Los Angeles - Spanish
Fernando Tamara is the director and research assistant of The Jesse Miranda Center for Hispanic Leadership, where he has worked since 2001. An Assemblies of God ordained minister, he planted a church, The Way Christian Center, after he earned his BA from Vanguard University (2001, Pastoral Ministries), and served in multiple positions in ecclesial leadership for more than 15 years. He has been serving as pastor of the Hispanic Ministry of Orange County First Assembly of God since 2012. His research and teaching interest focus on the interaction of culture, religion, society, and leadership. Among the issues he explores are theological developments in the Hispanic culture, civic spirituality in the Latino communities, and spiritual movements in religion (particularly the glossolalic phenomenon).
Tamara’s highlighted career took him by surprise when he became the youngest Hispanic pastor to be ordained in the Southern California area. While he studied and completed his master’s degree (2003, Christian Leadership), he performed missionary work in Guatemala and Peru. He was the recipient of several recognitions throughout his academic life, in both undergraduate and graduate programs. His distinctive roles as teaching assistant in the areas of management, leadership, philosophy, literature, and theology at the graduate level have consolidated his foundational principles of morality as educator, researcher, and pastor.
Tamara is also a credentialed school teacher, interdenominational seminary professor, and laity empowerment instructor. He is currently working as Spanish professor at VUSC and also serves as theology professor at The Latin American Theological Seminary and The Latin American Bible Institute (Academic Dean & Spiritual Formation Director, 2007-2009). He is the Southern California representative of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the director of the Hispanic Program, Made to Flourish Pastor’s Network for the Common Good, in the Southern California area, leading three pastoral cohorts in Los Angeles, Orange County and Riverside.
Having been born and raised in Peru, Fernando Tamara is the prototype of a bicultural, bilingual, and bi-vocational leadership, nurtured and shaped in the US.