Jesus calls us to care for both the spiritual and physical needs of our neighbors.
In this episode, Rev. Dr. Carlos Hernandez— director of LCMS Church and Community Engagement (Retired), joins hosts Rev. Dr. Steven Schave, Director of LCMS Church Planting, and Rev. Dr. Mark Larson, Manager of Church Planting in the Mission Field: USA initiative, to explore how assessing needs in the community gives opportunity to share the Gospel.
About Rev. Dr. Carlos Hernandez:
Pastor Hernandez is a life-long Lutheran, who attended Lutheran elementary and high school in Texas and California.
He graduated from Concordia, Portland in 1963, Concordia Senior College in 1965 (B.A), Concordia Seminary in 1969 (M.Div.) serving his vicarage at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Bronx, New York. He also graduated from New York Theological Seminary in 1974 with a Master of Sacred Theology. He received an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Concordia University, Mequon, Wisconsin, 2012.
He served as Pastor at Trinity and Zion, Wheatland and Douglas, Wyoming (1969-1973), Trinity, Watsonville, California (1974-1995), and Trinity, Glen Cove, New York (1995-1999). He also served as Director, Districts and Congregations, LCMS World Relief and Human Care (1999-2017).
He is married to Maureen (née, Remien) since December 21, 1968 and has five grown children and ten grandchildren.
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The “Mission Field: USA – Church Planting” podcast series, provided by The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Office of National Mission, offers a theological background and best practices for launching new congregations and ministries within a Lutheran framework.