39th Biola University Hispanic Conference

"Do Not Live Without Him!": The Importance of the Holy Spirit in Your Life

When Saturday, April 7, 2017, 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
Where Biola University — Sutherland Auditorium
13800 Biola Avenue
La Mirada, CA 90639

Cost and Admission

Tickets are required to attend this event.

$25.00 Early Registration
On or before March 23
$35.00 Late Registration
Between March 23 and March 31
$20.00 Bible classes and recreation for children
4–12 years old

We regret to say special needs children cannot be accommodated.

All churches that register groups must use online registration. If you are an individual attender and for any reason you are unable to register online, completely fill out and mail in the printable registration form.

There will be no registration on the day of the event, only the distribution of your conference materials.

If you have any problems, please call (562) 906-4141 or email hispanic.conference@biola.edu.

The theme selected for the 39th Biola Hispanic Conference is: "Do Not Live Without Him!": The Importance of the Holy Spirit in Your Life.

Keynote speaker Oscar Merlo serves as the founding Director of the Center for the Study of the Work and Ministry of the Holy Spirit Today at Biola University. He is passionate about evangelism, formation and impacting the new generations for Christ. he has traveled extensively through five continents and experienced God’s Missio-Dei (the mission of the sending God) at work in diverse places including Cuba, Tel Aviv, Bissau, Istanbul, the mountains of the Dry Corridor in Central America, local communities in Los Angeles and other places in the global south. He was born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras and raised in Southern California. He attained bachelor's degrees in Psychology/Religion and Philosophy from University of La Verne, a Master of Business Arts in Global Management from Phoenix University, a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies Ethics and is currently a doctorate student at Fuller Seminary. Oscar is married to Lexa and they have two daughters, Priscilla, a student at Pepperdine University, and Danae, a high school wrestler. Oscar enjoys reading, traveling and exploring the gastronomy of the world.

Plenary Speaker

Oscar Merlo
"Who is the Holy Spirit?"
"How is the Holy Spirit Working in the World?"


  • Clinton Arnold: Spiritual Warfare and the Holy Spirit (English with Spanish Translator)
  • Octavio Esqueda: The Holy Spirit: Essential for Ministry
  • Hector Hermosillo: The Holy Spirit in Worship
  • Hugo Garcia: Living in the Spirit
  • Claudia Calderon: Where He Guides Me, I Will Follow Him (How the Holy Spirit Guides Children)
  • Daniel Bustamante: The Power of the Holy Spirit in Evangelism (Acts 1:8)
  • Ken Berding: How to Live in the Spirit (English)

Register Online

The online registration deadline is March 31st. We will not accept registrations after this date.

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Register by Mail

The mail-in registration deadline is March 13th. We will not accept registrations after this date. It must be post-marked no later than March 13th.

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This annual conference is sponsored by Biola University and its graduate seminary, Talbot School of Theology. The conference is for Spanish-speaking pastors, church leaders, and workers from the greater southern California area. The one-day conference includes corporate worship, two plenary addresses by a keynote speaker, and 7 repeated workshops. Additionally, there will be a children’s educational program with Bible lessons and structured recreation (ages 4–12).

The purpose of the conference is to provide an intensive and high-quality educational and training opportunity within the scope of a one-day event, for pastors and Christian leaders from Spanish-speaking, conservative, evangelical churches. Conference themes are chosen to address important issues of concern to the church, to enhance its witness in our contemporary culture. Participants can expect to sharpen their skills and knowledge for more effective ministry.