Sam Cintron, Pastor of Worship Arts
Sam Cintron is an accomplished musician and fine artist. As a child he traveled with his family in the United States and Central America for years, writing and recording songs then performed by “The Cintrons” and other well known Christian recording artists. Sam ultimately settled in Jersey City and established what became a premiere art gallery in Jersey City first called “The Palatte” and subsequently called the “Sam Cintron Gallery” which he ran with Liz his wife for ten years. Sam functioned as an art dealer and represented many world-renowned artists, establishing an elite clientele that included national television and movie celebrities, politicians, and entrepreneurs. Sam was called to ministry at Hope Center Tabernacle in 2000. Formally leaving the “art business,” Sam helped to found Hope Center Arts, a ministry that presently is impacting the world. He and his family have faithfully served alongside their senior pastors, Mario and Leigh Gonzalez, from the very beginning of his ministry. Sam now leads a team of approximately 70 artists putting on theatrical concerts, art exhibitions, theatrical productions, and other assorted events through both Hope Center Tabernacle, and Hope Center Arts. He is the art director and set designer for all productions, exhibitions and shows put on by either organization. He is married to Liz, and has three beautiful and immensely talented children, Sam, Jacque and Faith, all of which serve actively alongside their parents in ministry.
Donald St. Hillaire, Pastor of Evangelism
Donald St. Hillaire joined arms with our senior pastor in ministry when he worked as a chaplain on 5th Avenue in NYC back in 1992. Donald and his wife Pamela became the very first “official” members of Hope Center Tabernacle, having church planted alongside their senior pastors Mario and Leigh Gonzalez in Harlem, New York in 1994. The church was then known as Samaritan Christian Assembly. It ultimately merged with Calvary Assembly of God in Jersey City to become what is now Hope Center Tabernacle. From the very beginning Donald headed the church’s evangelism efforts, knocking door to door from one housing project to another in the streets of Harlem, New York with pastor Mario by his side. He and his wife both serve in ministry at Hope Center Tabernacle along with their two daughters, Aveaner and Shekinah, both of which serve in the worship and dance ministries respectively.
Carlos Cintron and Maria Ines Echevarria-Cintron, Spanish Department Pastors
Carlos and Ines are currently Associate Pastors of the Spanish Department of Hope Center Tabernacle – “Hope Center Tabernacle – En Español.” Carlos Cintron comes from a family of musicians who as children came to form the group Los Hermanos Cintron. The Family traveled throughout Central America and later the United States as missionaries, producing albums under the VIDA record label many of which became hit songs in the Christian Latino music market worldwide. Carlos eventually embarked on a successful solo career producing his first solo project, Proximo Nivel, which was released in 2001. Subsequently he released another album called Otra Vez in 2007. Carlos has produced many songs and collaborated in records that have sold hundreds of thousands of copies. He joined Hope Center Tabernacle in 2009 as Assistant to the Worship Pastor. Ines is a CPA and holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration. She has served as the Finance Director for Hope Center Tabernacle since arriving from Puerto Rico in 2008. Carlos and Ines were called to full-time pastoral ministry at Hope Center Tabernacle in 2010 and have been serving alongside their senior Pastors Mario and Leigh Gonzalez in this capacity ever since, preaching, teaching and ministering to the Latino community within the Hope Center. Because of his exceptional musical ability, Carlos additionally serves as Music Director for the Hope Center as a whole, leading a group of amazing musicians and continually training new young musicians in their craft. Carlos and Ines live in downtown Jersey City, and have two handsome and extremely talented young boys, Carlos Isaac and Lucas Andres.
Carlos Lopez, Pastor – Overseeing Singles and Married Couples
Carlos works alongside his wife Gloria (“Bibi”) who is an Elder and the Treasurer of Hope Center Tabernacle. Carlos and Bibi are in charge of coordinating all single and married couples events at Hope Center Tabernacle. They have worked alongside their senior pastors building up the Hope Center from its inception. They established and led the youth group at the Hope Center Tabernacle which came to be known as INO House, raising a generation of amazing young adults who are sold out for Christ and are currently leading critical aspects of ministry at the Hope Center. Carlos works with Pastor Mario as required, helping to facilitate all areas of ministry and handling ministerial logistics for many regularly scheduled church events.
Sam Lopez, Youth Pastor
Sam works alongside his wife Charlie in heading up Hope Center Tabernacle’s Youth Ministry. Sam and Charlie oversee various small groups for teens and pre-teens and are in charge of coordinating Veritas, our collegiate student initiative at the Hope Center. Sam has a passion for youth and it shows. We have seen amazing growth in the youth at the Hope Center, both in terms of our numbers and in terms of the personal spiritual development of the kids themselves. In addition to his responsibilities at the Hope Center, Sam is also the Sectional Youth representative for the Northeast Section of the Assemblies of God, helping to coordinate youth activities for over 40 churches represented within our section. Sam and Charlie live in Jersey City and are the proud parents of a wonderful little girl, Olivia.
Lisa and Andy Travis, Children’s Pastors
Lisa and Andy lead Hope Center Tabernacle’s children’s ministry known as INOKids. Lisa and Andy were called to ministry at the Hope Center and developed our children’s ministry from scratch. All material used for the ministry is written in house and the puppets and characters they represent are original. Lisa left her executive position in the Pharmaceutical industry to dedicate herself to ministry. Andy not only pastors our children alongside his wife, but he continues to work as a tax attorney. The ministry also heads up an amazing vacation bible school program that typically ministers to over 350 children every summer. The children’s program at Hope Center Tabernacle is exemplary in no small part due to the amazing creative gifts and dedication of Andy and Lisa Travis. They both live in Jersey City Heights, along with their seven wonderfully bright and talented children, Andrew, Mark, Taylor, Skyla, Sophia, Nathan, and Derrick.