Monthly Archives: April 2016

Dr. Juan Francisco Martinez to speak at PalmCon 2016

profile-martinez-juanJuan Martínez was named vice president for diversity and international ministries in September 2015, while also continuing as professor of Hispanic studies and pastoral leadership. Since coming to Fuller in 2001, Martínez has served as vice provost, as associate provost for diversity and international programs, and as director of the Center for the Study of Hispanic Church and Community. Among other topics, his current research focuses on the history of Latino Protestantism, Latino Protestant identity, ministry in Latino Protestant churches, Latino and Latin American Anabaptists, and transnational mission among US Latinos.

Martínez joined Fuller from the Latin American Anabaptist Seminary in Guatemala City, Guatemala, where he served as rector for nine years. A Mennonite Brethren pastor, Martínez also has experience in church planting and teaching in both religious and secular venues. He served as director of Hispanic Ministries for the Pacific District Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Church and of Instituto Bíblico del Pacífico, a Mennonite Brethren Bible Institute.

Most recently Martínez has published the books Churches, Cultures and Leadership (with Mark Lau Branson, 2011), Los Protestantes: Latino Protestantism in the United States (2011), Los Evangélicos: Portraits of Latino Protestantism in the United States (coedited with Lindy Scott, 2009), Walk with the People: Latino Ministry in the United States/Caminando entre el pueblo: Ministerio latino en los Estados Unidos (2008), and Vivir y servir en el exilio: Lecturas teológicas de la experiencia latina en los Estados Unidos (coedited with Jorge Maldonado, 2008). He also recently contributed chapters to several books: Hispanic American Religious Cultures (2009), Building Bridges, Doing Justice: Constructing a Latino/a Ecumenical Theology (2009), and Evangelicals and Empire: Christian Alternatives to the Political Status Quo (2008). In addition, he was a regional editor for the Global Dictionary of Theology (2008).

Martínez has published articles in many journals in both English and Spanish, including the Journal of Mennonite Studies,Kairos, Mennonite Quarterly Review, New Mexico Historical Review, Esperanza en Camino, Apuntes, and Direction. Currently he is involved in a research project on Latino Pentecostalism in Los Angeles through the Center for Religion and Civic Culture of the University of Southern California.

He serves on the board of several associations, including Centro Hispano de Estudios Teológicos (CHET), and serves as president of the Asociación para Educación Teológica Hispana (AETH). Martínez is a recipient of a Templeton Grant through USC to study Latino Pentecostalism in Los Angeles.

Leopoldo A. Sanchez to speak at PalmCon 2016

Sanchez_Leopoldo_resizedDR. LEOPOLDO A. SÁNCHEZ M. is the Werner R. H. and Elizabeth R. Krause Professor of Hispanic Ministries. A Concordia faculty member since 2004, he is associate professor of systematic theology and director of the Center for Hispanic Studies.

He received his Doctor of Philosophy from Concordia Seminary (2003) and his Master of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind. (1999). He holds a bachelor’s degree from Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon (1995).

Sánchez’s published work includes Receiver, Bearer, and Giver of God’s Spirit(Pickwick); Immigrant Neighbors Among Us (Pickwick), which he co-edited with M. Daniel Carroll R.; Teología de la santificación (Concordia Publishing House, CPH); and Pneumatología (CPH). He has written numerous articles for books and journals, including upcoming essays on immigration for Secular Governance: Lutheran Perspectives on Contemporary Legal Issues (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company), on pneumatology for Third Article Theology: A Pneumatological Dogmatics (Fortress) and on Lutheran identity forNuestras 95 tesis: A quinientos años de la Reforma (Abingdon/AETH).

As a doctoral student he was the recipient of a three-year grant from the Hispanic Theological Initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts. His primary research interests are in pneumatology (Holy Spirit), Spirit Christology, sanctification, issues in Hispanic ministries (especially immigration) and Trinitarian theology.

In addition to his Seminary work, Sánchez served as the main drafter for The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) Commission on Theology and Church Relations report Immigrants Among Us: A Lutheran Framework for Addressing Immigration Issues (2012). He served as president of the LCMS’ Fifth National Hispanic Convention (2012-15) and is now chairman of Lutherans in Medical Missions, an LCMS Recognized Service Organization.

Sánchez and his wife, Tracy Lynn, have two children, Lucas Antonio and Ana Victoria.

David Kim to speak at PalmCon 2016

glocal+mission+personal+picture2The program for the 2016 PalmCon has been expanded to include David Kim, Mission Director for LINC Houston.

