Paz started as a neighborhood club for Spanish and English-speaking children by
Ilda Thomas, the wife of United Methodist pastor Fred Thomas. The children had fun and learned about
Christ. Gradually, whole families became
involved and the congregation was formed as the First Hispanic United Methodist
church in about 1984, the name Principe de Paz was adopted soon after. The first pastor
was Oscar Ventura. This congregation has
grown and dwindled in numbers several times over the years, but has remained strong
spiritually. The losses in members should be considered a badge of honor. Several times leading members have felt lead by God to get training as lay pastors and
go out to start new faith communities.
Principe de Paz has a vibrant worship with a praise band and occasionally a liturgical dance enhances worship. A fellowship meal follows worship each Sunday. The members love having parties to celebrate important events in the lives of their members and organize a wonderful Vacation Bible School each summer.