Listing of Hispanic Faith Networks
Nationally and by Census Regions


Below is a listing of Hispanic Faith Networks that have an emphasis on community outreach and development. Some of these networks were identified in the course of the Hudson Institute’s Faith in Communities research during 2003 on behalf of AMEN (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 network’s website and/or interviews with its leaders) and a listing of the principal leaders of these efforts, along with contact information.


NOTE:   THIS IS A WORK IN PROGRESS.
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NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

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 of AMEN
Tel. (909) 833-6300
E-mail: jesse@mirandacenter.org
Internet:
http://www.vanguard.edu/gradreligion/index.aspx?id=275

AMEN also has regional representatives:

Rev. Rodolfo Carrion
AMEN-Northeast
10 Margo Court
Suffern, NY 10901
Tel. (917) 975-1197
E-mail:
Internet:

Francisco Colop
(AMEN-Southwest)
International Bible Society
P.O. Box 6447
Austin, TX 78762
Tel:  (512) 926-9611
Fax: (512) 927-1517
E-mail:
Internet:

Dr. Luciano Jaramillo
AMEN-Board of Directors
959 N.W. 106th AvenueCircle
Miami, FL 33172
Tel. (305) 640-1910
E-mail:
Internet:

Pedro Windsor
AMEN-Board of Directors
3058 West Amitage Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
Tel. (773) 227-4673
E-mail:
Internet:

Esperanza USA

Esperanza USA is a network of Hispanic Christians, churches and ministries committed to raising awareness and identifying resources that strengthen the Hispanic community. Esperanza USA, the largest Hispanic faith-based community-development corporation in the country, is intimately involved with serving housing needs for Hispanic communities and creating infrastructure needed to support strong neighborhoods. Through mortgage counseling, financial literacy and capacity building programs, we see firsthand the increased challenges faced by first-time Hispanic homeowners.

Esperanza USA was established in 1987 when the Hispanic Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity, led by the Reverend Luis CortÚs, Jr., saw the need to be proactive to the needs of the Latino community of this city. Like a tree growing stronger and bearing more fruit each year, in 2002 Esperanza expanded its reach, bringing hope to Latino communities across America through national and international initiatives.

The organization has had dramatic impact on thousands of lives and hundreds of organizations since its inception. Its work focuses on five key areas: Community Development; Capacity BuildingWorkforce DevelopmentEducation; and Advocacy, as expressed in the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast and Conference. Through its work, Esperanza USA strives to show God’s love and care by mobilizing and equipping Latino people to serve and advocate for the Hispanic community.

The Rev. Luis A. Cortes,Jr.
CEO Esperanza USA
4261 North 5th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19140
Tel: (215) 324-0746

E-mail: lcortes@nueva.org
Internet:
http://www.esperanza.us/site/c.inKOIPNhEiG/b.5510043/k.BD5A/Home.htm

HABBM, Inc. (Hispanic Association for Bi-lingual, Bi-cultural Ministries)

Lacks description:

The Rev. Daniel de Leon, President of HABBM
Senior Pastor, Templo Calvario Assembly of God
2617 W. 5th Street
Santa Ana, CA 92703
Tel. (714) 834-9331
E-mail:
Internet: no known website

Coalition for Hispanic Ministries (CHM)

Among Friends-Quaker 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.  CHM is part of the North American Hispanic Friends Conference.

Dr. David C. Byrne, Director
Coalition for Hispanic Ministries
P.O. Box 1500, Friendswood, TX  77549
E-mail:
Internet: http://www.institutoalma.org/CHM.htm

Instituto ALMA -Evangelical Friends Church
421 S. 4th Street 
South Houston, TX  77587

Tel. (713) 946-3056
E-mail:
Internet: http://www.institutoalma.org/index.htm


NORTHEAST CENSUS REGION

LPAC’s 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 LPAC’s  annual conference on para-church or church-based community ministry issues.

Ray Rivera, President
Latino Pastoral Action Center (LPAC)
Urban Ministry Complex
14 West 170th Street
Bronx, NY 10452-3227
Tel: (718) 681-2361
Fax: (718) 681-2360

E-mail: rrivera@lpacministries.com
Internet: http://www.lpacministries.com/default.aspx

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 God’s love, hope, and faith to the Hispanic community in the Delaware Valley and Vicinity. The organization’s 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, Executive Director
Hispanic Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity
4261 North 5th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19140
Tel: (215) 324-0746
E-mail: lcortes@nueva.org
Internet: http://www.nationalministries.org/home_missionaries_list_detail.cfm?DID=186

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.

