Amarillo Spanish Church Opened New School in 2022

October 20, 2022

AMARILLO, TEX. – Since its inception, the Amarillo Spanish Seventh-day Adventist Church has dreamed of opening a church school. This past fall, that dream was fulfilled, and the Amarillo Seventh-day Adventist Christian Academy (ASDAA) opened its doors on Aug. 10. The school is now enrolling grades K-8.

As the pastor of this precious church, it was evident to me that God brought all the pieces of this project perfectly together. I was most amazed at how God led us to find and hire ASDAA’s head teacher, Jean Turpen. During her interview, we knew she was exactly who we needed to take on the important task of teaching our students. Turpen is humble, a great teammate, she is open to learn and she shares our vision and values Christian education. Initially, we worried about how long it would take to find an Adventist head teacher. As many school administrators know, it can take months or even an entire school year to find individuals who are available and/or are willing to relocate. It was wonderful to learn that Turpen was just around the corner! She is from Hereford, Tex., which is only 45 minutes from Amarillo. Turpen is a former 4-H leader and has taught for over 30 years. She was also a member of our sister church, the Amarillo English church many years ago.

The Amarillo Spanish church is grateful that God has led the launch of ASDAA from start to finish. He knew our desire to have an Adventist school in our community and He knew of our need for Turpen long before we did. We praise the Lord for that! To date, ASDAA’s school year has been successful, and we are looking forward to the many blessings that God has in store for our students, teachers and staff. There is nothing more satisfying than to see beloved children being prepared for a higher calling and getting ready for eternity.


By Carlos Arellano, Pastor