In 1995, Dr. Antonio Barro founded South American Theological Seminary (SATS) in Londrina, Brazil. He began with a typewriter and a desk in his home, and a vision for a school that would bring the truth and hope of the Gospel to bear on issues facing the Church in Latin America.

In 2010, SATS celebrated its 15th anniversary, and is one of the most effective and fastest growing seminaries in Latin America. The school – now with extension programs at various sites in Latin America and Portuguese-speaking Africa – has trained more than 500 church leaders. Antonio has written books and dozens of articles advocating a theology of holistic mission for serving Brazil.

As ScholarLeader of the Year, Antonio traveled to Manila where he presented the work of SATS at the Deans’ Seminar hosted by the Asian Theological Association. His presentation enabled theological leaders in Asia to consider a unique seminary model that addresses contextual realities in the Majority World.