Noel Castellanos | Serving with Christ Among Urban & Undocumented Neighbors

Apr 24, 20160 comments

Noel Castellanos & Graham Hill discuss serving Jesus Christ among urban communities & undocumented immigrants & neighbors. The incarnation is the linchpin of mission today. We discuss developing a passion for urban mission, and for serving among undocumented immigrants, asylum seekers, and refugees. Jesus of Nazareth puts the margins at the center of his love and concern. What would it mean for the church to do the same?

We also discuss the unique qualities of Latino faith. Hispanics/Latinos may surpass the 132 million mark in the U.S. by 2050, accounting for 30% of the U.S. total population.

Noel Castellanos has worked in full-time ministry in Latino, urban communities since 1982, serving in youth ministry, church planting, advocacy and community development in San Francisco, San Jose and Chicago. He is chief executive officer of Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) and was the founding pastor of Chicago’s La Villita Community Church.

In addition to being a popular speaker, Castellanos mentors young leaders across the United States and directs the CCDA Institute, training emerging leaders in the Christian Community Development philosophy. He was appointed to serve on President Obama’s Council for Faith and Neighborhood Partnerships and has served as the chaplain for the Chicago Cubs. He has a deep passion to serve and invest in the lives of leaders committed to serving the poor.

Noel is the author of Where the Cross Mets the Street: What Happens to the Neighborhood When God is at the Center (IVP Books, 2016). He is coauthor of A Heart for the Community and New Models for Urban and Suburban Ministry and has contributed to various other books and publications including Deep Justice in a Broken World, A Heart for the City, and Crazy Enough to Care. He and his wife, Marianne, have three children and make their home in the barrio of La Villita in Chicago.

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