Ignacio Silverio, affectionately known as Nacho, was ordained into the gospel ministry at the Madison Campus Church on May 13, 2017. Doug Tilstra, a professor at Southern Adventist University and a favorite teacher of Silverio, gave the ordination address. David Hartman, ministerial director, introduced Silverio; his wife, Paulina; and their four boys, David, Samuel, Daniel, and Esteban. Steve Haley, Conference president, offered the ordination prayer and along with his wife, Malinda, welcomed Silverios to the pastoral ministry.
Silverio grew up in Redlands, Calif., as a nonbeliever, but got serious about Christ because of a breakup with his girlfriend, now his wife. The breakup was because God was not a priority in Silverio’s life. That challenged him to read the Bible for himself. He soon fell in love with the Christ of Scripture and accepted Jesus as his Savior. He testifies, “Jesus is awesome! He makes my life better and He makes me better at life.” Originally, the Silverios thought they would serve as overseas missionaries, but God led them to Southern Adventist University where he received a B.A. in theology, and then to Andrews University where he received an M.Div. For the past four and a half years, they have served at the Madison Campus Church.
At the conclusion of the ordination service, Ken Wetmore, senior pastor at Madison Campus, asked those in the congregation to stand who had been baptized by Silverio or had been influenced by his ministry in some way. By the end of Wetmore’s series of questions, everyone was standing. All those present were reminded that their chief purpose in life is to positively influence others for Christ.
Kentucky-Tennessee | July 2017