Hispanics are emerging as a major player in the evangelical community as well as society as a whole in America with some 52 million Latinos making up the largest ethnic minority in the U.S., according to a 2011 U.S. Census Bureau report. While the majority of Hispanics is still traditional Roman Catholic, there has been a profound shift in numbers favoring born again Hispanic Christians. Now, evangelicals account for about 35 percent of the Latino population, according to the Pew Hispanic Center, and that number is expected to grow. A study conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life predicts that while more than two-thirds of the 52 million Latinos in the U.S. are Catholics now, that number could decrease by half by 2030.
Pastor Josue Urrutia of Ministerio Mizpa in Arlington, Va., who at age 23 is the youngest board member of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), talked to The Christian Post last week about the influence of Latino evangelicals on American religion and politics, as well as the growth of evangelical Hispanics in the nation.