Texas Louisiana Hispanic District Girls Ministries - About Us
Texas Louisiana Hispanic District Girls Ministries - P.O. BOX 16279, Houston, TX 77222
About Us
Dr. Melissa J. Alfaro
District Girls Ministries Director
 -B.S. in Biblical Studies – Southwestern A/G University
  -M.A. in English – Texas Woman’s University
  -Phd in Rhetoric- Texas Woman’s University
  -Texas Certified Teacher (Generalist & ESL)
  -Pastor, Educator, Administrator, Author & Speaker
“My life could be summed up in the following words, ‘There once was a girl who lived in a box.’ From a young age I allowed my past, life circumstances, and where my family came from to make me feel less than and as if my dreams could never come true. However, raised as a preacher’s kid, I realized later on that with God all things are possible. Now it is my desire to help young girls realize that with God, ‘their dreams are bigger than their box!’  I live in Houston, TX, alongside my husband, Jay we have the privilege of pastoring the beautiful congregation of El Tabernaculo A/D. We have one miniature poodle who is our furry friend, named Churrito.”
*Fun Facts About Melissa: I love to read! My favorite childhood books are      
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, Secret Garden, and
Little Women.  I love to write and always carry a journal with me in case I'm inspired to write. I love to run and doing any outdoor activity that allows me to clear my head after a busy day. I love to eat chile rellenos, ice-cream, and guacamole...although not all at once :)


Leyinska Alicea-Rodriguez
Teen Girl Ministries Specialist
-B.S.  Human Resources Development 
with Minor in Psychology -University of Houston

"Leyinska M. Alicea-Rodriguez, was born and raised in the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. That's where she began her service in ministry, as a Sunday School Teacher, at the age of 14. Since then, she has also served as a Children's Ministry Teacher, Director of Youth Ministries, and now as a Girl's Ministries Sponsor and TGM Specialist. God confirmed her calling to ministry during her junior year in high school, after praying for direction in choosing a career path. Her passion is to develop girls and young women to their fullest potential, so she is excited and honored to continue that pursuit through Girl's Ministries! In her career, she has focused on developing and facilitating training, and she is looking forward to leveraging her expertise to help develop our Girl's Ministry leaders." 

*Fun fact about Leyinska: In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends, and since she is an animal lover, she also loves getting to play with their pets! She is also engaged and soon to be married!

Mercy Balboa
MPACT Club Specialist
  -Texas Southern- Bilingual Education
  -Instituto Biblico Magdiel Graduate
  -S.E. Houston Sectional Coordinator
  -Ig. Cristian la Vina, Local Coordinator
  -Praise & Worship Leader
“I was born in Houston, Texas and enjoy worshipping our Heavenly Father through music and ministering to young girls. I love spending time with my husband, Jaime, of 15 years, and two of my precious gifts, my preacher to the nations Moses and my little Psalmist—Melodie.  I have been involved in Girls Ministries both past and present at the local and sectional level and am honored now to also work at the district level. I love God with all my heart and thank him for the honor he has given me to serve.”
Fun Facts:  I love to play UNO and other board games with my hubby and kids. I love to play dress up and tea party. I graduated as an Honor Star and am proud of it!



Marisa Ruiz
Administrative Assistant
  -Instituto Biblico (current)
  -Austin Sectional Coordinator (2010-2016)
  -Templo Maranatha, Local Coordinator
  -Templo Maranatha, Church Secretary/Treasurer
  -Praise & Worship Leader


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