Eastern PA Conference Latino Churches & Ministries

United Methodists in Eastern Pennsylvania reach out to the Spanish-speaking communities by starting new Latino churches. Here is a list of Latino ministries, including contact information for the churches and their pastors.

Doing justice, loving mercy for our neighbors

When 6-year-old “Mariana” came from Guatemala with her aunt and cousin ­this year to join her mother in Warrington, Pa., she got separated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers at the U.S. southwest border in Arizona and placed in detention with other children. And then she got lost in the system.

Her mother, who came here several years ago to escape domestic violence, was frantic with fear. Lacking adequate English skills, she relied on her pastor, the Rev. Lillian “Luky” Cotto, to contact ICE officials almost daily with urgent appeals for updates on their search... Read More

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Latino Commission nurtures faith formation for all

The Eastern PA Conference Latino Commission emphasizes faith formation and leadership development for all ages—from children who attend Latino Week Camp at Gretna Glen Camp & Retreat Center, to adult learners, including the 21 who recently became Lay Missioners in the National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministry, a program of the UMC’s Global Ministries missions agency

Latino Week (Semana Latina) resumes Sunday, June 27, to Friday, July 2, as just one of Gretna Glen’s many Summer Camp events. But Gretna Glen has hosted this popular camp for 40 years. (See “Latino Camp celebrates faith, family, fun” from 2019.) The commission was set to celebrate that remarkable four-decade history in 2020; but the camp was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More

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Immigration Resources

EPA Rapid Response Team on Immigration, Co-Chairs:

Learn more on our Immigration Ministry Concerns webpage

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Hearing a young mother’s plea for mercy

The Rev. Evodia Villalvia, pastor of El Buen Samaritano UMC in West Chester, sought help in October for one of her members, a young Latina immigrant mother whose husband had been detained and then deported back to Honduras... Read More