In 1992, Dr. Jesse Miranda founded the Alianza Ministerial Evangelical Nacional or A.M.E.N, the first ever national Hispanic evangelical network. Meanwhile, in 1995, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez joined top tier Hispanic next generation leaders such as Rev. Nick Garza, Rev. Charlie Rivera and others in the strategic coordination and development of a Hispanic Evangelical Next Generation Movement under the canopy of The National Hispanic Youth Congress.
In partnership with denominational conventions where attendance reached close to 10,000 in the Texas Region, Rodriguez led a mobilization conference platform that provided an impetus for the National Hispanic Evangelical Association. Thus, in 2001, these state wide and regional conferences united the statewide associations of Hispanic evangelicals and merged with A.M.E.N to formally present a national voice on behalf of the Hispanic Evangelical Church.
As the daughter organization and the heir of A.M.E.N, the first ever national Hispanic evangelical network, NHCLC stands committed to continuing the legacy of Dr. Jesse Miranda. Today, A.M.E.N is the leadership arm of the NHCLC. Accordingly, as the nation’s oldest and largest Hispanic evangelical organization, the NHCLC exists to unify, serve and represent the Hispanic Evangelical Community with the divine (vertical) and human (horizontal) elements of the Christian message via our 7 Directives of Life, Family, Great Commission, Education, Justice, Stewardship and Youth.
Rodriguez articulated the vision for the NHCLC in a conference at Yale University. "For that matter, we stand committed to reconciling the vertical and horizontal elements of the Christian Cross. A Cross that is Covenant and Community, Salvation and Transformation, Righteousness and Justice, John 3:16 and Matthew 25, Billy Graham and Dr. Martin Luther King. Together we can defend biblical truth, edify a firewall of righteousness and justice in this generation while simultaneously ushering in a New Awakening in the Name of Christ".