NATIONAL HISPANIC AMERICAN
In celebration of National Hispanic American Heritage Month, Redeemer East Harlem will highlight the life and ministry of key Hispanic American Christian leaders who are important to Hispanic and Hispanic American history.
The following resources are a mere sample of many Hispanic leaders, theologians, and histories. Our hope is to encourage you to learn the many ways Hispanic American Christian leaders are shaping our church today.
Be sure to visit this page weekly for new resources.
Get to know Hispanic American Christian Theologians & Leaders (there are many who could be included, so please seek out more!):
Justo L. González (Born 1937 - present) is a retired Cuban-American historical theologian. He is the author of the three-volume History of Christian Thought and is considered an influential contributor to Latin American Theology. Gonzalez attended United Seminary in Cuba and also attended Yale University where he became the youngest to be awarded the historical theology doctorate. Over the past thirty years, he has focused on developing programs for the theological education of Hispanics, and he has received four honorary doctorates.
Virgilio P. Elizondo (Born 1935 - Died 2016) was a Mexican-American Roman Catholic priest, a community activist, and was widely regarded as "the father of U.S. Latino religious thought." Elizondo was the founder of the Pastoral Institute at the University of the Incarnate Word. He was also a co-founder of the Mexican-American Cultural Center. Elizondo was well known for his book, Galilean Journey: The Mexican-American Promise.
Manuel Ortiz (Born 1938 - Died 2017) was a Puerto Rican, East Harlemite who became a pastor, professor, and writer. Ortiz was best known for teaching at Westminster Theological Seminary for 20 years. He was also known for planting and pastoring the urban and multiethnic congregation Spirit and Truth Fellowship, a multiethnic church in Philadelphia. Ortiz had a lifelong passion for urban ministry and was involved in founding several churches and schools in Puerto Rico, Chicago, and Philadelphia.