Josue Hernandez would have never imagined being the religious vice president of PUC’s Student Association his freshman year of college at UC Davis. After he transferred to PUC his junior year, Hernandez changed his major from mechanical engineering to theology. “I knew the ministry would be more fulfilling,” Hernandez says.
Hernandez describes his role in SA as “a fun experience with no stress and a good team.” Coordinating vespers and ministering to different groups on campus, Hernandez integrates his main goal for students in every event he plans. “I want to see individuals mature spiritually, have an open mind, and be able to look at life and faith from new perspectives,” Hernandez explains. His vision for the campus as a whole is to see a diverse spiritual community come together.
Hernandez recently returned from a trip to Silver Spring, Md. for the North American Division Year-End Meetings, where he represented Pacific Union College and the youth of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. For the first time, 15 of voting delegates were young adults from Adventist colleges and universities. Hernandez and his peers shared their voice and voted on issues that ranged from mission projects to women’s ordination. Hernandez saw the experience as a sign of the Church continuing to move in the right direction and its ability to grow with its youth.
Before becoming religious vice president, Hernandez was already fully involved on campus. He has been a life group coordinator, SOL (Student Organization of Latinos) club religious vice president, and a student worker in PUC’s office of alumni relations. Hernandez credits PUC’s small community for giving him the chance to participate in a variety of activities and develop leadership qualities.
Friends describe Hernandez as a humble, effective leader. “He does things out of the kindness of his heart. He likes to reach out and help others,” Makana Kaaikala, a sophomore, shares. Hernandez explained that he sees the ministry as an opportunity to help people and give them a reason to believe.
After graduation, Hernandez hopes to get into youth ministry before eventually becoming a professor. “I’ve really enjoyed my time here at PUC,” he reflects. For now, Hernandez wants to help students deepen their walk with God and learn from others’ spiritual journeys.