18 Hispanic council members named
Baptist Press
October 07, 2011

18 Hispanic council members named

18 Hispanic council members named
Baptist Press
October 07, 2011

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Members of a Hispanic Advisory Council

have been named to work in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention’s

(SBC) Executive Committee (EC), North American Mission Board and other SBC

entities toward “more fully integrating Hispanic Baptist churches into the

total fabric of Southern Baptist life and ministry.”

The 18-member advisory council will be co-chaired by Daniel Sanchez and Bob


Sanchez is professor of missions at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary,

where he also is associate dean of the Roy Fish School of Evangelism and

Missions and director of the Scarborough Institute of Church Growth.

Sena is a Hispanic evangelist and conference leader and a retired church

planting consultant with the North American Mission Board.

The three-year Hispanic ministry initiative is being launched by EC President

Frank Page and North American Mission Board President Kevin Ezell in response

to a request from the Hispanic Consortium, an annual gathering of Hispanic

leaders serving on SBC entity staffs.

The Hispanic Advisory Council’s creation could be followed

by additional ethnically oriented advisory groups, Page said.

Other members of the Hispanic Advisory Council are:

  • Francisco Aular, associate pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Etobicoke,

    Ontario, Canada.

  • Pedro Avilés, director of evangelism for the Puerto Rico Baptist Convention.
  • Elias Bracamonte, pastor of Iglesia Bautista Nueva Vida in Topeka, Kan., and

    president of the National Hispanic Baptist Fellowship.

  • Jason Carlisle, director of Hispanic mobilization for the International

    Mission Board.

  • Yolanda Calderon, writer and conference speaker; California director of

    ConPaz, a ministry of restoration for women; and former recording secretary

    with national WMU.

  • Joshua Del Risco, national coordinator for church mobilization with the North

    American Mission Board.

  • Mike Gonzales, director of multi-ethnic ministries for the Southern Baptist

    of Texas Convention.

  • Luis Lopez, director of Lifeway International & Español for LifeWay

    Christian Resources.

  • Jorge Melendez, Hispanic church planting strategist for the Illinois Baptist

    State Association.

  • Frank Moreno, director of the Florida Baptist Convention’s language division.
  • Salomón Orellana, pastor of Iglesia Bautista El Buen Pastor and Iglesia

    Bautista Luz De Las Nacion, both in Hempstead, N.Y., and president of the New

    York/New Jersey Hispanic Baptist Association.

  • Jesse Rincones, pastor of Alliance Baptist Church and an attorney in Lubbock,

    Texas, and president of the Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas.

  • Daisy J. Rios, an elementary school teacher and pastor’s wife in Bergenfield,


  • Jonathan Santiago, associate director of student evangelism with the Baptist

    Convention of New York.

  • Gus Suarez, professor of church planting at Midwestern Baptist Theological

    Seminary in Kansas City, Mo., where he also is director of the Center for North

    American Missions and Church Planting and the Hispanic doctor of ministry


  • Fermin A. Whittaker, executive director of the California Southern Baptist


In a statement to Baptist Press released during the Executive Committee’s Sept.

19-20 meeting in Nashville, Tenn., Page said the council will assist the

Executive Committee, NAMB and other SBC entity leaders in understanding the

perspectives Hispanic churches and church leaders bring to the common task of

reaching the nation and the world with the gospel.

“The council is representative of the regions of the country and reflects the

cultural diversity of the Hispanic population,” Page said. “Its purpose is that

of consultation, communication and cooperation. It will neither launch nor

execute ministries. Its role is to provide information, insight and counsel to

NAMB and EC staff relative to the special needs and concerns of Hispanic

churches and church leaders in the Southern Baptist family of churches.”

The Hispanic Advisory Council will use surveys, phone conferences, online

communication and personal meetings to gather and communicate information from

Hispanic groups such as the presidents of state Hispanic fellowships, the

National Hispanic Fellowship of Southern Baptist Churches, Hispanic leaders on

state convention staffs, Hispanic pastors and laymen as well as the Hispanic

Consortium, which is an annual gathering of Hispanic leaders serving on SBC

entity staffs.

(EDITOR’S NOTE – Compiled by Baptist Press editor Art Toalston.)