Jesse Miranda, chairman emeritus of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), died Friday night from late-stage liver cancer at 81. In a statement, Pastor Samuel Rodriguez, president of NHCLC, called Miranda the “godfather of the Hispanic/Latino evangelical movement that changed the world.”
In 1992, Miranda founded the Latino Evangelical Alliance, which later morphed and re-emerged as the NHCLC. Miranda led the way in providing holistic national leadership to the emerging demographic of Hispanic/Latino Christians.
“His commitment to Christ—real. His prophetic voice—renewing. His love for the marginalized—relentless,” Rodriguez said. “On behalf of the NHCLC family, we express our condolences to the entire Miranda family. We love you, Brother Jesse. You changed our lives.”
Miranda, referred to by some as the “granddaddy of U.S. Latino Protestantism,” was a consultant to three U.S. presidents on Hispanic affairs.
He earned a doctor of ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. Miranda served as the Assemblies of God supervisor of the Pacific District from 1984 to 1992, overseeing 400 Latino churches. He also served as an executive presbyter with the General Council of the Assemblies of God.
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SOURCE: Charisma News, Shawn A. Akers