The Hispanic America: Faith, Values & Priorities study is a collaboration of American Bible Society, Barna Group, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and OneHope. The purpose of the study is to shine a light on U.S. Hispanics’ views on the Bible, language, culture, money, economics, family and sanctity of life. The study was commissioned and conducted in summer of 2012.
American Bible Society
Headquartered in Manhattan, the 196-year-old American Bible Society exists to make the Bible available to every person in a language and format each can understand and afford, so all people may experience its life-changing message. One of the nation’s oldest nonprofit organizations, today’s American Bible Society provides interactive, high- and low-tech resources, enabling first-time readers and seasoned theologians alike to engage with the best-selling book of all time.
Barna Group is a visionary research and resource company located in Ventura, Calif. Started in 1984, the firm is widely considered to be a leading research organization focused on the intersection of faith and culture. Barna Group offers a range of customized research, resources and training to serve churches, non-profits, businesses and leaders. Barna Group’s work is relied upon by media, churches and educational institutions for insight into matters of faith and contemporary society. Its public opinion research is frequently quoted in major media outlets, such as USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, Dallas Morning News, and The Los Angeles Times.
National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference the nation’s largest Christian Hispanic organization, unifies, serves and represents millions in the Hispanic Born Again Community via 40,118 member churches by reconciling the vertical and horizontal of the Christian message through the 7 Directives of Life, Family, Great Commission, Stewardship, Justice, Education and Youth.
Founded in 1987 by missionary Bob Hoskins, OneHope is reaching the world’s children and youth with the message of the Bible in a way that addresses specific cultural challenges. In collaboration with churches and ministries—and working with local governments, schools and non-governmental organizations—OneHope has reached more than 775 million young people in 125 countries providing a message of hope and God’s love through children’s magazines, animated films, sports clinics, interactive games, smart phone apps, concerts and more.
Spokespersons Bios (in alphabetical order)
Rev. Dr. Emilio A. Reyes, American Bible Society
Rev. Emilio A. Reyes is vice president for Multi-Language Ministries at American Bible Society. In his 18-year tenure at American Bible Society, Reyes has developed several programs to encourage Bible engagement and support local pastors. Reyes is the host of “Palabra Eficaz” (The Effective Word), a daily radio program broadcast on more than 300 radio stations worldwide. Reyes is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God. He holds a Bachelors of Theology degree from the Latin American Theological Seminary and an Honorary Doctorate in Divinity from Latin University of Theology. Reyes founded three churches: Metro Assembly of God (Spanish-speaking group) in Brooklyn, N.Y., International Christian Center in Oakland Park, Fla., and, most recently, Iglesia Saluz, a virtual community of faith.
David Kinnaman, Barna Group
David Kinnaman is the president and majority owner of The Barna Group, a visionary research and resource company located in Ventura, Calif. He is the author of two best-selling books, unChristian and You Lost Me, which focus on the spiritual lives of teens and twenty-somethings. During Kinnaman’s 17 years at Barna, he has supervised or directed interviews with more than 350,000 individuals and leaders. His public opinion research is frequently quoted from pulpits and in major media outlets such as USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Fox News, Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times.
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez is the president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (Hispanic Evangelical Association), America’s largest Hispanic Christian Organization unifying, representing and serving millions of Hispanic Christians via partnership with more than 40,000 churches. Rodriguez has been a featured speaker in White House and Congressional meetings on Hispanic American issues and justice concerns. CNN named Rodriguez, “The leader of the Hispanic Evangelical movement,” and The Wall Street Journal has identified him as one of America’s 7 most influential Hispanic leaders. By God’s grace, Rodriguez stands today as America’s voice for Hispanic Christianity. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of some of America’s leading Evangelical organizations such as Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, National Association of Evangelicals, Empower21 and Christianity Today. Rodriguez is also the recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award presented by the Congress of Racial Equality. He is an ordained minister of the Assemblies of God and earned his Master’s degree in educational leadership from Lehigh University. Currently, Rodriguez is pursuing a doctorate in Organizational Management and Behavior.
Rev. Rob Hoskins, OneHope
Rev. Rob Hoskins is president of OneHope, a ministry dedicated to making the message of the Bible available to every child in his or her own language in a way that addresses his or her unique cultural challenges. The son of missionaries in Lebanon and France, Hoskins has served OneHope since 1989. An ordained general-appointed missionary of the Assemblies of God church, Hoskins earned a Bachelor of Arts from Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, Calif. He is a recipient of John Maxwell’s Equip Leadership Award, which honors extraordinary ministry leaders. Hoskins also serves on the Board of Trustees at Oral Roberts University.