Gabriela Tijerina-Pike is a native of Monterrey, Mexico. While still a teenager, she felt the calling to come to and serve the Lord. After finishing her bachelor’s degree in computer systems, she enrolled in missionary training, participated in urban church planting ministries, and worked for two companies in Nuevo Leon, Mexico. She also waited for an opportunity to serve as a missionary to Equatorial Guinea, Africa.
However, God had other plans for her life when she faced and overcame a Christological heresy in her church. This caused her to realize that she needed better biblical and theological training. Accordingly, she started and finished an MA in Bible at ESEPA, a seminary in Costa Rica with her thesis on the impeccability of Jesus. While at ESEPA she served as a missionary to Nicaraguan refugees and was asked to teach at the seminary. Gabriela later was accepted to the University of Aberdeen (Scotland) and received a scholarship to study a PhD in New Testament. Her studies focused on Lukan Christology and Christ’s prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane.
After receiving her PhD and returning to Mexico, she taught in different seminaries, eventually becaming the academic dean, and then the president of Seminario Todas Las Naciones (Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico). Gabriela has written multiple pastoral Bible commentaries in Spanish for laymen and children. Currently, she lives in Big Rapids, Michigan with her husband, Sky – a native Michigander.
Gabriela’s passion is to mentor and equip young leaders with analytical skills that will create and produce new content that addresses contemporary needs. At Calvin Theological Seminary, she is committed to contribute to the advancement of the young leadership in the Church of any community, especially the growing Latino church leadership around the world.
Since 2008, Gabriela and her family have adopted a Nahuatl family from a village called Zacualtipanito in the state of Hidalgo, Mexico. Now, after many years and life-changing experiences, Gabriela & Sky are very thankful to God to see all six of their godchildren loving the Lord, coming out of extreme poverty, and becoming professionals. In Mexico they are also starting their own families, making Gabriela & Sky grandparents!
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