Patricia Hernandez

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Rev. Dr. Patricia Hernandez began her life in the former Yugoslavia, before her parents, who were missionaries at the time, returned to the United States. Growing up in some of the great urban neighborhoods of Detroit, Philadelphia, and the Capital district of New York state, she developed a deep affinity for and sensitivity towards those who live on the margins of mainstream society. Out of this concern emerged her call to ministry. After graduating from the University of Chicago, Dr. Hernandez studied at Colgate Rochester Divinity School where she received her Masters of Divinity degree. She earned a Doctor of Ministry from Central Baptist Theological Seminary where her dissertation focused on the practices that create access for women seeking to fulfill calls to senior pastoral ministry.With a passion for the spiritual life, she has participated in programs at Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation and Oasis Ministries/Lancaster Theological Seminary receiving certificates in Spiritual Direction and Group Spiritual Direction. She also completed the Foundations for Christian Leadership program at Duke Divinity School and Interim Ministry training with the Center for Congregational Health.

After serving in a ministry with migrant farmworkers, she pastored churches in New York and Pennsylvania before being called to serve the American Baptist Churches of Michigan as the Consultant for Leadership Development. Currently, she serves as Associate General Secretary for American Baptist Women in Ministry and Transition Ministries with the ABCUSA Office of the General Secretary.

More than degrees or position, what is important to her is breaking barriers, building bridges and becoming Beloved Community where all God’s people are able to fully utilize their God-given gifts and fully live out their God-given calls.

In all that she does, she strives to love God and love others as she lives out God’s call on her life, inviting others to do the same.

Posted Articles

A Reflection: For the Love of Jesus

The reflection below was written by Rev. Dr. Patricia Hernandez, Associate General Secretary for Women in Ministry and Transition Ministries, American Baptist Churches USA. Hernandez reflects on a recent visit with a woman in ministry, and the story of love that was shared when they met. Recently I had the opportunity to visit with a […]

ABCUSA Office of the General Secretary Welcomes Inaugural Women in Ministry Intern

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 1/22/19)—On January 7, 2019, the ABCUSA Office of the General Secretary welcomed Rev. Rebecca Driscoll, the first person to be accepted for a new Women in Ministry Internship program. The internship provides a nine-month opportunity for a woman in ministry to serve in a national leadership setting within American Baptist Churches […]

An Advent Reflection by Associate General Secretary Patricia Hernandez

During the 2018 Advent season, weekly reflections will be posted from the Acting General Secretary and Associate General Secretaries of American Baptist Churches USA. Each reflection will be posted prior to the Sundays in Advent. Below is a reflection written by Associate General Secretary Patricia Hernandez. Read the reflection posted for the first week of Advent here. […]

ABHMS, ABWM, ABWIM Collaborate on July Conferences for Women, Girls

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 7/3/18)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS), American Baptist Women’s Ministries (ABWM) and American Baptist Women in Ministry (ABWIM) are collaborating to host concurrent conferences for women and girls in July at Judson University, Elgin, Ill. The three organizations hope to attract women from culturally diverse backgrounds for a weekend of learning, […]

When Your Pastor Departs, Transition Ministries Holds the Key to a Bright Future

Change is inevitable. Churches today routinely face declines in membership and finances. Add to such challenges the departure of a pastor and tensions over ongoing difficulties may ratchet up, according to the Center for Congregational Health in Winston-Salem, N.C. “A pastoral transition is a critical, but potentially fruitful, time for a church,” explains Rev. Dr. […]

A Tapestry of Transformation: Women in ABC Metro Chicago Come Together

For the second year in a row, women in the American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago came together in a new way to listen to each other, learn from one another, and lift up women as leaders. They shared their stories, sang songs, and celebrated the sacred gifts women bring to ministry. Awarded a grant […]

ABWIM Advisory Team Travels “Out of the Box” to Puerto Rico

The American Baptist Women In Ministry (ABWIM) Advisory Team not only thought out of the box, but they traveled “out of the box” to Puerto Rico to meet, learn and celebrate the advancement of women in ministry.  Rev. Pat Hernandez and the Advisory Team (Rev. Jackie Saxon, Pastor Laura Ayala, Rev. Charles Adams, Rev. Steve Bils, […]

You are Created. You are Called. Claim it—and Celebrate!

The blog below was written by Patricia Hernandez, national director of Women in Ministry and Transition Ministries, ABCUSA. This blog, written in early May, is posted as a tribute to Rev. Dr. Veronica Lanier, long time minister, missionary and coordinator of missionary speakers, who died on Wednesday, May 28. We fondly remember Ronny and her many […]