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2008-02-05 issue:

Church leader Samuel Hernandez dies at 66

by Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference

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GOSHEN, Ind.—Samuel F. Hernandez, 66, of Goshen, died Jan. 3. After planting the first Hispanic Mennonite church in Woodburn, Ore.—now the Iglesia Menonita Pentecostes—he served as pastor of Iglesia Menonita del Buen Pastor in Goshen (1977–79). He also was executive secretary for the Mennonite Church General Board Office of Latin Concerns and served on the Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference Executive Committee. At the time of his death, he was interim pastor of Fuente de Vida in Goshen.

A 1982 graduate of Goshen College, he married Donna Mathison on Dec. 4, 1963. She survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Rachel Rogers, Goshen, and Mary Ellen Hernandez, Chicago; son Sam Hernandez, Livermore, Calif.; four sisters, Consuelo (Tony) Fuentes, Elvira Hernandez and Estella (Frank) Alaniz, all of Corpus Christi, Texas; and Josephine Roman, Goshen; four brothers, Raul (Paula) Hernandez, Corpus Christi, Sisto Hernandez and Isreal (Lupe) Hernandez, both of Mathis, Texas, and Magdaleno Del Bosque, San Antonio, Texas; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Rueben Hernandez. —Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference

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