Miguel Dabul, Director
Latino Advisory Team

Tel. (757) 480-5411
Internet: http://midatlanticcompassionministries.org/latino/

Evangelical Association of Hispanic Ministers of Washington, D.C.

Rafael Guevara, President
Pastor, Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal "El Shofar"

Washington, D.C.

Tel. (301) 270-0500

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.


MIDWEST CENSUS REGION

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 Leadership Foundation
1111 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60610
Tel. (312) 850-1650
E-mail:
Internet:

Coalition of Latin American Ministers

This network represents a coalition of 300 churches in Chicago.

Daniel Matos-Real
Address:
Tel.
E-mail: danielecle@aol.com
Internet:

Informal Hispanic Evangelical Network in Chicago

Daniel Alvarez
312-932-0732

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 Chicago’s 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.


SOUTHERN CENSUS REGION

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.

Albert Reyes, President
Hispanic Theological School & Intercultural Leadership Network
8019 S. Pan Am Expressway
San Antonio, TX 78224
Tel. (210) 924-4338
E-mail:
Internet:

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 Central Florida
P.O. Box 721235
Orlando, FL 32872
Tel. (407) 208-0007
E-mail:
Internet:


WESTERN PACIFIC CENSUS REGION

World Vision’s 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 Specialist
3055 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1030
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Tel.
E-mail:
Internet:

World Vision Los Angeles
Tel. (213) 351-1320 x228
E-mail:
Internet:

Let’s Partner Network/Eleazar Partnerships

Let’s Partner Network is the vision of HABBM, Inc. (Hispanic Association for Bi-lingual, Bi-cultural Ministries).   Eleazar Partnerships is the capacity building arm of Let’s Partner Network. Let’s 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
Eleazar Partnerships
4431 Jupiter Drive
Riverside, CA  92505
Tel. (909) 343-0733
E-mail:
Internet: http://www.letspartner.net

Obras de Amor: The Kingdom Coalition

Obras de Amor (ODA) is the community development arm of Templo Calvario, Santa Ana, CA, affiliated with the General Council of the Assemblies of God. Templo Calvario, pastored by Daniel DeLeon, one of the largest Hispanic congregations 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
Templo Calvario
2617 W. 5th Street
Santa Ana, CA 92703
Tel. (714) 834-9331
E-mail:
Internet:

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.

Miguel Batz
9307 Washburn Road #224
Downey, CA 90242
Tel. (562) 869-4050
E-mail:
Internet:

World Vision’s Metro Seattle and Tacoma Hispanic Initiative

World Vision USA 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 Ministries Specialist
World Vision Seattle Tacoma
Tel. (253) 815-2689
E-mail:
Internet: http://www.worldvision.org/8525644B006FF375/0/7701C4BC47A447A888256C0500560D15

The following two individuals are contacts for two of the four local alliances that comprise MEHN:

Jesus Gutierrez, President
Alianza Evangelica del Noroeste
2819 South 208 Street
Sea Tac, WA 98198
Tel. (206) 870-8766       
E-mail:
Internet:

Enedeo Garza, Past President
Associacion Evangelical del Valle de Yakima

12 North J Street
PO Box 126
Toppenish, WA 98948
Tel. (509) 961-7124
E-mail:
Internet:

MEHN also partners with Alianza de Ministerios Evangelicos Nacionales (AMEN) to strengthen and expand its effectiveness in the Northwest.


Sources: 

Hudson Institute’s Faith in Communitieshttp://es.urbanministry.org/listing-hispanic-faith-networks

Sherman, Amy L., Edward Davis and Leanne Higginbottom. National Resource Directory of Hispanic Compassion Ministries. Co-published by the Hudson Institute Faith in Communities and Alianza de Ministerios Evangelicos Nacionales (AMEN), 2003.   See the following websites:  http://www.hudsonfaithincommunities.org

Research conducted by IDEA Ministries / PROLADES in 2009-2010: http://www.prolades.com - http://www.HispanicChurchesUSA.net


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