For the past twelve years, Grace Covenant has been honored to befriend and share worship space with an emerging Latino congregation in our community. The congregation was initially gathered and continues to be lead by Martin Luna, an Oak Ridge National Laboratories Credit Union Service Officer.
Martin (pronounced Marteen) Luna is a native of Mexico, born in Morelia, Michoacan. He immigrated to the U.S. at age 12 and grew up in California and Florida where he was active in Hispanic Apostolic Assembly churches. In Florida, Martin received a technical school diploma as a Specialist in Office Systems and was certified as an Associate in Theology by the Florida Apostolic Bible College. He and his wife Martha, also a native of Mexico, have two children, Jasmine and Jaden.
The congregation gathers for worship at 1:30 p.m. on Sundays and for study and music on various evenings throughout the week. Services are conducted in Spanish, although the pastors of the church and some in the congregation also speak English. The relationship of Grace Covenant Church and LUAPA has developed into a strong friendship, despite our differences in language, culture, race, and denominational roots. Grace Covenant and LUAPA share one faith in Christ and are a part of the one body of Christ--the church. Enriched by the mutual respect and friendship that have emerged over our years together, we celebrate LUAPA's plans to continue its ministry at 320 Robertsville Road for years to come.