About Juan Kempers Seminary
In the 1920s, a new field of expansion opened in Chiapas with the help of missionaries John and Mabel Kempers of the Reformed Church in America (RCA). The National Presbyterian Church in Mexico developed important evangelistic work in Chiapas, first among the Spanish-speaking population and then among the Mayan-speaking people in the 1950s. Today Chiapas is one of the strongholds of the National Presbyterian Church. The number of members of the National Presbyterian Church in Chiapas alone is greater than the total number of RCA members.
The major contribution made by Reformed Church in America missionaries to the church in Chiapas is in the area of leadership training. Dr. Juan R. Kempers Seminary was developed to serve the Ch’ol, Tzeltal, Tzotzil, and Spanish-speaking areas to prepare pastors, teachers, evangelists, and missionaries for ministry in the National Presbyterian Church in Chiapas and in the Republic of Mexico. The RCA support provides scholarships for new students completing a master’s- or bachelor’s-level seminary program.