Carlos Napoleón Canizález-Rugamas, president of Seminario Bíblico Pentecostal Centroamericano (SEBIPCA), is the recipient of the 2016 Leadership Award in the Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee).
Before his conversion at a Church of God evangelistic crusade in the city of Santa Tecla in 1980, Carlos Canizález began his educational studies in industrial electricity, advanced electronics, and controlled technology.
Feeling the call to ministry, he immediately enrolled in the Church of God Bible Institute in El Salvador. In 1988, he received his bachelor’s degree in Christian ministry at the Universidad Teológica del Caribe in Puerto Rico, with a concentration in scriptural interpretation. He was a summa cum laude graduate who also received the highest honor award.
His graduate studies included a master’s degree in theology at the Universidad José Simeón Cañas in El Salvador and the Master of Divinity degree at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary in Cleveland, Tennessee.
These studies helped him to develop a theory about the Latin American Pentecostal worldview that served as the foundation for creating a Latin American Pentecostal hermeneutic. Currently, he is working on his final studies for a Ph.D. in ecclesiology at the Latin American Doctoral Program in Costa Rica.
Bishop Canizález served the Church of God in El Salvador from 1981 to 2010—as the national youth evangelist (1982); local church pastor (1983–1985); national director of education for two terms (1988–1993 and 1996–2002); and national overseer (2002–2010).
Since 2010, he has served the Church of God in Central America as the president of Seminario Bíblico Pentecostal Centroamericano (SEBIPCA), where he also serves as the professor of hermeneutics and Pentecostal theology.
Out of his heart for pastoral ministry, Brother Canizález has designed practical tools to help local church pastors in developing disciples who follow the model that was set by Jesus. This practical tool is known in Central America as, “The Career of a Disciple.”
Carlos Canizález has been happily married to María for thirty-three years. They have been blessed with two sons and one daughter—Fares Isaac, Gerson Isaí, and Raquel Eunice. His wife has been a faithful partner in all of the missions endeavors where God has led, and their children have been one of their greatest sources of inspiration to serve both God and people.
Executive Director J. David Stephens said, “On behalf of the Church of God Division of Education, we extend heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Stone and President Canizález, to their families, and to the excellent educational ministries in which they presently are serving.”