Seminario Bautista Biblico de Panama -- Bible Baptist
Seminary of Panama
In 2001, a Bible Institue was started by Byron Willis.
This was not the only Bible Institute in Panama as various Churches
had their own Bible Institute and each would teach a few students.
Sensing that there was much overlap of responsibilities and that
a central Baptist College would have many advantages, in 2006 Brother
Willis felt impressed by the Lord to start a Seminary which would
be able to train many Panamanians for the ministry. In a meeting
held in August of 2006, a great majority of the Pastors of the 22
Independent Baptist Churches in Panama and of the eight Bible Institutes
in Panama promised to send their students to the new Seminary. This
serves the dual purpose of allowing the existing Pastors to dedicate
more time to building their churches and it allows for a more effective
and exciting training program for our young people called to the
ministry. The Teachers are both Brother Willis as well as the Independent
Baptist Missionaries and Pastors in the area who volunteer to come
and teach for a week or two at a time. The first year of the Bible
College began in March of 2007 with 20 students.
With so many opportunities to minister to students,
there are also opportunities for God's people to assist as the
Lord lays it upon their hearts to do so. If you would like to
help us with this great project, you will be helping all of the
churches of Panama and you will be helping us get new works eventually
started all over this country.
|Teach A Class for a Week
There is an opportunity for some gifted Bible teachers (or Pastors)
to come in and teach the Students for a week. The lodging and food
are paid for by the Seminary, the only thing that you would have
to pay for is your plane ticket. We would love to have you teach
|Sponsor a Student
This College has day classes and is used for the purpose of providing
the education for students called to the ministry from all over
our country. To be able to attend, we need to provide for these
students a place to live, food to eat, and a way to pay for their
tuition. There are not many jobs in our city that these students
can get that would allow them to be in school and work as well.
We need help with $100.00 a month per student. With this amount
we could provide a student with the room, board, and tuition. The
student would also be working for the church in the afternoons and
winning souls for the Lord.
|Donate to the School
It may be that you do not feel led to teach or sponsor a student,
then perhaps you would be led to give a monetary gift to the school.
Any amount would be appreciated and would be wisely used in training
We realize that this is the Lord's work and are depending upon
Him both to provide the funds and to lead us in the direction He
would have us to go. Please join us in praying that His will will
Please look over the opportunities above and,
if the Lord lays it upon your heart to assist in any way, or you
have questions about any of these areas (or anything not listed),
please contact Brother Willis at his support
God Bless You! My name is Ariannis Itzel Arauz, I am 18 years old.
I am a member of Iglesia Bautista Biblica de David, Panama . I have
been attending this church for 12 years and now I am a student in
Seminario Bautista Biblico de Panama. This is my first year in the
seminary. I am going to share with a little of my testimony of when
I started to attend church.
I first attended church when I was 6 years old and I came with my
mom, my brother and sisters, and my step-dad. One evening in the
evening service, one of the ladies in the church (the church secretary)
shared with me the plan of salvation and I received Christ in my
heart; the following Sunday I got baptized. After that my mother
always took me to church and I attended my Sunday School class and
that is how I started learning more about the Bible.
I remember that when I was 14 years old, I attended a Missions Conference
which was preached by Pastor Rudy Aldana. God spoke to my heart
about serving Him full-time. I felt like God wanted to use me and
it was a feeling in my heart that I have never felt anything like
it before. I did not really understand the feelings that I was experiencing
but with tears I went to the altar and made my decision public to
serve God full-time. I thank God for touching my heart in that service.
Shortly after, I became a helper in a Sunday School class; for 2
years I was a helper for the 5-6 year old girls and then for another
year I was a helper for the 3-4 year old girls. During these three
years I was able to learn more and at the end of the third year
I became the teacher for the 3-4 year old girls Sunday School class.
I attended a Teen Camp in 2006 and I made the decision to attend
the Seminary to prepare myself to serve and I made my decision public
at a bonfire that we had at the end of the camp. At the time of
my decision there was no mention of the Seminario Bautista Biblico
de Panama but God knew what was going to happen.
Today, I am in my first year in the seminary, I am a Sunday School
teacher for the 3-4 year old girls, I help in the nursery, and I
also sing specials in the church.
I thank God for the blessings that He has given to me, for my pastor,
Pastor Willis, and for the fact that he started the seminary. I
thank the Lord for my pastors advice and counsels and for
Please pray for me and for God to bless my life and for Him to use
me for His honor and glory.
Hello, my name is Javier Enrique Hawkins, I am a student at Bible
Baptist Seminary of Panama.
I am from Panama City , Panama . I live in Santa Librada, I am a
member of Lighthouse Bible Baptist Church , pastored by the missionary
I have been a believer of Christ since March 1986. Right now I am
a Sunday School teacher for the teens of 15 years and older, I also
am one of the directors del culto and when I am given
the opportunity, I preach.
My purpose of being in the Seminary is to study the Bible more so
that I will be able to help others and also to prepare myself for
whatever God has for me in the future.
I thank the Lord for the opening of the seminary because God is
allowing us to learn more. PRAISE THE LORD FOR THE SEMINARY!
I am very grateful for Pastor Byron Willis, the director of the
seminary for giving me this opportunity to study and I am grateful
for my pastor, Pastor Arnulfo Olivo for the support that he gives
to prepare for the Lords will but most of all I am grateful
for Gods blessings that he gives to me.
42 years old
I was saved in the month of August of 1998. I made the decision
to serve God in March 2001. I attend the Bible Baptist Church of
David in Panama , pastored by the missionary Byron Willis. I am
married and we have 2 daughters. I am in my third year in Bible
College , preparing for my calling to serve the Lord in whatever
area the doors open for me. I thank the Lord for the financial help
so that I have the opportunity to study and prepare at the seminary.
