Hispanic/Latino Ministries

Casa del Pueblo Pastor Luki Cotto talks to families at the music school's June 24 student recital, as Program Coordinator Ephraim Cotto listens.Dancers from Nuevo Nacimiento UMC, 2015 Annual Conference.

Latina pastor to lead Eastern PA’s Latino Ministries

The Rev. Lillian “Luky” Cotto is the Eastern PA Conference’s new part-time Latino Ministries Coordinator, effective August 1. She succeeds the Rev. Brunilda Martinez, who had served in that role since mid-2017. A longtime member of Eastern PA’s Latino Commission, Cotto will now work with the commission in a Connectional Ministries staff role to help develop its ministries and relationships with Latino clergy and laity and other conference programs.

Cotto is a local pastor, a missionary with the National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministry and the founder of Casa del Pueblo, a busy Hispanic congregation and outreach ministry at Lehman Memorial UMC in Hatboro, Pa.  She launched Casa del Pueblo 11 years ago, after planting five house churches in neighbors’ homes and securing aid from Lehman Memorial, the conference, family, friends and other supporters.

A native of Guatemala, the Global Ministries missionary is assigned to our conference and appointed to Lehman Memorial’s pastoral staff. Casa del Pueblo’s congregation worships at Lehman Memorial but also has planted a faith community for Sunday afternoon worship and Christian education in Spanish at St. Paul UMC in Warrington, about 6 miles away. Read more…


Advocacy groups urge justice, mercy for immigrants at risk

A Call to Justice and Mercy in Response to Anti-Immigrant Federal Policies

Nine social justice advocacy groups in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference together have issued a formal statement expressing urgent concern over recent law enforcement actions that threaten the peace and security of immigrant residents in our region.

The Call to Justice and Mercy in Response to Anti-Immigrant Federal Policies 
calls on United Methodists to “honor our historic Methodist legacy of commitment to justice and mercy for those who are poor and displaced.” Learn more…


Latino Ministry Resources

EPA Rapid Response Team on Immigration

Co-Chairs

Learn more on our Immigration Ministry Concerns webpage

Council on Latino Plan and Ministries (Latino Commission)
  • Co-Chairs : Rev. Dr. Irving Cotto, icotto@epaumc.org and Mr. Miguel Pichardo  pichardo135@gmail.com

Iglesias Latino / Latino Churches in Eastern PA Conference

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.

Ministerios o misiones/Ministries or missions

IGLESIA METODISTA UNIDA EL BUEN SAMARITANO
Revda. Evodia Villalva
129 S. High Street
West Chester, PA 19382
Phone: 610-692-5190
Pastor: 610-462-3116
evodiavillalva@hotmail.com
Idiomas: Espanol /Languages: Español/Spanish

MINISTERIO EN COATESVILLE
Lenguajes en servicios/Languages: Español/Spanish
Revda.  Evodia Villalva
Pastor: 610-462-3116

MINISTERIO FAMILIA DEI EN ALLENTOWN
Rev.  Manfredo Martínez
1401 Linden Street, Allentown, PA 18102
Cell: 484-554-9935
pastormanfredo@yahoo.com
Idioma: Espanol-Ingles/Languages: Spanish-English

LA HERMOSA LATINO MINISTRY
Rev.  Manfredo Martínez
Bethlehem, PA
pastormanfredo@yahoo.com
Cell:  484-554-9935
Servicios en Espanol/Languages: Español/Spanish

MINISTERIO EN ESTE LEBANON (EAST LEBANON-BETHANY)
Rev. Andrés Torres
510 North Hanover Street
Lebanon, PA 17046
Cell: 717-644-0303
andy4nory.at57@gmail.com
Idioma: Espanol/Ingles – Languages: Spanish/English

MINISTERIO EN READING
501 S 18th Street, Reading, PA 19606
CE.Reading. StMatthews@epaumc.org
Lideres: Mariluz  Rivera &  Virgen  Rivera
(Bajo Pastora Elena Ortiz)
Cell (610) 374-6565
Idioma: Espanol/Languages: Español/Spanish

CASA DEL PUEBLO MINISTERIO LATINO DE LEHMAN en HATBORO
Revda. Lilian Lucrecia Cotto (Luky)
300 S. York Road, Hatboro, PA 19040
215-347-1020 (church)
Cell: 215-470-2229
Church email casadelpueblo@lehmanumc.org
lucreciacotto3@gmail.com
Servicios en Espano/Languages: Español/Spanish and some English

MINISTERIO LATINO EN WARRINGTON
2131 Palomino Drive
Warrington, PA 18976
Lideres Imelda Zúñiga and Andrea Rodríguez
(Bajo Pastora Luky Cotto)
Servicios en Espanol/Languages: Español/Spanish
Pastor: 215-470-2229
Lucreciacotto3@gmail.com
Lider: 267-987-3485
imeynena@hotmail.com

Iglesias Capituladas/Charter Churches 

IGLESIA METODISTA UNIDA CRISTO REY
Rev.  José Tirado
316 Prospect Avenue
West Grove, PA 19390
Phone: 610-869-8945
Cell: 717-989-7384
Tirado112@yahoo.com
Servicios en Espanol/Ingles/Languages: Spanish/English

IGLESIA METODISTA UNIDA ESPIRITU SANTO
Rev. Cesar A De Paz
1441 E. Hunting Park Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19124
Phone: 215-288-0796
EA.Phila.EspirituSanto@epaumc.org
Cesar77760@gmail.com
Phone 617-785-4533
Servicios en Espanol/Ingles/Languages: Spanish & English

IGLESIA METODISTA UNIDA EL MESIAS
Rev. Efrain Cotto, Jr.
3200 N. Front Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140
Phone: 215-739-1212
Cell: 215-883-8866
EA.Phila.ElMesias@epaumc.org
umcelmesias@gmail.com 
Efrain.cotto2@gmail.com
Servicios/Languages: Español/Spanish

NUEVA CREACION
Rev. Ángel M. López
10 West Farnum Street
Lancaster, PA 17603
Phone: 717-393-3035
Cell: 484-597-6686
SW.Lancaster.NuevaCreacion@epaumc.org
churchoffice.ncumc@gmail.com
holyspiritumc@gmail.com
Servicios Español e ingles/Languages: Spanish & English

IGLESIA METODISTA UNIDA NUEVO NACIMIENTO
Revda. Elena Ortiz
1205 East Old Cumberland ST.
Lebanon, PA 17042
Telephone: 717-273-5331
Cell: 717-277-1007
email:Elenaindia@aol.com
Servicios: Español e Ingles /Languages:  /Spanish & English

IGLESIA METODISTA UNIDA LA TRINIDAD
Rev. Esdras Seda
2336 S 9th Street, Unit 2
Allentown, PA 18103-6665
Phone: 610-351-4804
NE.Allentown.LaTrinidad@epaumc.org
latrinidadumc@gmail.com
Servicios: Español & Ingles/ Languages: /Spanish & English


Latino Ministries News & Information