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Asbury Theological Seminary Announces Distinguished Alumnus 2020: Ricardo Gómez

Published Date: January 4, 2021

Our heartfelt congratulations to Ricardo Gómez on being names Distinguished Alumnus 2020! More about Ricardo:

Ricardo Gómez graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2003 with a MA in Theological Studies. He graduated again in 2007 with a PhD in Intercultural Studies. While at Asbury, Ricardo married a Kentucky native, Beth Absher, and they had two children, Juliana & Jonathan.

Originally from Colombia, Ricardo received his call from God in 1998 to come to the US to receive the tools he needed to better serve the people of Latin America. Upon his graduation from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2007, the Gómez family moved to Santiago, Chile as missionaries through Free Methodist World Missions. In addition to coordinating Pastoral Education for Free Methodists throughout the region, they planted an urban church in Santiago. In 2013, the family moved to Medellín, Colombia where Ricardo continued his Pastoral Education role with the mission and taught part-time at the Biblical Seminary of Colombia (FUSBC) where he had previously earned a bachelor’s degree in Pastoral Studies in 1998. In 2018, Ricardo led a team of 25 people from 5 countries to write and distribute a 19-course curriculum for Pastoral Formation in Spanish that is used throughout the region and is being adopted by Latino pastors in the US. In 2019, Ricardo was named the Area Director for Latin America for the Free Methodist Church, which includes oversight of US missionaries plus local leaders in 16 countries.

Ricardo is deeply thankful for his Asbury education and formation. It has shaped the way that he does ministry, particularly with the implementation of international accountability groups throughout the Free Methodist Church in Latin America. In appreciation for Asbury’s service to him, Ricardo has continued to serve the institution in various ways…as an adjunct professor in the distance learning program, on the alumni-council and currently as a member of the Board of Trustees. Ricardo published his dissertation “The Mission of God in Latin America” (Emeth Press, 2010), and he and his wife co-authored a chapter in “Global Voices: Stories of Church Planting from Around the World” (Asbury Theological Seminary, 2019).

11 responses to “Asbury Theological Seminary Announces Distinguished Alumnus 2020: Ricardo Gómez”

  1. Sharon Yancey says:

    Congrats to Ricardo and his amazing family.
    Greater things ahead for Colombia because of this powerful ministry there . Well done and very much deserved .

    Sharon Yancey

  2. Howard Biddulph says:

    How exciting to see Ricardo and Beth progress in their service to the Lord the way the have! Having been on the FUSBC Board I have seen first hand the leadership skills that they both demonstrate!
    Congrats to Asbury Seminary as well where he received most of his training!

  3. Ron Crandall says:

    Ricardo, wonderful to see your well deserved recognition by the seminary. Prayers for many more successes for the kingdom, and fond memories of our times together.

  4. Pam Cowart says:

    Congratulations to Ricardo and Beth for this well deserved recognition for their labor in the field white for harvest. We, Free Methodists, are so grateful to call them our own!

  5. Congratulations! This is a wonderful honoring of a greatly deserving international leader. ¡Gracias a Dios!

  6. Linda Adams says:

    Wonderful! Congratulations, Ricardo. It is such a joy to collaborate with you in Latin America and see your excellent leadership “up close and personally.” I’m thankful that Asbury Theological Seminary recognizes what an outstanding Christian leader you are!

  7. Jay Moon says:

    Congrats Ricardo for such a well deserved honor !

  8. Pete says:

    Congrats Ricardo!

  9. Ann Van Valin says:

    You have chosen well to honor the work of Ricardo Gomez as the distinguished alumnus 2020. I have followed the life and work of Ricardo since he and Beth interviewed with Free Methodist World Missions. Ricardo has discernment to know what those to whom he ministers need to be taught so they can become the person of God created each of his students to be. Thankfully, that teaching is passed on multiple times. May Ricardo and Beth continue to see where God is leading them in ministry and impact many lives with the Gospel.

  10. Donna Timm says:

    Congratulations Ricardo! You are a blessing to so many and have done such great work for God’s Kingdom. Blessings on you and your family. Ike is celebrating you in heaven I am sure.

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