Who We Are
Hispanic Leadership Initiative (HLI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit leadership development organization serving as God’s instrument in preparing Hispanic men and women for leadership in His Church, specifically the Presbyterian Church in America.
Our Vision: A culturally-diverse, missionally-driven Presbyterian Church in America embracing Hispanic communities with the transformational power of the gospel of Jesus Christ for the advancement of His Kingdom.
The leadership of HLI is comprised of both Anglo and Hispanic Teaching Elders, Elders, Deacons, and Women of the PCA. Many have mentored Hispanic men and women for leadership roles within PCA churches, and many have planted churches in the Hispanic neighborhoods of Dallas, San Antonio, and El Paso, TX, as well as other parts of the United States. Their understanding of the PCA, Hispanics, and their respective cultures, uniquely qualifies them to lead this vital ministry, and to assist the PCA in reaping this great harvest!
"God is calling us to prepare the next generation of leaders for His church, leaders who are culturally saavy, who are willing to challenge their communities with the truth of the gospel, and who, in turn, will prepare others for ministry."
Las Tierras Community Church
El Paso, TX
Redeemer Presbyterian Church
San Antonio, TX
Sr. Dir Missions,
Park Cities Presbyterian Church
Trans. and Dist. Mgr,
El Paso, TX
Cristo Rey Presbyterian Church
University Presbyterian Church
Las Cruces, NM
Pastor of Discipleship,
Pacific Crossroads Church
Los Angeles, CA
Grace Presbyterian Church
Most ministries trace their beginnings to filling a need or a particular calling of God. The birth of Hispanic Leadership Initiative (HLI) is no different.
About nine years ago, Josh Geiger, planter of Cristo Rey Presbyterian Church in Dallas, TX, along with others in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), sensed the severe lack of trained Hispanic pastors and church planters in PCA churches. Through meetings with Bill Thomas, Executive Director of the Southwest Church Planting Network, and Curt Dobbs, former Director of Missions and Church Planting at Park Cities Presbyterian Church, Dallas, TX, the idea of HLI was born.
Soon, others such as Victor Martinez, Associate
Pastor of Mission and Cultural Engagement at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in San Antonio, TX, and Manuel Padilla, planter and Pastor of Las Tierras Community Church in El Paso, TX, joined with Josh Geiger and Curt Dobbs to form the founding Board of HLI.
Over the past few years, and through God’s blessing and strategic partnerships with the PCA presbyteries, churches, and ministries, HLI has grown significantly. But we have only scratched the surface and look forward to see how God will lead us in serving the PCA in coming years!