Liberty University Strengthens Ties with Hispanic Evangelicals, Adds Online Academy to its Agreement

Lynchburg, Va. (Feb. 22, 2010) — One year after forging an alliance with the nation’s leading Hispanic evangelical organization, Liberty University has renewed its partnership with the group and added its online curriculum, the Liberty University Online Academy (LUOA), to the agreement.

The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) is the largest Hispanic Christian organization in America, representing more than 25,000 churches and approximately 16 million Hispanic Christians. As part of the agreement, Liberty works with the group to promote Liberty University Online and now Liberty University Online Academy for 3rd- through 12th-graders among its member base.

Jay Spencer, dean of Liberty University Online Academy, said the partnership "indicates the level of commitment to and the compatibility of our educational programs with NHCLC’s mission and vision."

Through the development of this partnership, Liberty expects to be the school that Latino-Americans think of when seeking online education from the 3rd grade up.

"Our desire is to see Hispanic born-again Christians mobilized on both the vertical and horizontal planes of the cross, preaching salvation and transforming their communities,” said Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, NHCLC President. “This can only transpire via the platform of top-tier education.”

Rodriguez spoke at a convocation at Liberty in October 2008 and invigorated students with his unshakeable testimony and passion for spiritual revival.

“When our students heard Reverend Rodriguez speak, it was obvious that the NHCLC and Liberty were on the same page,” said Orlando Lobaina, Liberty’s Executive Director of the Study Abroad office. “Our common emphasis on family, faith and higher education make this partnership a natural fit.”

In 2008, after tracking demographic trends, Liberty and the NHCLC both saw a greater demand for higher education among Hispanic evangelicals who, according to the NHCLC, represent the fastest-growing demographic of the Christian church in America and the Western hemisphere.
From the outset, NHCLC chairman Dr. Gilbert Velez called the partnership “historic and prophetic” because it enables Latino children to “study in an environment that resonates with their biblical worldview.”

Dr. Jesse Miranda, Chief Executive of the NHCLC, sees the partnership and the emphasis on education as the primary concern for the Hispanic evangelical community as it fosters next-generation leadership that can holistically live and execute the Gospel.

About Liberty University Online
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