Dr. Tino Ballesteros’ service to God spans a variety of churches with progressive responsibilities in leadership. While in seminary, he served an internship with Dr. Robert H. Schuller at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California (1978) and a pastorate at the Philippi Presbyterian Church in Raeford, North Carolina (1980-1981), respectively.
After his ordination in 1982, Tino began his pastoral work serving as Minister of Education at First Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville, North Carolina (1982-1984). He then went on to serve as Minister of Education and Program at First Presbyterian Church in Orlando, Florida (1984-1992). In 1992, Tino returned to the Crystal Cathedral where he served as Minister of Education for 9 years (1992-2001).
In 2001 Dr. Tino first accepted the position of Executive Minister for the 4,500- member Presbyterian Church of Orlando, Florida. In 2006, Tino, as a Member-At-Large in the San Joaquin Presbytery, joined Yosemite Church as their Executive Minister.
Dr. Ballesteros has held several positions of service within the denomination, including Union Theological Seminary / Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia as a member of the Board of Trustees, the President’s Advisory Council, and currently the Presbyterian Panel.
Born on June 27, 1953, Tino is a second-generation Presbyterian minister. His father was a candidate for moderator of the PC(USA) General Assembly in 1988 and served on the committee that authored the Brief Statement of Faith.
Tino has two younger brothers living in Georgia and a sister who resides in Savannah, Georgia. His parents are now retired, living in Atlanta, Georgia. Tino earned his B.A. with a double major in Religion & Philosophy from Birmingham-Southern College, his M.A. in Education from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education and his Doctor of Ministry from Union Theological Seminary. He is married to Rebecca Ballesteros, a Registered Nurse from Birmingham, Alabama. They have been married for 30 years.
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