president, and shown their joy for the fact that a Latin American is occupying such a position.
Tomás Mackey was dean of the International Baptist Theological Seminary in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and has been a professor since 1979. He directs the Pastoral Fraternity of the Argentine Baptist Association (ABA), was Executive Secretary of the Argentine Baptist Youth and has been Youth Advisor to the ABA since 2005.
He was also a founding member of the Aciera, a founding member and current member of the Board of Directors of the Ecumenical Social Forum, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the Kairós Foundation, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Argentine Bible Society (SBA).
«Mackey has served in the pastorate since 1978 and has been the pastor of the Once Baptist Church in Buenos Aires, Argentina, since 1988. He holds a B.A. in Theology from the International Baptist Theological Seminary in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and an M.Div. and a Ph.D. in Ministries from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, USA,» sources from the organization said.