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Died: Jesse Miranda, Hispanic Evangelicals’ Bridge-Builder

The ministry founder, educator, and Assemblies of God leader elevated the voices of his community and paved the way for future leaders.
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Died: Jesse Miranda, Hispanic Evangelicals’ Bridge-Builder
Image: Courtesy of Vanguard University
Jesse Miranda is pictured with Itzel Calleja-Macias, assistant professor of biology and director of the Jesse Miranda Center for Hispanic Leadership, along with Vanguard students who receive educational support through the Center.

Jesse Miranda, a Pentecostal leader and the “granddaddy of US Latino Protestantism,” died last Friday at the age of 82.

Several weeks ago, Miranda learned that he had inoperable B-cell lymphoma and entered hospice care.

As founder of the National Alliance of Evangelical Ministries (AMEN, Alianza de Ministerios Evangélicos Nacionales) and then executive director of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), Miranda was known for bringing together Latino leaders and elevating their voices within American evangelicalism.

A 2002 CT profile called him “the primary visionary uniting disparate US Hispanic evangelicals” and praised his “reputation as a sharp listener and bridge-builder who has put his vision, imagination, and wit to the service of the Latino church.”

“His commitment to Christ, real. His prophetic voice, renewing. His love for the marginalized, relentless,” wrote current NHCLC president (and a CT board member) ...

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