Hispanic

Church Leadership
The Rev. Joel Mora Peña had a unique ministry trajectory, serving as a bishop in the Methodist Church of Mexico, then as a pastor in the Rio Grande Conference of The United Methodist Church. He died Jan. 3, at age 88. Photo courtesy of Meliza Gómez.

Mexican bishop became pastor in the US

The Rev. Joel Mora Peña served as an episcopal leader in the Methodist Church of Mexico before immigrating to the U.S. and leading United Methodist churches as a pastor in the Rio Grande Conference. He died Jan. 3 at age 88.
Faith Stories
Rep. Delia Ramírez Hernández (D-Ill.) was elected Nov. 8, 2022, to serve in the 118th U.S. Congress as its first United Methodist Latino woman. Her husband, Boris Hernández, supports Ramírez Hernández in her political career and in the service that she provides to the communities that she represents. Photo courtesy of Delia Ramirez.

First United Methodist Latina sworn into US Congress

Rep. Delia Ramírez Hernández (D-Ill.) was sworn into the 118th U.S. Congress on Jan. 7. She grew up attending Humboldt Park United Methodist Church in Chicago and has been a leader in the denomination.
Faith Stories
The Rev. Martinez, a founding member of the National Hispanic Caucus in The United Methodist Church and a denomination-wide advocate with Hispanic/Latino people, was elected as bishop in the South Central Jurisdiction in 1992, retiring in 2008. Photo courtesy of the Council of Bishops; graphic by Laurens Glass, United Methodist Communications.

Ask The UMC: Pioneers in Methodism — Bishop Joel Martinez

Bishop Joel Martinez, having grown up in a Methodist family of farm workers, has been a life long advocate for migrant and farm workers in all of his roles of leadership in The United Methodist Church.
Faith Stories
The Rev. Roberto Gómez made a large contribution to Hispanic ministry and The United Methodist Church more broadly as a pastor, district superintendent, agency board member, General Conference delegate, Course of Study instructor and more. He died on May 26, 2022. Photo courtesy of the Gómez family.

Hispanic pastor made large impact

The Rev. Roberto Gómez, who died recently at age 75, was a force in the Rio Grande Conference and beyond, including successfully pushing for a Spanish-language hymnal for The United Methodist Church.

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