Hannah Ministries, Inc. was conceived in the heart of Dorcas Hernandez, MS, in 1991 when God called her to the nations. The following is a synopsis of her family’s background and the origin of her spiritual foundation and heritage.
Dorcas’ father, Francisco Hernandez Gonzalez, Apostle, arrived in the Dominican Republic from his native land, Puerto Rico, on July 28, 1930, in response to the call of God. God sent him as one to pioneer the fire of Pentecost in the Dominican Republic. He founded the first Pentecostal Church in the nation, as well as other churches in various cities. The first church he founded was in San Pedro de Macorís, where he also established a Bible Institute. These churches and the Bible Institute later became part of the Assemblies of God denomination. Francisco’s surviving children are Hulda Schooley, Raquel Vasquez and Dorcas Hernandez, the youngest daughter.
One of the first students of the Bible institute Francisco established was the late Pedro Cabrera, Apostle. He traveled throughout the Dominican Republic spreading the Gospel and established about 40 churches in the nation. After migrating to the United States of America, he also established three churches in different states in North America. Dorcas is the late Pedro’s niece. Marta (Cabrera) Contreras, Pastor, Dorcas’ aunt, began to pastor at age 14. The late Ana M. Cabrera, Dorcas’ mother, functioned as a powerful Bible teacher in the body of Christ. Many of Dorcas’ maternal and paternal family members are second and third generation ministers, who function in a diversity of gifts.
The late Rebeca Hernandez de Ortiz, Francisco’s oldest daughter, and her late husband, Luis M. Ortiz, Apostles, founded an international apostolic ministry known as Movimiento Mundial Misionero, Inc. (Worldwide Missionary Movement, Inc.), establishing multiple Bible institutes and over 1,900 churches worldwide, and overseeing nearly 2,000 ministers. Rebeca went to be with the Lord on February 25, 2013.
After a missionary trip to the Dominican Republic in the summer of 1991, Dorcas Hernandez, Dorothy V. Scott and Lillian Mejias birthed Hannah Ministries, Inc. In 1999, when Lillian Mejias retired from Hannah Ministries, Inc.’s Board of Directors, Carolyn A. Quinichett, MA, embraced the vision and was installed to serve as the newest member of the Board of Directors. This multi-
Since 1994, Hannah Ministries, Inc. has sent ministry teams to the Dominican Republic for short-