Destino Winter Conference

January 17-20, 2020 — Irvine, California

Each year hundreds of students involved with Destino across the country join staff, churches, and volunteers for a weekend to grow closer to God and celebrate this cultura that God has blessed us with in order to bless others.  Hear teaching from Hispanic and Latino leaders who follow Jesus Christ, reunite with old friends, make new ones, and learn what it means to be a generation that will change the world!

Community Track

In addition to the student conference the Destino Winter Conference also offers a parallel conference for Hispanic and Latino professionals, parents, pastors, community leaders, and Destino alumni. It's a great opportunity for Hispanics and Latinos to unite together under the banner of Christ and bring redemption to a broken world.

Speakers

Rev. Dr. Alexia Salvatierra

Rev. Dr. Alexia Salvatierra is the author, with Dr. Peter Heltzel, of “Faith-Rooted Organizing: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World” (Intervarsity Press) and the founder of the Faith-Rooted Organizing UnNetwork. She is a Lutheran Pastor with over 40 years of experience in congregational (English and Spanish) and community ministry, including church-based service and community development programs, congregational/community organizing and legislative advocacy.  She serves as Affiliate Faculty for the Centro Latino and School of Intercultural Studies for Fuller Theological Seminary as well as Coordinator of a Professional Certificate program for Hispanic pastors and church leaders.  She is also ongoing Adjunct Faculty for various other seminaries and universities. In addition to coordinating the Ecumenical Collaboration for Asylum Seekers, serving on the leadership team of Matthew 25/Mateo 25, and assisting at Hope Lutheran Church, she serves as a consultant (training, facilitating, organizing and leading strategic planning) for a variety of national/international organizations, including World Vision, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and the Christian Community Development Association.

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Joel Silva

Raised between Guadalajara, Jalisco--San Antonio, Texas, and Los Angeles, California, Joel now sees the hand of God at every turn of his life. He became a follower of Jesus during his freshman year at UC Santa Barbara through Cru and experienced a radical transformation and understood that the call of God is an 'all-in' kind-of-call. As leaders poured into him, he was trained up to be a leader in Destino and upon graduation joined staff with Destino in SoCal. Since then, he has married (a fellow Destino alum) and discerned a call to be a pastor after receiving a scholarship to attend Azusa Pacific Seminary. This experience confirmed God's call on his life to become a full-time pastor and he currently serves as Co-Executive Pastor of Light & Life Christian Fellowship--a multicultural church that seeks to reach the lost and send the saved. He enjoys traveling the world, great coffee, quality time with others, bringing joy to others, nerdy-theological conversations, and encouraging the young generation to live an "all-in" life for God. You can follow his musings, love for Jesus, and vicariously travel through him @joelsilvasays.

Conference Schedule

Friday, Jan. 17

3:00pm-8:00pm
Registration

Catalina

7:15pm
Doors Open for Main Session

7:30pm-9:15pm
Main Session

Crystal Ballroom

9:30pm-10:45pm
Familia Groups

Crystal Ballroom, Irvine 1, Irvine 2, Monarch 1, Monarch 2

9:30pm-10:45pm
Community Track

San Clemente

9:00pm-11:00pm
Prayer Room Open

California

9:30pm-11pm
Late Registration

Catalina

Saturday, Jan. 18

7:30am-8:30am
Prayer Room Open
California

8:00am-9:30am
Breakfast with Mentors
Catalina Ballroom

8:00am-9:30am
Community Track Breakfast
San Clemente

9:30am
Doors Open for Main Session

9:45am-10:15am
Main Session
Crystal Ballroom

10:30am-11:30am
Workshops #1
Catalina, Irvine 1, Irvine 2, Monarch 1, Monarch 2

11:40am-12:40pm
Workshops #2
Catalina, Irvine 1, Irvine 2, Monarch 1, Monarch 2

12:45pm-1:45pm
Lunch at Hotel

1:30pm-4:30pm
Day of Outreach
Crystal Ballroom

2:00pm-4:30pm
Community Track
San Clemente

7:15pm
Doors Open for Main Session

7:30pm-10:00pm
Main Session
Crystal Ballroom

10:00pm-11:00pm
Familia Groups
Crystal Ballroom, Irvine 1, Irvine 2, Monarch 1, Monarch 2

10:00pm-11:00pm
Community Track
San Clemente

Sunday, Jan. 19

7:00am-9:00am
Breakfast
Catalina

9:00am
Doors Open for Main Session

9:15am-11:30am
Main Session
Crystal Ballroom

11:30am-12pm
Summer Missions & Staff Opportunities Breakouts
Catalina, Crystal Ballroom, Irvine 1, Irvine 2, Monarch 1, Monarch 2

5:00pm-7:00pm
Summer Missions Dinners

7:15pm
Doors Open for Main Session

7:30pm-9:10pm
Main Session
Crystal Ballroom

9:30pm-11:00pm
Campus/Movement Time
Crystal Ballroom D1, Crystal Ballroom D2, Irvine 1, Irvine 2, Monarch 1, Monarch 2, San Clemente, Suite 1, Suite 2, Suite 3

10:30pm-1:00am
Fiesta
Catalina

Monday, Jan. 18

12:00pm
Check Out of Hotel

“At Destino Winter Conference we did evangelism via a digital outreach. My cousin responded saying she wants to know God personally. It fills my heart with joy knowing that she is drawing closer to God.”

— Monica, CSU Fullerton

“Winter Conference gave me an opportunity to meet fellow believers who had similar struggles in their walk with Jesus. That allowed us to share our experiences and pray for one another—truly an amazing experience.”

— Angel, CSU Fullerton

“Being able to spend time with brothers and sisters in Christ made me feel loved and rooted in community.”

— Emanuel, CSU Long Beach

“Through my time in the conference, I realized that I wasn’t trusting God in a certain area of my life. I was able to pray for and with others who were going through a similar situation.”

— Faviola, CSU Long Beach

Image of Irvine, CA by Azusa Tarn [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons