For the past two years, ATAL (Asociación Teológica de América Latina), known in English as the Latin America Theological Association, has been working with sister organizations around the world in the formation of a network of theological associations with the purpose of raising the recognition level of their efforts in the advancement of Pentecostal theology. The recent conference of the Pentecostal World Fellowship, held in Stockholm, Sweden, Aug. 22-25, was the final step in the establishment of the World Alliance for Pentecostal Theological Education. At that event, WAPTE was not only authorized as an entity recognized by the PWF, but also invited to become the educational arm of the PWF. During that event, the first consultation of WAPTE was also presented, with the exposition of eight papers and interaction between the various members and invitees to the event. An inaugural banquet and prayer of blessing on the new leadership of the organization was held, with more than 100 leaders from Pentecostal bodies around the world in attendance.
WAPTE is composed of the various regional theological associations of the Assemblies of God World Missions efforts around the world, as well as other Pentecostal organizations including the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada, the Foursquare Church, Church of God (Cleveland, TN), Global University, and various other accrediting associations from Asia, Africa, and Europe.
The purpose of WAPTE is to promote exchange between the various regions of the world in the effort of Pentecostal theological education. This network will allow for the recognition of studies between institutions in the matter of transfer of credits, validation of credentials of member schools and professors, and can serve as a resource in the investigation of credentials of interested schools in the in the matter of references of professors and teachers within the various regions of the world.
Latin America has been represented by members of the board of ATAL in the various meetings of incorporation held in Singapore, Springfield, MO, and in Mattersey, England, during the past two years. Elected to the board of directors of WAPTE from Latin America are Pedro Gomez and Gayle Grisbee. More information can be found on the website at WAPTE.org.
Missionary to Latin America