Ministering to Hispanics in the Church – Classic

In this classic conversation, Darrell Bock, Miguel Lopez, Ivan Leon, and Michael Ortiz discuss Hispanics in the church, focusing on how the church can better minister to Hispanics

About the Contributors

Darrell L. Bock

Dr. Bock has earned recognition as a Humboldt Scholar (Tübingen University in Germany), is the author of over 40 books, including well-regarded commentaries on Luke and Acts and studies of the historical Jesus, and work in cultural engagement as host of the seminary’s Table Podcasts. He was president of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) for 2000–2001, writes for the Christianity Today’s Places and Space series, and serves on the boards of Wheaton College, Chosen People Ministries, the Institute for Global Engagement, and Christians in Public Service (CIPS). His articles appear in leading publications. He is often an expert for the media on NT issues. Dr. Bock has been a New York Times best-selling author in nonfiction and is elder emeritus at Trinity Fellowship Church in Dallas. When traveling overseas, he will tune into the current game involving his favorite teams from Houston—live—even in the wee hours of the morning. Married for over 40 years to Sally, he is a proud father of two daughters and a son and is also a grandfather.

Ivan Leon

born originally in Argentina. His passion has always been to utilize media to reach Latinos. bachelor’s at Liberty University and masters degree from DTS. Leading Kerux Group, a marketing agency that is dedicated to help ministries, churches, publishers really engage the untapped Hispanic population in the US.
Michael Ortiz

Michael A. Ortiz

Michael was born in New York City to Cuban immigrants. After receiving a law degree from Southern Methodist University in 1988 and developing his practice in Florida, he submitted his life to Christ. Michael developed a hunger for biblical and theological studies. In 2015, he received his PhD in Theological Education from Seminario Teológico Centroamericano (SETECA) following his ThM in New Testament from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2008. Michael currently serves as Chair for the Department of World Missions and Intercultural Studies at DTS. Most of his ministry prior to DTS involved theological education leadership and teaching in Spanish-speaking countries, especially Cuba. While at DTS, Michael served as the initial director of DTS en Español, a department developed to offer master’s level programs to the Spanish world. His primary academic interests relate to global theological education and contextualization. He also currently serves as International Director for the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education and Interim Vice President for the South Central Region of the Evangelical Missiological Society. Michael often speaks at conferences and churches, and he has had articles published in the areas of missions and theological education. He’s been married to Kathy for over thirty years, and they have two adult, married children, and he still maintains a law practice in Florida.

Miguel Lopez

  Teaching pastor at the Heights Baptist Church, responsible for our Hispanic ministry