Rio Grande Annual Conference

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.
Social Concerns
Bishop Joel Martinez. Photo courtesy of the Council of Bishops.

The church is not yet a ‘great multitude’

Sharing instances of racism he saw committed by the church throughout his life, retired Bishop Joel Martinez says we still have much work ahead to resemble the inclusive choir from the Book of Revelation.
Local Church
Bishop Joel Martinez. Photo courtesy of the Council of Bishops.

Daniel Rodríguez left legacy of servant leadership

In a 50-year ministry career, the Rev. Daniel Z. Rodríguez advocated for justice and helped ensure that The United Methodist Church served Hispanic/Latino and ethnic communities.

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