Fuller Seminary to Honor Latino Leader with Award

A leader in the Latino community will be recognized for his support and contributions to Fuller Seminary’s Hispanic Church Studies program and to the school’s overall mission.

Daniel L. Villanueva will be honored with the Latino Leadership Development Award at Fuller Seminary’s celebration dinner on Oct. 12. Villanueva is well-known throughout the Latino community for his work in sports and Spanish-language broadcasting. Villanueva co-founded a national marketing and public relations firm called Mova Villanueva and Associates and a company called Radio America Inc. He is a partner in R.C. Fontis Partners LP and Vice President of Villanueva Companies. He has also managed Spanish-language television stations and helped launch Southern California’s Major League Soccer, serving as president of the Los Angeles Galaxy.

The award, however, will not only recognize Villanueva’s contributions to the sports and broadcasting, but also to the growth and development of Christian education and leadership. Villanueva has played an important role in Fuller Seminary’s development, serving on the Board of Trustees and providing support to the seminary’s Hispanic Church Studies program.

“Danny Villanueva has provided badly needed financial support for many Latino students through the Primitivo and Pilar scholarship fund, which he developed to honor his grandparents’ ministry,” said Juan Martinex, Director of Hispanic Church Studies.

“He has been a faithful spokesperson on behalf of Latino students, and has also provided significant expertise to support Fuller’s broad vision and expansion.”

Leaders and businesspersons from the Latino community have been invited to attend the dinner at Fuller’s Payton Hall. Speakers include Fuller President Richard Mouw and Dean of the School of Theology Howard Loewen. Villanueva will also give a brief speech at the dinner.

Fuller Seminary, located in Southern California, is an evangelical Christian institution focused on educating and equipping Christian leaders. Fuller offers degree programs in its three schools of Theology, Psychology, and Intercultural Studies. The Hispanic Church Studies program, founded in 1974, offers Spanish-language theology courses and two master’s degrees in Divinity and Multicultural Ministries. A Doctor of Ministry program will be launched in 2006.