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A Bit About Our History

Since its' beginning in 1999, the San Juan Mission system of mission churches has grown from seven members (including Gomez' wife, Leticia, and their three children) in one location to a current number in 2014 of nearly 800 members in eight locations as follows:

2 near Vera Cruz, Mexico with total of 60 members including a new mission that started in 2014
1 in Lomax, AL that has grown to a healthy 130 members
1 in Wetumka, AL with 80 members
1 in Montgomery, AL with 180 members
1 in Mobile, AL with 80 members
1 in Tuscaloosa, AL with 50 members
Finally, the hub of the system, San Juan Mission in Clanton.

"We evangelize door to door inviting people to our services," Pastor Gomez says. "The (Hispanic) pastors in our system are working together for the sake of our people." From its beginnings here in Clanton, Pastor Gomez has trained and sent out missionaries to spawn the additional seven locations listed above. He remains in contact with all seven of the other locations to advise and assist in their missions.

In 2010, San Juan Mission in Clanton moved from the Helen Parrish Activity Center at Clanton United Methodist Church (CFUMC) to its current location in the former Jack Mims grocery store on Second Avenue North. Worship services are held twice a week there. Extensive renovations to the interior of the building were recently completed, as well as a new roof, making the San Juan Mission building a beautiful edifice of worship.

A banner on the front quotes the familiar scripture, Psalm 118:26: Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord. The name San Juan refers to St. John the Apostle. The worship services feature contemporary instruments and music with more Latin flavor, as put by Gomez. Services are held Sundays at 11:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 7 p.m.Visitors need not worry about a language barrier, as several Spanish-to-English translators are strategically placed throughout the congregation as needed.

We want this to be a multicultural church, Gomez says. Gomez said CFUMC has been supportive of the mission throughout the years and that the ministry could not be possible without their support.