The vision for the Hispanic Christian Academy (Academia Cristiana Hispana) came from Rev. Dr. Iosmar Alvarez, pastor of Fuente de Avivamiento United Methodist Church and founder of Global Empowerment Ministries in Lexington, KY. His vision was to provide theological education to train up church leaders to carry forward the gospel of Jesus. He formed the HCA under GEM but his desire to offer this training across the country led him to United Theological Seminary, who could not only provide the online platform for the program but oversee its development as well.
In February 2013 United Theological Seminary signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Global Empowerment Ministries and offered the first two online courses to 17 students from Kentucky. Since then other United Methodist conferences have partnered with United. Students in these conferences are serving as lay pastors, teachers, small group leaders, supply pastors, church planters and church leaders. The robust theological education has taught them Methodist theology and church structure as well as foundation for understanding, studying and teaching the Bible and leading the church in its mission to share the gospel and make disciples for Jesus.