Hispanic Ministries Coordinating Committee

The committee shall be composed of eight members.  Every effort shall be made to represent all four presbyteries.  They shall discuss Hispanic ministries in the Synod and its presbyteries and engage in dialogue with the Synod and its presbyteries about the nature of that ministry.  The committee:

  1. Will relate to other synods’ caucuses as appropriate regarding Hispanic ministry.
  2. Shall identify opportunities for Hispanic leadership development in the Synod and its presbyteries, and participate in national leadership development opportunities.
  3. Shall encourage the Synod and its presbyteries in carrying out their historic multi-cultural mission work in light of the present realities.
  4. Will designate the leadership to attend the biennial assembly of the National Hispanic Presbyterian Caucus, and will notify the synod executive/stated clerk 60 days prior to the deadline for submission of names required.
  5. Offer and publicize a wide-range of opportunities for education and involvement of people of all ages with regard to border issues and realities, consistent with GA policy and recognizing that people within the synod have multiple perspectives about undocumented immigrants.
  6. Communicate appropriate information and emergent border realities before the synod.
  7. Hold border conferences.
  8. Plan face-to-face mission opportunities which include visits to and conversations with people on the border – in their churches, homes or various work places.
  9. Create opportunities for communication with one another and government officials in pursuit of changes in legislation affecting the border on the state or national levels.
  10. List on the synod website border-related resources available for all age levels.
  11. Staff to the committee will be a staff person who is Hispanic from among the presbyteries or synod, or the synod executive, or a person so designated by the Executive Committee.

Hispanic Ministries Coordinating Committee

TE Joe Keesecker (GC), Moderator
TE Mark Adams (deC)
TE Elizabeth Smith (deC)
RE Lawn Griffiths (GC)
Rosie Mendoza (deC)
TE Tony Aja (SF)
TE Jose’ Olagues (GC)
RE Monika Tellez (SB)