Alfredo I. Cortez Jr. has been pastoring churches since 1990. He was involved initially 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 and has been pastor ever since. The church was officially incorporated in 2001 and is recognized by the State of California. He recently founded the Hope Bible Institute which is under the oversight of Church of Hope.
His educational background includes a graduate diploma from the Institute of Biblical studies and an undergraduate degree from Andersonville Theological Seminary where he received a Bachelor of Religious Education with honors (Cum Laude). ATS officially ordained him as a Baptist minister after recognizing his doctrinal stance.
Earlier this year 2003, he completed a Master’s degree in Biblical Studies through Tyndale Theological Seminary and graduated with highest honors (Summa Cum Laude).
He is a member of he following societies:
He is currently working on a Th.M (Masters of Theology) track from Chafer Theological Seminary and a D.Min (Doctorate of Ministry) track from Tyndale Theological Seminary. Tyndale Seminary awarded him a full scholarship for the doctoral program.
He volunteers his time as a Bible instructor with an online Baptist Bible Institute.
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.
Ryan Bareng has been a close friend to Pastor Cortez since 1995 when they first met. Though at first it was not altogether obvious, Ryan’s desire to serve began to be evident over time. In fact, his passion for the Word was so strong that he began to lead Bible studies on his high school campus.
His desire took hold after watching youth group meetings led by pastor Cortez. He watched as a group of five turned to over fifty in just several months. Amazed with the idea that people do desire for answers to life’s difficulties and impressed that it was a lot of his friends who were receptive to the gospel, Ryan then recognized that God had plans for him. He asked pastor Cortez to mentor him and ever since has had a strong desire to teach.
His thirst for training prompted him to apply at Bible Institute Of Los
Angeles (BIOLA). He is doing well with his studies and plans on
transferring to Talbot Seminary for graduate work.
He is involved with Church Of Hope where he is given an opportunity to teach once a month. He teaches in sunday school as well.
We are very proud of him and are looking forward to watching God’s will unravel before us for Ryan.