The Hispanic ministry of South Alabama Presbytery began nearly 20 years ago, and was “nested” in the First Presbyterian Church of Foley. It began with just a few members from the local Hispanic community, and provided local help in social services such as getting medical care, helping in court cases as well as, on occasion, immigration matters.
In the beginning there were Pastors provided from the Mexican Presbyterian Church based in the Yucatan. Eventually one of the local members was chosen to lead the group, and after training and participating in courses at Columbia Seminary in Georgia, he was duly commissioned as a Commissioned Ruling Elder for our Presbytery, and for the Hispanic Community specifically. Armando Guevara has now served in that position for about 15 years.
The group membership varies somewhat due to the transient characteristics of many of those members from Mexico and other Central American countries, but there is a strong, permanent group that has grown and is now roughly 50 in size. Services are held each Sunday evening and Bible studies are given during the week in members’ homes. We have been blessed with Pastor Guevara’s faith and leadership.