World's largest Hispanic Christian organization appoints new leadership to represent growing congregations

The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference added two members to its leadership team as it recently named Dr. Carlos Ortiz as its Spanish Director and Pastor Samuel Velez as its Next Generation Director. 

(REUTERS / Enrique Castro-Mendivil)People pray during a ceremony held by Peru's Christian Evangelical churches with political leaders in Lima, July 30, 2014

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, the president of NHCLC, said Ortiz and Velez will be able to help realize the organization's goal of reaching native Spanish speakers and other groups of people. The two new leaders of the world's largest Hispanic Christian organization have welcomed their new posts, PR Newswire details.

"The NHCLC is committed to reaching new groups of people, including native Spanish speakers and young adults—both critical and impactful population segments," Rev. Rodriguez said. "Both Dr. Ortiz and Pastor Velez will be integral to this vision."

Ortiz, the president of Hispanics Allied for Israel, has appeared at the U.S. Congress as a special guest in the past. He has also participated in meetings held at the White House and the United Nations.

An outspoken advocate for Israel, Ortiz urged the participants of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America's 2015 Christian-Jewish conference to defend Israel. He said God has entrusted the future of the Jewish people unto them and has given them a voice so that they would not be complacent, the Sun Sentinel reports.

Velez, on the other hand, is an associate pastor at the Iglesia Cristiana Misericordia in Laredo, Texas. He also founded the Pursuit Conference, which focuses on the young people, young adults, and faith leaders.

In a statement, Velez said NHCLC aims to encourage and empower the next generation of Hispanic Christian leaders. He said they want Hispanic pastors to respond to their calling and "blaze a trail for those coming behind us," emphasizing that now is the time for the Hispanic community to inspire change in a generation using their gifts.

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