REVEREND JOE HERNANDEZ
Joe Hernandez grew up in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx where he attended local schools. His parents lived out a godly life and taught him the fear of the Lord. It was during his college years at Franklin and Marshall College (’95) that he made a firm commitment to follow Jesus through the ministry of Inter varsity Christian Fellowship.
He first went to Fordham Manor Church in 1995 after college and became a member. As a member he has served in the Young Adults ministry, as a deacon, an elder, Assistant Pastor (Feb 09) and most recently Senior Pastor (April 2012). The Lord gave Joe the opportunity to work full-time at Fordham Manor since February of 2005.
Joe met his lovely wife Jessica at Fordham Manor and have been married since 2001. Joe is also a proud alumnus of Alliance Theological Seminary (M.Div – ’10) and is candidate for ordination as a minister of Word and Sacrament in the Reformed Church in America.
More than anything Joe is committed to seeing more people meet and know Jesus Christ
Assistant Pastor Of Worship
Olga Rodriguez Figueroa came to Fordham Manor Reformed Church in 1994 in search of multicultural church. She found that at FMRC and fell in love with the people and the Kingsbridge community. As a member, she has served as a Worship Leader, Choir Director, a Deacon and Elder. She is currently serving as Assistant Pastor.
Olga is married to Peter Figueroa and has a daughter, Lauren Figueroa. A graduate of Baruch College and currently working full-time for the NYC Department of Education as a School Placement Officer.
PASTOR VINCENT HARRIS
Born and raised in New York City, Vincent came to faith at age 17. He is a graduate of Lehman College (CUNY) where he met his wife Vivian.
Together they bagan attending Fordham Manor Reformed Church (FMC) in 1981 and were married in the church in '82. They had the privilege of serving at FMC during its dramatic resurgence in the 80's & 90's.
Vincent has served at FMC in a wide variety of ministries including building & grounds, evangelism, youth ministry, worship, teaching, deacon and elder.
He and Vivian also played guitar in several Christ-centered rock bands. This gave them the opportunity to share their music at churches, coffee houses , secular rock clubs, festivals and on live radio.
Sensing God's call to pastoral ministry, he earned his Master of Divinity at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. He is currently a candidate for ordination as minister of Word and Sacrament in the Reformed Church in America. He and his wife look forward to planting a new church in New York City.
PASTOR IRVING RIVERA
Senior Pastor of Fordham Manor Reformed Church from 1978 to April 2012
Pastor Irving Rivera was the Senior Pastor of Fordham Manor for 33 years. When Pastor Irving came to FMC in 1978, the church was on the verge of closing. His early years were filled with trials but the Lord sustained him and his family and soon brought new members and leaders to fill the pews.
Through the gifting that God gave him, Pastor Irving led a Spirit-filled revival of the church through the late 80’s and 90’s. Pastor Irving leaves for a full time Pastor position at Meadow Hill Reformed Church in Newburgh, NY.
Fordham Manor will continue Pastor Irving’s legacy of preaching the full gospel with love and humor. We are grateful to have had him as our Senior Pastor and are excited for him as he continues his journey with his family in another church.