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Young Latino Leadership Development Initiative

For emerging 20-40 year old Hispanic Baptist leaders

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JOIN the Young Latino Leadership Update: 

Email your contact information to and we will give you a complimentary account to amazing leadership resources at RightNowMedia! And we will keep you updated with more resources as they come available.

Proud Recipient of a $50,000 Grant from Duke Divinity!

The Initiative


What we envision.

"The goal of this program is to engage, activate and immerse 15 emerging Latino leaders by providing a personal and professional leadership development experience that is is both culturally-unique and relevant to their Hispanic Baptist culture and calling.”

The Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas will create an opportunity for young Latino Baptist leaders that, over the course of one year, will provide:


  • LEADERSHIP CONNECTION: Will bring together young Latino and Latina leaders in a year-long cohort experience that includes a Leadership Launch Retreat, monthly interactive opportunities, and a Leadership Recovery Retreat. Participants will develop a personal leadership plan and a project that engages a leadership issue in their organization.


  • LEADERSHIP CONTEXTUALIZED CERTIFICATION: Will train and certify the leaders through an in-culture talent development program in collaboration with the Center for Hispanic Leadership. Women leaders will receive additional training through HUELLAS, a new program specifically tailored for Hispanic Baptist women.


  • LEADERSHIP IMMERSION: Will provide a leadership immersion experience that exposes the young leaders to various organizations/leaders related to Hispanic ministry.


What you get.

This life changing experience includes:


    JANUARY 26-29, 2017 / SAN ANTONIO

    The Leadership Connection begins with an intensive multi-day Leadership Launch Retreat. At this retreat the participants will develop a personal leadership plan and a project that engages a leadership issue in their organization.


    You will be trained and certified by the Hispanic Leadership Academy in collaboration with the Center for Hispanic Leadership. CHL Academy Certification is an in-culture talent development program designed for the ongoing advancement of Hispanic professionals. Addressing the Hispanic leader’s challenge of “assimilation and authenticity,” the program teaches participants to leverage their innate skills along with their cultural values. This online training along with monthly conference calls will propel and sustain your leadership development arch throughout the year.


    April or May, 2017 / WASHINGTON DC

    Participants will have a leadership immersion experience that exposes the young leaders to various organizations and leaders related to Hispanic ministry. Some of the organizations intended to be a part of this effort include: Baptist Joint Committee on Religious Liberty, Washington DC, Faith & Education Coalition, National Hispanic Leadership Conference, Texas Baptists’ Christian Life Commission, Austin (ethics, lobbying, etc.).

    DEC. 2-6, 2017 / RIDGECREST, NC

    giving the cohort an opportunity for rest and interaction at the LifeWay Christian Conference Center in Ridgecrest, NC. The Leadership Recovery Retreat will be produced in cooperation with Lifeway Español.

COST: We cover the costs of travel, lodging, meals, books, training and online resources. In other words, you pay with your commitment and hard work to developing yourself as a leader.

The Experience


Congratulations to the following young leaders that will be participating in this historic initiative:


  • Timothy Musquiz - Iglesia Bautista Houston

  • Jorge    Vazquez - Agape Baptist Church San Antonio

  • Elizabeth Encinia - North Dallas Family Church

  • Jaime Cortez - First Baptist Church Athens

  • Karla Cecilia Roque - Iglesia Bautista Emanuel Boerne

  • Ricardo Brambila - First Baptist Church San Isidro

  • Joel Gallegos - Alliance Church Lubbock

  • Eder Ibarra - Calvary Baptist En Espanol McAllen

  • Irene Gallegos - Iglesia Bautista Getsemani Ft Worth

  • Gustavo Serrano - Calvary Baptist En Espanol, McAllen

  • Sabrina Sariles - Iglesia Bautista Getsemani Ft Worth

  • Erika Perez - Iglesia Bautista Jerusalen Pharr

  • Priscilla Rios - Primera Iglesia Bautista de Rowlett

  • Nathan Escamilla - North Dallas Family Church

  • Tony Miranda - South Texas School of Christian Studies

The Candidates
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