About us

Who we are and what we do

Baltic School of Ministry was founded in 2009 by Daniel and Damaris Pedraza (missionaries from Argentina) and it started with a group of 30 students. Since then, more than 250 students have made it throughout the programme. However, our story goes back way beyond that. From 1994 to 2002, Latvija Bible College had been the Bible School that started on our campus. It had been founded by Terence Hall (missionary from United States) and it began with 37 students.


Meet Our Staff

BSM is part of LVDC (Latvian Pentecostal Union of Churches), and as such, the School’s leadership is composed of two parts: our local staff and LVDC’s board of pastors. Our staff members are the people that you will share you everyday life with at BSM. Their goal is to help you stay focused during the academic year so that you can get the most out of your time at BSM.

Mauro Martinez


Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he moved to Latvia in 2010 where he met his wife, Julia. He finished his Masters degree in November 2021 (with a major in Christian Studies), and he loves discussing theology, ethics, and apologetics. Steak, football, and blues fan!

Jūlija Martinesa


Native of Liepaja, she is married to Mauro since 2013 and together they have two kids. She finished her professional Bachelor at Ventspils University of Applied Sciences in 2022. Always positive, enjoys strolling and peaceful moments of reflection!

Matias Pecile

Head of Study Programme

Originally from Patagonia, south of Argentina, he graduated from university as a geographer and then he completed his theological studies. For the last eight years, he has been a missionary in Poland and Latvia. Coffee and mate lover, enthusiastic traveler and amateur photographer.

Santa Pecile

Student's Coordinator

She is from Riga, has a wonderful daughter and is married to Matias, a missionary from Argentina. She loves spending time with her family and friends. For her rest means going on a hike in the nature, reading a good Christian book or engaging in conversation while enjoying some coffee and a cinnamon roll.


We aim to become a Christian Education Centre with a variety of programmes that will equip and assist Christians and leaders across the Baltic states and beyond.


We exist to serve churches in the Baltics by equipping Christians to discover and live out their purpose in their local communities.


Christ-centred: We are committed to the Christian faith, to serving one another in humility and showing compassion for all people.
Excellence: We are intentional in creating initiatives that raise the quality of our courses and are committed to modelling excellence that inspires our students.
Integrity: We value transparency in our processes, accountability that produces maturity, and reliability that is consistent.
Fellowship matters: We seek to foster fellowship by constantly cultivating at the School an environment where everyone feels welcome regardless of their culture, language or nationality.

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