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Rangel to lead BGCT Border/Mexico Missions

October 22nd, 2008 at 3:22 pm

DALLAS – The Baptist General Convention of Texas has named Daniel Rangel director of the organization’s border/Mexico mission work.

For the past two years, Rangel has served as the director of missions for the Rio Grande Valley Baptist Association. Prior to that, he served as pastor of Primera Iglesia Bautista in Mission for nearly four years.

He also has served at the Valley Baptist Mission Education Center in Mission and as pastor of First Baptist Church in Donna.

Rangel, who assumes his new role Dec. 1, earned a master of divinity of degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas-Pan American.

Rangel will coordinate the convention’s mission efforts along the Texas-Mexico border and into Mexico. Ministry along the Texas-Mexico border is a point of emphasis for Texas Hope 2010, a BGCT initiative to share the gospel with every non-Christian in the state.

“Daniel Rangel is knowledgeable and passionate about missions specifically along the Rio Grande and into Mexico. As a college student, Daniel served as a missionary in Mexico reaching students for Christ through Baptist Student Ministry. Most of his full time ministry years have been on the border,” said Josue Valerio, director of the BGCT Missions Team.

“He has been involved in different capacities of Texas Baptist life including the pastorate, director of the Howard Payne University Extension in the Valley, director of missions in the Rio Grande Valley Baptist Association and also has served in committees and focus groups with the local association and Baptist General Convention of Texas. We are glad that the Lord has called Daniel Rangel to serve as the next River Ministry/Border Mexico Director of Baptist General Convention of Texas.”

Wayne Shuffield, director of the BGCT Missions, Evangelism and Ministry Team, echoed Valerio’s sentiments.

“Daniel has a deep passion for missions and the families along the southern borders of Texas,” Shuffield said. “His experience of growing up in south Texas along with his work in local churches, social ministries and associational missions allows him to bring unique qualities to this important position on behalf of Texas Baptists. We are privileged and proud that Bro. Rangel is joining the Missions Team.”

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