Fires of Evangelism’s roots can be traced back to the Pastors‘ School Conferences held at the First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana during the 1970s. During those years, Dr. Elmer Fernandez attended and graduated from Hyles-Anderson College, and became the first Spanish pastor at First Baptist Church. In 1976, while attending that year’s Pastors’ School, God gave him the vision for the Fires of Evangelism Conferences after seeing over 5,000 people being trained and motivated to reach the lost for Christ.

During the 1970s and 80s God multiplied the small Spanish department at First Baptist Church into a full ministry averaging 1,400 in attendance and having a big day of 3,029. Moved by the burden to see more done for Christ, Dr. Fernandez began traveling to other Spanish ministries to teach and motivate pastors and churches regarding all he had learned and put into practice. Along the way, other godly men joined in on the vision and the Fires of Evangelism ministry was born. 

The main goal of the conferences is training and motivating national pastors and leaders to do more for Christ. Also, to set existing churches on fire for reaching their areas for Christ, as well as encouraging young people to surrender their lives to serve the Lord full-time.This is done by bringing seasoned pastors who are being used greatly by God to share their experience, practices, and zeal for the Lord‘s work with those who may not have had the proper training or perhaps need to be encouraged.

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