Steve and Sheila have been serving as professors at the Baptist Theological Institute in Chile to provide trained pastors and missionaries for the Convention of Baptist Churches of the Chilean Mission. Under their leadership, the Institute expanded its program to four regions of the country. Since most ministry in Chile is bivocational, special consideration is given to working students with both evening and Saturday classes. The Heneises have a deep concern for the spiritual formation of their students and include personal and pastoral relationships as an important part of their curriculum. In the last few years, it has been rewarding for them to have former Institute graduates return after further degree work to serve with them on the faculty.
Most recently the Heneises have been involved in the planting of new churches. They worked closely with their local New Hope Baptist Church of Chillán to start two new congregations, and as the national Director of Evangelism and Missions, Steve was able to provide leadership and encouragement for several other new church plants in various regions of the country.
Language used in ministry: Spanish