Girien (pronounced “Gideon”) R. Salazar of Dallas, a Navy veteran, served honorably including oversea mobilizations to Eastern Europe and Djibouti, Africa.
After 8 years of service as a Religious Programs Specialist and honorably discharged from the United States Navy Reserves, in 2018 Girien continued his pursuit of a PhD in Leadership Studies at Dallas Baptist University while also serving as executive director for the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, a national nonprofit that serves and represents the Hispanic/Latino Christian faith community. Girien has served as a professor in Christ Mission College (San Antonio, TX) and Instituto Bíblico Magdiel (Houston, TX).
With over 20 years in nonprofit leadership across Texas, Girien continues his commitment in serving his community in various forms. He volunteers as a board member for the Latin American Heritage Society, and prior to living in Dallas served as president of the City of Houston Super Neighborhood 34, board member for San Antonio Parks and Recreation, and minister at El Tabernaculo Church in Houston. He currently serves as a volunteer minister at Hope City (Ciudad de Esperanza) in Dallas.
In 2019, Girien was appointed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott to serve on the OneStar National Service Commission Board.
He received a Bachelor of Science in Church Ministry (2007) and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies (2013) from Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, TX.
Girien and his wife Esmeralda (Emy), proud Texans, live by values of mercy, freedom, justice, and peace and are committed to raising their daughter in the same spirit. Girien is passionate about the intersection of faith and politics, clergy political engagement, and Hispanic education.