Iglesia Jesus de Nazaret

This profile was last updated in 2003

Overview

The Iglesia Jesus de Nazaret was started by Reverend Alfredo O. Serna in South Phoenix and has occupied several locations before settling into to its present structure (a remodeled home) in 1980. This church, with services exclusively in Spanish, exemplifies the dramatic growth of evangelical Protestantism among Latina and Latino communities in the Valley. Neighborhood churches like the Iglesia Jesus are among the fastest-growing sections of Christian communities nation-wide; a useful resource for exploring the phenomenon in the Valley is the The Hispanic Protestant Landscape of Mesa, Arizona, an Arizona State University Master’s Thesis in Geography (2002) by John Abiel Benitez.

Activities and Schedule

The main Sunday service starts at 10:30 a.m., with an evening service at 5 p.m. The church also holds Sunday school classes at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays and Youth Group and Bible Study meetings on Wednesday and Friday evenings. Dress is semi-formal, and services include a live band.

Description

A former residence, the church is relatively small: the interior is decorated with a mural that depicts paradise to come. An expanded patio is used for lunch after Sunday services, and a small parking lot was created in the backyard.