Hope International Seminary of Theology is a distance learning seminary with an emphasis on preparing Pastors and laypersons of the 21st century for a new REVIVAL, allowing an expanded opportunity to complete a superior course of study in theology in order to better serve God.
Advantages of studying in SITE
Some of the most important advantages:
- Students do not need to incur additional costs in travel expenses.
- The course books are developed by SITE, you do not need to buy additional books. This does not apply to the Masters and Doctorate degrees.
- Each church can train its workers and leaders according to their own vision for ministry.
- Due to its modern teaching system, the student spends a minimum amount of time studying while yielding a maximum degree of learning.
- The focus of the courses is geared towards practical ministry applications.
Founders of SITE
Dr. Hugo A. Martinez
Dr. Hugo Martinez was born in Mar del Plata, Argentina and grew up in a Christian home. His plan, as a teenager, was to become a brain surgeon, but God called him into the ministry instead. In 1972, when he was only 17 years old, he became the youth pastor of the largest Assemblies of God church in Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina. From that point on, he served the Lord together with his girlfriend at the time, María Eugenia, who later became his wife.
In 1975 he carried out pastoral work together with his wife, and as a result of the vision God had given him, they planted and pastored several churches.
Dr. Martinez was an educator and international speaker, devoted to the training of pastors and leaders in Latin America.
Among his many functions, he was National President of the Assemblies of God in Argentina. He also served as Representative of the Evangelical Christian churches before the Argentine Government, and he served in several positions as representative of the Christian community at a national level
He excelled as professor and director of several institutions: Instituto Bíblico Río de la Plata de las Asambleas de Dios; Instituto de Superación Ministerial, and for the Assemblies of God Christian Education Services for Latin America.
He was the Founding Director of Instituto de Educación Teológica por Extensión (IETE) in Argentina. He was co-founder of the MOD.E.L.O. Educational Program of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel in California, U.S.A.
He and his wife founded Hope International Seminary of Theology in the United States, with extensive experience in distance learning programs since 1989. He was President of World Hope Ministry.
He wrote the book “Teología Pastoral: como ser un obrero aprobado” (edited by Editorial Vida) as well as co-writing with his wife all the textbooks for the Bachelor Level Program at Hope International Seminary of Theology.
On August 29, 2010, he went to be with the Lord at the age of 56. As an educator, pastor, and spiritual father to many, he was a source of great influence and inspiration wherever the Lord allowed him to minister.
His wife Maria Eugenia and their children continue to carry out the work of the ministry that was first pioneered by Dr. Hugo A. Martínez.
Dr. Maria Eugenia Martinez
Maria Eugenia was born in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her parents were Roman Catholic and she came to know the Lord when she was ten. Then, at the age of thirteen, she received God’s call to serve Him in full time ministry.
She began as a youth leader in 1972, and in 1975 she and her husband began pastoring. Together with Dr. Hugo Martínez, she has founded and pastored several churches. Today she is the Head Pastor of Centro Cristiano Esperanza in California, as well as having several churches under her ministry.
She has developed a ministry of preaching and speaking at an international level, especially focusing on women, the family, and the pastoral family.
She acted as Representative of the College of Theology of the Assemblies of God in Latin America (1995-2001), served as professor at the Instituto Bíblico Río de la Plata (1983-1998), as well as at several Bible Schools in Argentina since 1980. She held other positions at a local level in different areas of Christian education.
She was National Secretary of the Women’s Missionary Council of the Assemblies of God (MACEA at present) (1992-1994) and she served as Secretary of the Women’s Committee for FACIERA (Federation of the Christian Alliance of Evangelical Churches of Argentina (1995-1996).
She is Co-Founder and past Director of IETE Internacional, also serving as Director of the Academic and Administrative areas at the IETE (Instituto de Educación Teológica por Extensión), which has enrolled more than 16,000 students in several countries of Latin America since 1989, training pastors and workers of different churches. .
