Hispanic/Latino Ministries

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. Read more…

The Rev. Lilian Lucrecia “Luky” Cotto

Coordinator, Latino Ministries
610.666.9090 ext. 1022

Upcoming Latino Ministries Events
  • October 18, 2019 – FHOS (Full of the Holy Spirit) Latino youth worship celebration (age 12 and up) at New Creation UMC Lancaster, 6 PM. Contact Andres Gutierrez, 717-682-0470.
  • November 15-17, 2019 – National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministries (NPHLM) Encuentro 1 (Encounter 1), St. Paul UMC, Warrington. Contact: Rev. Luky Cotto, 215-470-2229.
  • December 7 – Latino Commission meeting, Holy Spirit UMC Philadelphia, 4 PM
  • March 20-22-2020 – National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministries (NPHLM) Encuentro 2, (Encounter 2), place TBA (Pen-Del Conference). Contact: Rev. Luky Cotto, 215-470-2229.
  • May 30, 2020 – Latino Commission Holy Convocation and Annual Assembly. Contact: Dr. Irving Cotto, 215-470-2234, or Mr. Miguel Pichardo, 717-940-4482.
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.
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

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.

EPA Rapid Response Team on Immigration


Learn more on our Immigration Ministry Concerns webpage

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

Latino Ministries News & Information