Right Reverend Emilio Alvarez, Director of Pastoral Care
Emilio Alvarez is one of the up and coming scholars and commentators on the intersection of religious education and theology in America. As a ministerial practitioner, his nearly two decades of vast experience within the Christian Church world-wide has positioned him well as a prophetic voice, especially within Afro/Latino communities of faith.
A widely sought lecturer and preacher, Bishop Alvarez has traveled to nearly a dozen countries preaching and teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and has worked diligently planting churches for over 18 years. He has presented academic papers at various theological seminaries and universities including Georgetown University, Loyola Marymount University and New York Theological Seminary. As an educator Bishop Alvarez has a strong track record of developing course curriculums and ministerial educational programs for theological seminaries and Bible colleges alike. He is the founding director of the newly developed Certificate in Convergence Studies Program at New York Theological Seminary, a program which trains clergy and laity alike and is the first of its kind in the US.
As a proponent for Christian unity, in 2014, Bishop Alvarez was honored to have been invited along with other Bishops to the Vatican in Rome, to have an audience with Pope Francis around the theme, “The Miracle of Unity.” Afterward, he was elected as the Ecumenical Officer for the Communion, developing strong ecumenical relations around the world with clerics from a variety of Christian traditions, including the Greek Orthodox Church and beyond.
Bishop Alvarez was consecrated a Bishop in the Lord’s Church in the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches, an Evangelical communion which reverences the historic Christian faith and practice of the early church while striving to become relevant within postmodernism. He is the Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese of Christ the King, a network of urban Afro/Latino churches representing 8 states and 6 countries. He currently serves as the founding pastor and Rector of The Gathering Place: Where Love Meets in the city of Rochester, New York. He has also most recently taken a position as the Religious Service Specialist for the Department of Homeland Security at the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility through Jesuit Refuge Services and is also now the Pastoral Care Director at Villa of Hope.
Bishop Alvarez holds Bachelors in Christian Education, a Master of Arts in Religious Education from New York Theological Seminary and is currently completing his Ph.D. in Religious Education at Fordham University in the Bronx, New York. He is member of the Religious Education Association and has been awarded Alpha Sigma Nu, the highest academic honor bestowed in any Jesuit university or college.
Bishop Alvarez is happily married to his wife of 17 years Denene Alvarez and together they have three beautiful children Eli, Siomara and Lucas.