A two year course for Hispanic, Latino, and Latina clergy and church leaders.


Hispanic Ministry Certificate (HMC) is a unique program is offered by Calvin Theological Seminary in partnership with GOH, and is led by Dr. Mariano Avila, Professor of New Testament at the seminary. It opens doors of formal theological training to students who have not otherwise had the opportunity.

HMC students are already pastoring churches, some for many years, so they have experience, but may not have a theological education. During the first year, the Iglesias de Esperanza (Churches of Hope) program comes alongside HMC students to teach classes in Spanish grammar and academic writing, computer and internet use, as well as study skills. The second year, they teach English classes. Although all HMC classes are taught in Spanish, deepening students’ English skills helps them in their paid jobs, as most of these pastors work outside of the church. HMC helps strengthen their communication within the greater Grand Rapids community. Furthermore, it makes it possible for them to continue taking seminary classes after they have graduated from this program.

Together, each cohort studies the book of Ephesians, which focuses on the unity of the church and encourages and inspires students to come together as leaders, to trust each other, and to share resources – so the fruits of the HMC program expand far beyond theological and administrative skills.