Dr. Noé S. Acosta – Founder & Executive Director
Before his conversion, Dr. Acosta had studied to become a Roman Catholic Priest. A change of mind, though, prompted him to pursue a different career, and he acquired degrees in Education and School Administration at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
As he held the position of School Administrator, Dr. Acosta became interested in reading the entire Bible for the first time, searching for the doctrine of Purgatory, which is a common belief in the Roman Catholic Church. Although he found no evidence for Purgatory in the Bible, he found the doctrine of Salvation by faith alone, through Christ alone and by the grace of God alone. He and his wife, Mimi, were both delighted and grateful to God for being chosen by Him for eternal life. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
Upon retiring from a 32 year career as a Teacher of English and secondary school administrator in Philadelphia, I began to work alongside my husband, Noe, in the ministry that he founded almost 2 decades ago, that is, Gospel Through Colombia. This ministry sprang out of our desire to present Christ and the Gospel of Grace through the skills God gave us as teachers and school leaders. GTC continues to be an educational ministry.
The women’s ministry of GTC emerged exclusively as an effort to bring together the ladies of churches in Colombia where the pastors were participating in the educational programs of GTC through conferences, seminars, mentoring. The women of Latin America, who were enjoying the depths of Scripture preached faithfully in their churches, were quite eager to learn how to apply the word of God to everyday life and focus on Biblical womanhood, the sanctity of marriage, and the responsibility of teaching children through a Christian worldview. What a privilege to teach the Bible to such attentive women in the foreign mission field! God had prepared me to travel and teach the Book of Ruth, Philippians, Psalm 121, Titus 2, to name a few studies, in conferences, retreats, breakfasts and marriage conferences. Last year, the ladies of Panama became our new audience!
We thank God for giving us the blessing to serve Him through GTC, a ministry that brings solid Biblical education to hundreds of pastors and to thousands of people throughout Latin America. We cannot boast in this, but we must boast in the power of the Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Who has opened up hearts and minds for the Truth of the word of God to be taught in Christian churches in Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Panama and, now, in Venezuela. Psalm 96:3
I am excited about how God can work in and through us to accomplish his purposes in reaching the world with the gospel. We are able to bring in the harvest through our congregation right here in Philadelphia as well as on the other side of the globe as our people are sent out. Being involved in getting the greatest news in history out to those who have never heard, to release them from bondage to sin and into a relationship with the living God, is the most privileged responsibility we have. Won’t you join us in the effort?
Mr. Ed Sutherland – Treasurer
Ed Sutherland holds a BA degree in Business Administration and Economics from Eastern Baptist College 1971. In 1974, Ed began a career in public accounting, eventually opening his own accounting firm which he operated until 1993. Since then, Ed has worked for Delta Community Support Inc. as treasurer to present. I grew up in an American Baptist Church and God revealed to me my salvation in 1977 the year I was married. My wife, Lorry, and I have been blessed with three boys and two grandsons, so far. We presently are members of Providence Reformed Baptist Church in Warminster, PA. Ed serves as Treasurer of the Board of Gospel Through Colombia.
Rev. Richard W. Tyson – Vice President
Rev. Rick Tyson holds a M. Div. from Covenant Theological Seminary, and has served in three churches over 36 years of pastoral ministry in the Presbyterian Church in America. Rick and his wife, Bethann, have been married 40 years and have two sons and two grandsons. Rick is presently the pastor of Calvary Presbyterian Church in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania where he has served for nineteen years. Rick has a fervor for preaching, while Bethann takes leadership in women’s ministry and hospitality. Together they have a passion for encouraging pastors and their families. Rick has served on the denominations Board of Trustees of Covenant Seminary, and Christian Education and Publications. He is currently serving on the Board of Great Commission Publications which produces Reformed Sunday School materials for the Presbyterian Church in America and the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Rick served as the first president of Gospel Through Colombia and has helped with the organization and development of GTC.
Deborah Johnson – Secretary
I reside in Central Florida with my husband, Eric. We have been joyfully married for 32 years and I have worked with my husband for the last 6 years. We have 3 grown children, 2 grandsons and another grandson to be born in August. For 20 years, I educated my children at home, giving them a solid academic foundation within the context of the Word of God. I am involved in many and various ministries for women, at St. Andrews Chapel where I worship and listen weekly to the preaching of Dr. R. C. Sproul.
I am a member of the Board of Directors for Gospel Through Colombia where I serve as Secretary. In April, I initiated the GTC Conference for Women in Medellin with a special devotional entitled, A Call for Godly Women, based on Titus 2: 1-5.
Ken Bruce is a graduate of Central Bible College and Covenant Theological Seminary. He established and pastored a church on the eastern shore of Maryland and was an assistant pastor at Covenant Presbyterian Church, PCA, in Naples He, along with four other church families, founded and served on the board of Naples Christian Academy in Naples.
He and his wife, Ruth Ann, have been married for 55 years and have two adult daughters. Ruth Ann received a master’s degree in Biblical Counseling from Master’s College in California. She has taught ladies’ groups with Mimi Acosta in Panama and Colombia. Ken and Ruth Ann live in DeLand, FL and are members of St. Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, FL.
Ken is excited to be a part of GTC’s vital ministry to pastors of South America who, otherwise, have no hope of receiving a thoroughly reformed theological education.
Emerson Bolton II is the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Edgewater, Florida. He is a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and holds an Advanced Diploma in Theology and an Advanced Master of Divinity degree. Emerson and his wife, Marie, live in Edgewater with their three young sons.
Several years ago, I was introduced to GTC through the efforts of Dr. Noe Acosta. Immediately upon seeing and hearing Dr. Acosta’s passion for spreading the Gospel of Grace through Colombia to all of Latin America, I knew that I would be leading our church to support this ministry. I have had the privilege of teaching a course on anthropology at the USRL in Medellin and Armenia, Colombia. I am grateful to serve on the board of directors for this wonderful ministry and I am looking forward to seeing the biblical doctrines of Grace spread throughout Latin America for the glory of God.