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Collection 474 Oral History Interview with José E. Hernandez

Identifier: CN 474

Scope and Contents

Oral history interview with José E. Hernandez in which he discusses his conversion; mission work in Spain; ministry in the jails and prisons of Miami, Florida; jail conditions; the work of the South Florida Jail Ministries; the work of the Agape Women's Homes; church/state relations; emotional and organizational problems in Christian ministry. The time period covered by the interviews is 1952-1993.

José Hernandez was interviewed by Paul Ericksen on January 13,1993 at the offices of South Florida Jail Ministry.


  • Created: 1993

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There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Biographical Information

Full name: José E. Hernandez

Birth date: December 13, 1952, in Havana, Cuba Family:

Marital Status: Married

Children: 2 sons

Conversion: Late teens

Education: Florida Bible College, B.A. Theology

North Florida Baptist Theological Seminary, M.A. Ministries

North Florida Baptist Theological Seminary, D .M .Ministries


1974-1976 Athletic director, Little River Elementary School

1975-1978 Pastor, Iglesia Cristiana Espana, Miami, Florida

1978-1981 Independent missionary among college and university students in Grenada, Spain

1981- Religious Coordinator for Metro Dade Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation - oversaw and developed religious programming for all inmates of all religious backgrounds. Coordinated the community volunteers within the eight jail facilities of the county and ministered to the department personnel whenever necessary.

1982- Founder and executive director, South Florida Jail Ministries, Inc.

Ca. 1986- Founder and executive director, Agape Women's Homes, halfway houses for women struggling with drug addiction

Other significant information: Rev. Hernandez was born in Cuba. His family immigrated to the United States in 1961. Parents divorced in 1971.


1 Audio Tape

75 Minutes

Language of Materials


Accruals and Additions

The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by José Hernandez in January 1993.

Accession: 93-5

September 11, 2000

Robert Shuster

Collection 474 Oral History Interview with José E. Hernandez
Bob Shuster
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Roman Script

Repository Details

Part of the Evangelism & Missions Archives Repository

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