Rev. Martin L. Espinosa is Senior Pastor of the Ray of Hope Community Church in Nashville, TN, which he co-founded in 1997 with his wife Rev. Dr. Renita Weems. They co-pastor the church together in Nashville. Ray of Hope’s commitment is to be a community church with a global outreach that invests its time, talent, and treasure in kingdom building everywhere. Rev. Espinosa’s particular ministry interest lies in the area of preaching healing and deliverance to people who have been hurt, hindered or left without hope in this rapidly changing world. His passion to see God’s people delivered from personal demons and larger systems of evil that oppress God’s people has made him a highly sought-after preacher and teacher both in and outside the U.S. Rev. Espinosa speaks widely on issues related to family relationships, fatherhood, male sexuality, male-female relationships, childhood sexual abuse, and the relationship between male spirituality and sexuality. He has gained national recognition for his insightful preaching and unambiguous teaching of the gospel.
Raised in a home environment that valued academic preparation for one’s life work, Rev. Espinosa came to the U.S. at 20 years old to study Bible and Theology at American Baptist College in Nashville, TN where he graduated summa cum laude. He continued his studies by earning his master degree of Theological Studies from Vanderbilt University Divinity School where he focused on Homiletics (Preaching) and later did further work on a M.A./Ph.D. in Homiletics and Ethics.
Rev. Espinosa was born and raised on the Caribbean twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago where he received his early education in the Catholic school system. He currently lives in Nashville, TN where he shares his life and his love with Rev. Dr. Renita J. Weems. They have an adult daughter, Savannah Nia.
Rev. Espinosa is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., Mu Gamma Chapter and holds a 5th-degree black belt in Hapkido.