She has authored several books: “Luminares en el Mundo” and “La Familia Cristiana: obra suprema de Dios”, edited by Editorial Vida and “Como transmitir los valores cristianos a nuestros hijos”. For MOD.E.LO., she wrote “New Testament Survey”, and for Hope International Seminary of Theology, she co-authored the textbooks used in the school.
She is co-founder of MOD.E.L.O. (Training Program for Laypersons and Christian Workers), an educational Program of the Hispanic Southwest District of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel.
Today she is the Founding President of Hope International Seminary of Theology in California, United States, which she founded together with her husband, having experience in distance learning programs since 1989.
Together with her husband Hugo, Dr. María Eugenia Martínez co-founded and is now Presient of World Hope Ministry Inc./Ministerio Mundial Esperanza, which provides service and support to pastors and churches.
She graduated as professor of Elementary Education in Argentina in 1976; she is a graduate of Instituto Bíblico Río de la Plata, Argentina in 1987. She also received her Bachelor’s in Theology in USUM in 1989 and received her Doctorate of Divinity in the United States in 2005.
Her three daughters Analía, Marcela, and Vivian serve the Lord in the ministry.
Directors of SITE
Dr. Maria Eugenia Martinez
Dr. Guillermo E. Furlong
US NATIONAL DIRECTOR
Rev. Vivian Furlong
US NATIONAL DEPUTY DIRECTOR
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History of SITE
Every story has a beginning; every dream a hope; every project a goal. Often, God’s dreams and visions take years to be fulfilled. During the 80’s, Dr. Hugo A. Martinez, as a leader in Christian Education at a national level in his native country of Argentina and Latin America, being involved at every level in the training of workers and pastors, felt in his heart the desire to meet the need of: the training of workers and pastors who weren’t able, for different reasons, to attend a conventional Bible institute; whether by living on campus or commuting. .
While studying for the degree of Science of Education at the university in 1974, Dr. Hugo A. Martinez conducted a research project on Distance Education at a worldwide level. Through his research, he looked into the Distance Education Program being carried out at the University of Barcelona in Spain; this moved him to want to make these programs available for the work of God. So, linking this knowledge to the existing need in the work of the Lord, Dr. Hugo A. Martinez together with his wife Dr. Maria Eugenia Martinez, who had also studied at a secular level, in 1989 founded the Institute of Theological Education by Extension, a distance program in Argentina, which enrolled more than sixteen thousand students during twelve years.
This same program of study, updated for the 21st century, was founded by Drs. Hugo and Maria Eugenia Martinez in the US in the year 2001 in the State of Florida, under the name Hope International Seminary of Theology, later transferring their ministry to California. Hope International Seminary of Theology was approved in 2005 as a Formal Bible Institute by the Department of Christian Education of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel.
In June 2007 Hope International Seminary of Theology was approved to grant the following religious vocational titles and degrees:
- Diploma In Practical Ministry Theology
- Associate In Practical Ministry Theology
- Bachelor In Practical Ministry Theology
Hope International Seminary of Theology was approved in 2005 as a Formal Bible Institute by the Department of Christian Education of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. In June 2007 Hope International Seminary of Theology was approved to grant the following religious vocational university degrees:
- Master In Practical Ministry Theology
- Doctorate In Practical Ministry Theology
Hope International Seminary of Theology desires to be part of the preparation of those who have been called by the Lord to the harvest fields around the world; those who are the eleventh-hour workers, with the vision of taking the revival of this century to all the nations.
Mission and vision
Preparing Christians of the
21st Century for a New Revival
The mission of Hope International Seminary of Theology is to revitalize pastoral and leadership ministries within churches, preparing and training Christians of the 21st century for a new Pentecostal-Charismatic revival. This goal is achieved through a modern and educational distance learning program with its very own curriculum materials, that are especially tailored to today’s world, bringing leaders to a new level of knowledge and practice in order to carry out the work of the ministry and bring about the multiplication of Christians.