Listing of Hispanic Faith Networks
Below is a listing of fourteen networks of Hispanic churches that have some emphasis on community outreach. These networks were identified in the course of the Hudson Institutes Faith in Communities offices research throughout 2003 on behalf of AMEN (the Alianza de Ministerios Evangelicos Nacionales). While most of these networks are Hispanic owned and operated, some are not. The latter represent collaborations between a Hispanic network and another non-Hispanic organization. For each network, you will see a brief description (drawn from the networks website and/or interviews with its leader) and a listing of the principal leaders of these efforts, along with these individuals contact information.
LPACs Association of Church-based Community Ministries
The Association of Church-based Community Ministries is a network of over 55 organizations that have received technical assistance from the Latino Pastoral Action Center (LPAC) or want to network with other church-based community ministry leaders. Membership is $25. Members are invited to specifically designed workshops and LPACs annual conference on para-church or church-based community ministry issues.
Ray Rivera, President
The Hispanic Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity
The Hispanic Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity (HCPV) is an organization of pastors and ministers with a desire and commitment to minister Gods love, hope, and faith to the Hispanic community in the Delaware Valley and Vicinity. The organizations aim includes assisting and supporting its membership in ministry by stimulating ministerial communication, cooperation and fellowship, providing leadership, training, spiritual and technical assistance as well as representation before government entities.
In addition, HCPV seeks to fulfill a vision of "holistic ministry" and improve the quality of life in our communities. Hispanic Clergy will develop and promote community outreach services designed to address spiritual, educational, social and cultural concerns.
Luis Cortes, Founder, Hispanic
Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity
Latino Leadership Foundation
This organization provides specialized training for churches and organizations designed to equip them to engage in effective ministry in the Latino community. Staff and associates provide short or long-term consulting to ministries desiring to engage in more effective outreach or community development in the barrio. The Foundation also assists ministries serving the Latino community to manage government grants received from City, State, or Federal agencies, as well as helping with reporting and administrative duties. The Foundation has launched a 15-month training/leadership development program for a cohort of twelve young pastors/church leaders to encourage their growth as spiritual leaders who can mobilize church-based action for community transformation.
Noel Castellanos, President, Latino
Mid-Atlantic Compassion Network
The mission of the Mid-Atlantic Compassion Network is to link together principal networks that daily serve the poor during their times of crisis. Its vision is to funnel funds and material goods by informing principal leaders across the mid-Atlantic region on the location of their whereabouts, and assisting them in taking delivery. The purpose of the Latino Advisory Team within the Network is to focus specifically on networking Hispanic churches within the mid-Atlantic region. This is still a fairly recent effort.
Miguel Dabul,Director, Latino
Evangelical Association of Hispanic Ministers
Evangelical Association of Hispanic Ministers, Washington, D.C.
Guevara is President of an interdenominational alliance of Hispanic pastors in the Washington, D.C.area. He is part of the Latino Advisory Team for the mid-Atlantic Compassion Network.
World Visions Metro Seattle and Tacoma Hispanic Initiative
World Vision works closely with a regional alliance of Hispanic pastors called Ministerios Evangelicos Hispanos del Noroeste (MEHN) to meet the needs of the Hispanic community in the Seattle-Tacoma area, which is served by more than 300 Hispanic churches. MEHN itself represents four smaller, local alliances of pastors, from the Seattle-Tacoma area, Yakima, Portland, and Vancouver, B.C.
Tito Hinojo: Hispanic
(The following two individuals are contacts for two of the four local alliances that comprise MEHN):
Jesus Gutierrez, President, Alianza
Evangelica del Noroeste
Enedeo Garza, Past President,
Associacion Evangelical delValle de Yakima
MEHN also partners with Alianza de Ministerios Evangelicos Nacionales (AMEN) to strengthen and expand its effectiveness in the Northwest.
AMEN (Alianza de Ministerios Evangelicos Nacionales)
AMEN is a national, multi-denominational faith-based association of evangelical Hispanic leadership. Led by Dr. Jesse Miranda, a professor at Vanguard University in California, AMEN brings years of experience, passion, and vision to help train and mobilize the Hispanic faith community. In Southern California, World Vision and AMEN are working to promote and develop unity among the more than 850 Hispanic churches in the region.
Dr. Jesse Miranda, President
Rev. Rodolfo Carrion
International Bible Society
World Visions La Alianza
This new network represents Latino churches and leaders of the Southern California area. Over 10 denominations and a number of independent church networks are working to launch this new and exciting network committed to the poor. Its focus is on having a tangible impact on area churches at the local level. This is in contrast to AMEN's focus, which tends to be more on a national level.
Martin Garcia: Hispanic Ministries
World Vision Los Angeles
Lets Partner Network/Eleazar Partnerships
Lets Partner Network is the vision of HABBM, Inc. (the Hispanic Association for Bi-lingual, Bi-cultural Ministries). Eleazar Partnerships is the capacity building arm of Lets Partner Network. Lets Partner Network is made up of networks of Evangelical churches and ministries found throughout the Greater Los Angeles region.
Requirement for membership is limited:
· Partner groups must represent a network of five or more churches and/or ministries;
· The churches or ministries must be Evangelical works committed to community transformation.
Eleazar Partnerships is designed to help networks influence and more effectively impact their local/regional area. Let's Partner networks individuals that have the desire to be effective community agents, but lack financial resources and the know-how to write grants, obtain technical information, and the like. Let's Partner brings them together to inform them of available resources. Currently, Eleazar is building relationships with other organizations (not just Latino)--churches, faith-based and non-faith based nonprofits--to bring resources to various regions of Southern California.
Lee de Leon, Executive Director,
Obras de Amor: The Kingdom Coalition
Obras de Amor (ODA) is the community development arm of Templo Calvario, Santa Ana, CA. Templo Calvario, pastored by Daniel DeLeon, is the largest Hispanic congregation in the United States. ODA has a network of over 35 inner city churches committed to outreach work. ODA works primarily with Latino churches referred to as "The Kingdom Coalition. Within the Kingdom Coalition they network with 57 churches or affiliates and with some of the largest FBOs (many of which are not Latino), such as the Salvation Army and Community Action Partnerships.
Eric Adams, Director, Obras de Amor
Unidos Por Jesucristo
This is a growing network of Latino churches (primarily independent) in the greater Los Angeles region. Its goal is to unite and better equip Latino leaders and their churches.
Hispanic Christian Church Association of Central Florida
This network tends to focus primarily on collaborative efforts aimed at evangelistic outreach, although it has engaged in some efforts aimed at providing community servicing programs.
Edgardo Luis Lopez, President,
Hispanic Christian Church Association of Florida
Coalition for Hispanic Ministries
Among Friends churches, CHM is the only organization that links Hispanic groups nationwide and across the continent. Its emphasis is on leadership training, and some of this relates to community development.
David Byrne, Director, Coalition
for Hispanic Ministries
Intercultural Leadership Network
Albert Reyes has been networking in the San Antonio area for past 15 years. He is president of the Hispanic Theological School and founder of the Intercultural Leadership network. The Hispanic Theological School is becoming a hub of Hispanic work in the state.
Coalition of Latin American Ministers
This network represents a coalition of 300 churches in Chicago.
Informal Hispanic Evangelical Network in Chicago
Alvarez is a Chicago gatekeeper who meets with Hispanic pastors from 30 different churches on a regular basis. He is highly respected and is a gatekeeper to Chicagos Hispanic Evangelical community. He is currently working with a group of pastors for fellowship and support; the group has no political agenda. Alvarez helped to found CASA, the largest Hispanic social service agency in the Chicago.