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Minerva Náñez Garza – A Methodist Leader in the Hispanic Community

Minerva Náñez Garza – A Methodist Leader in the Hispanic Community
Minerva Nanez Garza

Minerva Náñez Garza was born in Moncolova, Coahuila, Mexico. From 1952-56 she was president of the Rio Grande Conference of the Woman’s Society of Christian Service – the precursor of United Methodist Women. Garza was the first person from the Rio Grande Conference to attend the South Central Jurisdiction School of Missions, and she went on to direct both her district’s and her conference’s first School of Christian Mission. She also holds degrees from the College of Mines in El Paso and the Tennessee Christian University.

For 26 years, from 1944-1970, Garza was an officer of the Rio Grande Conference, and as president of the conference introduced programs that are still held today, including Women’s Day and the Mother-Daughter Banquet.

Her work with United Methodist Women did not let up, and in 1983 she chaired the committee for the anniversary celebration of United Methodist Women. Garza was a prolific writer, and wrote for her church’s centennial celebration along with history and anniversary materials for United Methodist Women. For the National Historians’ Assembly she wrote a dissertation on “The Influence of Methodism on the Hispanic Woman.”

She was a director of the Women’s Department, Council of Hispanic American Ministries; vice president of Church Women United in Texas; president of Union Femenil Christiana de Texas; vice president of the Conference Historical Society, and more. Garza passed away on April 4, 2009, in San Antonio, Texas.

Excerpted from They Went Out Not Knowing – 100 Women in Mission.

Posted or updated: 10/9/2019 12:00:00 AM

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