Thank you and May God bless!
This is the testimony of a young lady and her decision to serve
the Lord. Her name is Osiris Ivette Aldeano Paredes, born on April
23, 1988 in Panama . She is somebody who has been able to see Gods
powerful hand and His mercy in her life.
From her mothers womb she felt the neglect from her parents.
Her father left her mother when they found out that a girl was going
to be born; and her mother being alone thought to end her life because
she thought that the baby to be born would only cause problems and
the baby would only suffer and cause others to suffer as well.
Her mother lived in one of the most dangerous areas of Panama City
; a neighborhood that overflowed with drugs, prostitution and juvenile
delinquents. She earned her living by sweeping streets and it barely
gave her enough for food. This was before the new baby was born;
she already had 4 kids and each one with different fathers. The
oldest child was killed due to robbery and the other 3 have been
in and out of jail all of their lives for drugs, robberies and homicides.
When she was born she didnt live in the best conditions; nobody
even knew of the birth until she was 3 months old.
Her mother always left her in the care of her third brother but
her brother was always busy in his lost world that he never paid
attention to his baby sister and always left her by herself. It
was then when her uncles realized that she had been born and saw
that the conditions in which she was living were not the best for
her. They decided to take her away from her mother.
When they arrived at her apartment, they could hardly enter inside;
there were dirty bottles everywhere that were filled with old milk.
But they did not see the baby, they could hear her cry but they
could not see her and then they found her in a hole in a mattress,
without any clothes, crumbs all over her and on the border of malnutrition.
But what this little baby would never imagine is that she would
never know who her real parents are and she never did know her real
Her uncles, who became like parents to her, took her and her mother
never asked what had happened to her baby. They took the baby to
a new home but what no one would know is that this home would only
cause her pain and sadness.
Both of her adopted brothers never accepter her into the family.
This little baby girl began to grow and she suffered abuse both
physical and psychological from her adopted parents. Her older adopted
sister never took to the idea of having another girl in the family
and was always humiliated by her. Her other adopted brother was
a alcoholic and a drug addict and many times she witnessed her brother
abuse his girlfriends and his mother with punches or with guns.
She also saw how her brother beat up his brother and that her sister
hung around with men that were involved with drugs.
She never saw her adopted father because he left at 6:00am and came
home in the early morning but sometimes he would not come home at
all. She received very little attention from her new
family and there was no love at all. Everything was insults and
violence but no one saw how this was damaging her little life.
She never had her mothers attention and for 6 years this little
girl suffered from something so delicate that cant be said,
but from 6-12 years she suffered and was quiet with her secret guarded
because no one would believe her anyway.
Her life was full of beatings, insults, drugs and abuse. For her
it was very hard to grow in a place where no one paid her any attention
and never found anyone in whom she could let out all of her feelings
and pain that was in her heart. Many times, Osiris, tried to end
her own life; she felt that she could not handle such pain in her
heart. The last time that she tried to commit suicide she was 13
years old. She did not believe in God, for her God did not exist
because she did not understand why he would allow her to suffer.
But she had heard from someone that He would help her
and it was when she was on the border of desperation when she asked
God that if he exist then to take her out of her affliction. At
this time of her life she met Arnulfo Olivo (who is her pastor today).
He picked her up and took her to church and at Sunday School someone
showed her that God loves her and wants to take care of all of her
problems and she came to know Christ as her personal Saviour. Everything
for her changed; she now had a smile on her face.
In February of that same year she went to her first Teen Camp and
there she felt like God wanted to use her. When she left the camp
she started serving God in every area that she was able. But it
didnt take very long for her to see that others started to
make fun of her and her Christianity and she began to
get discouraged. She started to hang with the wrong crowd, people
who were not saved and didnt believe in God. By the time that
she was 17 years old she had stopped reading her Bible and was not
attending church; she was completely backslidden. She started living
a rebellious life with more problems and although she wasnt
receiving any attention from her family and she felt alone, God
was still with her protecting her and waiting for the right time
to bring her back to Him. En her rebelliousness there came a moment
in that she didnt know what to do and it was at this time
that she felt Gods discipline in her life and He guided her
back to Him. She heard in a message that God loved her and wanted
to use her and He broke her heart. Ever since that day she has served
God faithfully and surrendered her life to Him on August 6, 2006
to be a pastor or a missionarys wife and to complete the promise
that she had made to God at least 7 years ago.
The person that I am talking about in this testimony is me. This
is part of my testimony and what God has done in my life and part
of what I had to go through before God, through his mercy, brought
me to the place where I am today and to be the person who I am today.
There are many things that I was not able to mention due to how
delicate they are in my life and there are many scars from those
things but I know that God had a purpose for everything in my life.
I never was able to have parents as well as brothers and sisters
that listened to me and taught me the things that I needed to know
in life such as love but God was always with me and I thank the
Lord for the parents that he gave me through my pastor
and his wife. They teach me to see the things of the Lord with a
positive outlook and they are always encouraging me and I am very
grateful for them.
Today, I am a member of Lighthouse Baptist Church , pastored by
Pastor Arnulfo Olivo and I support their new mission that they have
started in another part of the city. I am a Sunday School teacher
for 5-6 year olds in both churches and I am a student at Bible
Baptist Seminary of Panama. My desire is to finish studying and
to be a missionary or a pastors wife and to have a ministry
for kids in Mexico that have the same background that I had.
Thank you, and God Bless you!
Osiris Ivette Aldeano
Life - Here is a picture of the some of the student activities
while at the Seminary.
Seminary Students - This is a list of the present students in
the Seminary. Click on the student's picture to see more
information about each person.
Graduates - This is a list of some of the students who have
graduated and their present ministries. Click on the
picture to see more information about each person.