Hispanic Christian Academy

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Director: Dr. Mark Abbott
Coordinator: Erin Gildner
Contact: ergildner@united.edu | 937.529.2382

Spring 2015 Course Offerings:

Our semesters are divided into two periods of 8 weeks, offered back to back in a semester. They are called Fall A and Fall B, and Spring A and Spring B.

Spring A
Theology 102: Introduction to Systematic Theology
Church and Mission 303: Mission: Evangelism, Outreach & Transformation
Ministry 104: Leadership & Administration
Ministry 204: Preaching & Teaching

Spring B
Bible 101: Biblical Exegesis & Hermeneutics
Theology 202: Theological Heritage: Early & Medieval
Theology 302: Theological Heritage: Reformation to Contemporary
Church & Mission 103: Church Life: Nuts & Bolts
Church & Mission 203: Discipleship

Our mission

The Hispanic Christian Academy (HCA), part of United Theological Seminary’s Center for Hispanic/Latino Ministries, is designed to impact the local church by equipping and training Hispanic leaders to serve as lay pastors and leaders. It is a three-year Course of Ministry program taught online in Spanish and English. The basic curriculum includes: Bible, Theology, Church and Mission and Ministry.

The Hispanic Christian Academy intends to:

  • Educate church leaders in foundational knowledge and practical training for ministry
  • Equip and train leaders in Scriptural preaching, teaching, ministry and pastoral care
  • Encourage personal spiritual growth of leaders to mature in Christ
  • Train leaders to equip and train others for serving in ministry
  • Encourage leaders to high standards of integrity

    Our history

    In February 2013 United Theological Seminary signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Global Empowerment Ministries (GEM) to launch the first Regional Online Campus (ROC) of the Hispanic Christian Academy. The HCA had been housed under GEM, with the support of the Kentucky Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. In the spring of that year 17 students from Kentucky took two HCA courses online.

    In April 2013 the Northwest Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church signed an MOU with United, expanding the ministry to more Hispanic lay persons, equipping them for ministry. That fall 16 more students completed their first HCA course.

    The North Georgia United Methodist Conference joined the HCA with the signing of their MOU in November 2014. Their first group of students is scheduled to begin their courses in January 2015.

    NOTE: United seeks to partner with already established church agencies to bring the HCA to their area, forming an ROC (Regional Online Campus). Please contact the HCA Coordinator for more information.

    United Methodist Conference Contacts

    Kentucky UM Conference

  • Rev. Dr. Iosmar Álvarez — iosmaralvarez@me.com
    Northwest Texas UM Conference

  • Rev. Dr. Jorge Ochoa – ochoa@nwtxconf.org
    North Georgia UM Conference

  • Rev. Dr. Juán Quintanilla – jquintanilla@ngumc.org