David Kim was born in S. Korea and one of the founding members of FiveTwo and the Cross-Cultural and Multi-ethnic Mission & Church Planting Coach, Trainer & Consultant for LCMS and mission organizations. He was a Mission & Church Planter in Ecuador for 12 years from 1989 to 2001. He is also a co-founder of Renuevo Elementry & Junior High School which currently enrolls 420+ students with 30+ full time staff in Quito, Ecuador. Under his glocal-missional leadership, numerous indigenous and missional churches are being planted, Schools of Theology and Missions/Schools of Glocal Mission are being established, and thousands of pastors/leaders are being trained in Ecuador, USA, Honduras, Mexico, Korea, DP. Congo, Eritrea, Nigeria, India, Nepal, Panama, Nicaragua, and in many more countries Glocally. He also serves as the Mission Director at LINC Houston wherein he serves as supervising and coaching pastor over 25+ mission congregations composed of 35+ nationalities and in 15+ different languages for worship services and leads holistic community outreach & development. As a LC-MS pastor he also serves as a Board member of Mission Administration of the Texas District. He is the owner & founder of He serves as adjunct professor, regional coordinator, and mentor for Center for Hispanic Studies as well as mentor for EIIT at Concordia Seminary, in St. Louis.

He holds a B.A. in Theology through Seminario Nazareno Teológico Sudamericano, Quito, Ecuador and a M.A. in Theology and Culture through Concordia University, Irvine, CA and is certified for pastoral ministry by Concordia Seminary, St Louis. Rev. Kim received his Doctor of Ministry Degree from Houston Graduate School of Theology. In 2001, he married to Juhee Kim in Ecuador.

He enjoys preaching, teaching, guest-speaking, assessing, strategizing, coaching, mentoring, consulting, and training on Glocal-Missions & Evangelism, Glocal-Missional Church Plantings, Leadership Development, Community Empowerment/Development, Holistic Discipleship, Integral Missions (Holistic Ministry), Urban Ministries, Language specific or Multi-ethnic Mission plantings, and Cross-cultural Ministry. You can follow him on Facebook (davidkim.pastor) and on Twitter (@davidkim_), or contact him at

“I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me the task of testifying to the Gospel of God’s grace.” (Acts 20:24)


PalmCon Announcement 3

The second triennial Partners in Latino Ministry Conference (PALMCON II) will soon be here. It is not too late to start making plans to attend as it promises to be a great time for Hispanic ministry workers to join together to share experiences, to learn from the experts and each other and to support fellow laborers for Christ. The conference will start at 1:00 PM Wednesday Oct 19, 2016 and end at noon Friday Oct 21, 2016. The event will be held at the Texas Education Service Center 19 (ESC19) with hotel accommodations at the Hawthorne Suites Hotel on the corner of Airport Blvd & Boeing Ave. The Esc19 is directly across the street from the hotel and both are within walking distance of the Airport.

The conference will feature Dr. Juan Martinez, Vice Provost of the Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena California, as the keynote speaker. Dr. Martinez will discuss significant opportunities and challenges that “majority” churches in the U.S. confront when reaching out with the Gospel to Latinos. He will consider how culture, language, generations, beliefs and faith foundations of the majority churches lead them to faulty Latino ministry approaches.  He will also discuss how these churches can avoid taking a detached or “overlord” approach to ministry by training Christian leaders to serve in the midst of disruptive change. There will be presentations by other speakers, as well, including Dr. Leopoldo Sanchez, Director of the Center for Hispanic Studies, Concordia Theological Seminary, St Louis, Mo. As an attendee, you will have ample time to interact with Dr. Martinez and the other speakers on these issues and to provide your own perspective based on your “on the ground” experiences.

Our sessions will use an interactive learning format –  an environment of moderated inter-communication designed to allow attendees to learn from each other, to share ideas and experiences and to foster networking among Latino ministry workers. It will be an excellent learning and growing opportunity for all conferees; one from which you will surely be able to take home and use some of the ideas and methods that can improve your own ministry efforts. Our committee is confident the take-aways from this conference will yield tremendous benefit to your ministry.

Conference registration is available now through the PALMCON web site ( The schedule of registration and fees as well as hotel accommodations can be found at the same website. The cost for individuals of $200 (couples $300) covers all meals and materials. Hotel costs are not included but as we did in the past, the LHMI will be offering a limited number of scholarships to those who need help to defray the cost of attending. Information on this and other conference details can be obtained by contacting Rev Richard Schlak at  or Mrs. Claudia Calvillo at

Al Diaz