1912-2000

October 27, 1912, Alahuixtlan, Guerrero, Mexico.

2000, Kansas City.

Reza’s education began at age six in the home of a Protestant pastor, and continued in a boarding school in Teloloapan, and later in Mexico City. Reza became a Christian at age 11 after hearing a sermon by Ruth Delgado. He turned away from the faith as a teen, but was reconciled in 1930. He graduated from the Bible Institute in Mexico City in 1935, and took his first pastorate in Matías Romero, Oaxaca.

Reza enrolled at the University of Pasadena, California, in 1937, received his bachelor’s degree in 1939, and returned to Mexico City in 1935 to open a new church. A few months later, he married Ernestina Tentori.

Continuing post graduate studies in parallel with his pastoral duties, Reza earned a degree from the University of Mexico in 1941. H. Orton Wiley invited him to Pasadena University the following year to teach Spanish and literature. In addition to his responsibilities in Pasadena, Reza was dean and professor at a Bible college in Los Angeles for Hispanic pastors of the Church of the Nazarene in Southern California.

In 1944, the General Assembly of the Church of the Nazarene created a Spanish radio program, with Reza as its director. He moved with his family to Kansas City in 1946 to support that effort. For 23 years, he hosted the radio program La Hora Nazarena, which was eventually broadcast on 700 stations.

In 1980, Reza became founding president of the Nazarene Seminary in Mexico City, guiding it in its early years of development.

Reza’s works include:

  1. ¡Cuán Grande Amor!
  2. El Placer de Mi Alma
  3. Es Jesús Mi Amante Guía
  4. Fe la Victoria Es
  5. Gloria Demos al Salvador
  6. Grande Es Tu Fidelidad
  7. Hay Lugar en la Cruz
  8. ¿Sabes Tú de Cristo?
  9. Santo Espíritu, Sé Mi Guía
  10. Victoria en Cristo