Bob and Terri Metze

After serving in Calvary Baptist Church of Lancaster, Pennsylvania for 13 years as an assistant pastor, Bob Metze, along with his wife, Terri, sensed God directing them to Mexico City where they served in church planting and pastoral training for ten years.

During that time Bob was privileged to teach and mentor through the Independent Baptist Seminary in downtown Mexico City, and the Baptist Theological Institute in the northwest part of the metropolis. This experience has provided a platform to train hundreds of Latin leaders, not just in Mexico, but in other countries as well. Bob observes that "the church in Latin America is alive and well; the gospel of Christ is flourishing in the Hispanic world! Millions have trusted Christ as their Savior, thousands of churches have been established, and nationals are assuming positions of spiritual leadership. However, this explosion of growth has far outpaced all efforts of pastoral training. The majority of national congregations are led by pastors with little or no formal theological preparation."

Having witnessed first-hand these realities, Bob became convinced of the need for quality pastoral training materials of sound doctrine. He says, "The results of unprepared pastors are tragic. There's a great need and interest throughout Latin America for substantial theological training.... Latin American churches need strong pastoral training materials in their own language and cultural context that they can trust."

For fifty years Editorial Bautista Independiente (EBI), the Spanish literature ministry of Baptist Mid-Missions, has labored to meet this crucial need. EBI is a publishing house that publishes Bible study materials in Spanish, shipping them to twenty-seven countries of the world. The EBI team is composed of supported missionaries who serve in a variety of capacities; from writing, to editing, to production, these individuals work together to provide theological and ministry-related literature to the Spanish-speaking world.

Since 2011 Bob Metze has been serving as Director of Pastoral Training and Theological Curriculum at EBI. In addition to writing and editing materials, Bob also teaches courses in Bible institutes and seminaries throughout Latin America. This allows for the testing of published materials to evaluate the effectiveness of their communication, plus it gives Bob the opportunity to influence the lives of literally hundreds of future pastors and theological leaders, thereby giving him a ministry of multiplication.