From Prison to Pastor: A Legacy of Hope in Los Angeles
All The Wiser · 58 minutes ·

From Prison to Pastor: A Legacy of Hope in Los Angeles

Somewhere after gang life, incarceration and a stint with a Mexican Cartel, Jose Hernandez felt a stirring in his heart, which would eventually lead him towards ministry and a legacy of leadership and healing in Watts, California. But in order to move forward, Jose first had to make peace with his past, including the suffering and pain he caused others. Today, Pastor Jose Hernandez is a role model and father figure to many young boys in Watts, setting a strong example of hope, dedication and the power of personal transformation.

In this episode:

  • Jose thought the life of a criminal was his fate and never imagined he would live this long.
  • His father abused him and his mother, then abandoned them, which set the tone for a lot of his life.
  • His desire to belong, to be part of something bigger, to be protected because of all those things he was lacking.
  • Learning the cost of being a member in a gang.
  • Becoming the man he vowed he never would be and the journey to his faith.
  • His return to Hope Central Watts, becoming a pastor, and the importance of forgiveness.

Stay connected with Jose:


Facebook: Hope Central Watts

Instagram: @hopecentralwatts

Charity Donation: Hope Central Watts

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