Hispanic will run for Baptist Presidency

Vela announces bid for Hispanic Baptist presidency
By Ken Camp, Managing Editor, Baptist Standard, March 20, 2009

Angel Vela, pastor of Iglesia Bautista Westway in El Paso, has announced he will allow his nomination for president of the Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas.

Vela expressed his desire to “join efforts with the Baptist General Convention of Texas and churches all around the state to … have a more effective plan of discipleship for our new believers.”
Angel Vela

He also hopes to keep the Convencion updated about available programs that can help enable church leaders to reach their goals in their communities.

Vela is a former first vice president of the Convencion, and he has held several offices in El Paso Baptist Association, including president of the Hispanic Fellowship and Pastors’ Conference and associational executive board moderator.

In his 32 years as a pastor and missionary, he has served churches in El Paso, Pecos and Ciudad Juarez.

Under his leadership, Congregacion Hispana First Baptist Church in El Paso and Iglesia Bautista Westway each started two missions that have constituted as churches.

Vela is a graduate of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary extension center in El Paso.

His wife of 47 years, Delia, is a former president of Women Reaching Texas. They are the parents of seven adult children—four sons and three daughters.

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