Alfredo I. Cortez, Jr. has been pastoring churches since 1990. He was initially involved with the Baptist General Conference with churches that had a particular interest in Filipino-Americans in the United States.
In 1999 he founded Church of Hope. The church was incorporated in 2001 and is recognized by the State of California as an independent non-profit ministry.
In 2003, he completed a Master’s degree in Theological Studies through Tyndale Theological Seminary and graduated with highest honors. In September 2007, he finished his Doctor of Ministry.
He is currently working on a Th.M (Masters of Theology) track from Chafer Theological Seminary.
He is happily married to his beautiful wife Corinthia Cortez, and they are blessed with two girls by the names of Alexandria Danielle Cortez, and Emily Elizabeth Cortez. They also have a son by the name of Joshua James Cortez.
Ryan B. Bareng has been serving since the inception of Church of Hope. In 2001, he founded FAB (For All Believers). This ministry was originally placed on BIOLA campus, which offered students the opportunity to learn additional exegetical skills needed to understand the Word of God. The ministry has since gone global in scope and can be found at www.forallbelievers.org. The ministry places a great deal of emphasis on the subject of Lordship Salvation versus Free-Grace. FAB is fond of taking a given passage and carefully analyzing the context and historical background in order to be able to arrive at an accurate interpretation. He is known for his integration of the subject and complement techniques used and taught during church service. These skills enable any Christian to arrive at an accurate understanding of the Bible. When the techniques are applied to the text, commentaries are no longer the primary means of interpretation.
He graduated from Talbot School of Theology with a Master’s degree in Theology. In 2006, he completed a Master’s of Divinity with honors. He was officially ordained by Church of Hope, and then joined the U.S. Naval Chaplain Corps. He is currently serving in Camp Pendleton, CA and volunteers his time at COH/HBI. He is happily married to Janette Bareng, and they are blessed three kids, Ryder Cachuela Bareng, Jacelle Grace Bareng, and Kailea-Joy Bareng.