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Mercy Conference: Multiplying Voices
Friday, March 18 - Sunday, March 20
…for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation. Revelation 5:9b
God is multiplying voices to worship at His throne, and those voices don’t speak the same language. In the past months, he has opened two doors for Tenth members to expand the reach of the gospel to the Hispanic and Deaf communities of Philadelphia. The South Philadelphia Immigrants Outreach has been investing in relationships with 90 Hispanic families with a vision for a Spanish language worship service at Tenth. Our newly formed Deaf ministry outreach is seeking to build on Tenth’s years of making the gospel accessible to the Deaf community through American Sign Language translation to welcoming this community into our church family. Do you have a desire to strengthen your cultural competence in reaching out to the Hispanic and the Deaf?
Please come and join us as our speakers, who are PCA leaders in Hispanic and Deaf Ministries, speak to us and challenge us to learn how we as a body can not only be welcoming to these communities but how we can learn about God’s heart for these cultures and think through practical ideas and goals in developing these ministry opportunities.
|6:00pm||Meet and Greet Reception with the Speakers|
|9:00am||Workshop: Bienvenidos—Hernando Saenz|
|10:35am||Workshop: The Cost and Worth of Deaf Ministry—Peter Doerfler and Roddey Caughman|
|12:00pm||Boxed Lunch & Panel Discussion|
|Sunday Worship Services|
|9 & 11am||Rev. Hernando Saenz preaching “All Things to All People” from 1 Corinthians 9:19-23|
|1:00pm||Rev. Roddey Caughman preaching “Go Home and Tell Your Friends” from Mark 5:1-20. Signed by Roz McKelvey.|
|6:30pm||Rev. Peter Doerfler preaching “One at a Time” from Acts 8:26-40 Signed by Rev. Roddey Caughman|
Hernando was born in Bogotá, Colombia, and lived there until he was 15 years old. In 1979 his family immigrated to Miami, Florida where he lived until 1982. From 1982 to 1986, he served overseas in the United States Air Force. He met his wife Debbie, a native Floridian, upon his return to Florida in 1986. Hernando and Debbie were born again under the ministry of PCA pastor Rev. Al LaCour and married in 1990 in Immanuel PCA church in Miami.
In 1992, Hernando and Debbie started attending Christ Covenant PCA Church in Broward County Florida where Hernando began his mentorship under the ministry of Rev. Brian Kelso. He was ordained as a Deacon and served as chairman of the Diaconate until his ordination as a Ruling Elder. In 1995, Hernando accepted a position on the church staff to oversee all the church ministries. From 1998 until 2001 he served as the youth pastor.
In 2001, Hernando was licensed to preach by the Presbytery of Southern Florida. Later that year he planted Iglesia Principe de Paz. in Broward County, Florida. When Hernando left Iglesia Principe de Paz in 2004 the church had a small men’s group, a ladies prayer group, and youth and children ministries meeting on a weekly basis. In addition to that, he was training two men as potential ruling elders.
The Sáenz family moved to Atlanta, Georgia to plant, Grace International Church, a multicultural and bilingual church. Grace International Church merged with Christos Community Church, a bilingual PCA mission church, when Hernando joined the staff of Mission to North America in January 2011 as Hispanic Ministries Coordinator.
Peter Doerfler is a PCA pastor who grew up in New Jersey back when the Giants were a good football team. He has been following Jesus Christ from an early age, and has spent the last fifteen years in Pennsylvania, ten of them in Chester County as an Associate Pastor, and the last five in the South Hills of Pittsburgh where the Lord has used him to plant Redemption Hill Church, which has quickly become a church for both Hearing and Deaf. Pastor Peter has been married to Jamye for 23 years and has three amazing sons. He has his BA in Philosophy from Grove City College and his MDiv from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary.
Roddey Caughman is the Deaf Ministry Director at Redemption Hill Church(PCA) in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is from Orangeburg, South Carolina, where he came to faith in Christ during his senior year in high school. He graduated with his BA in Geography at the University of South Carolina and has his MDiv from Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. He and Becky have been married for nearly 32 years and have two adult sons. Prior to moving to the Pittsburgh area in 2020, they lived 15 years in Rock Hill, South Carolina and also spent two years in Argentina as missionaries to the Deaf with Mission to the World.
Discounted parking is available at the garage on the 1700 block of South Street for each day of the conference. Bring your ticket to the church and stamp it for the discount.