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Reverend Jesus M. Gonzales
Pastor of the Monte de los Olivos Lutheran Church in Metairie

The Rev. Jesus M. Gonzales serves as Associate Pastor of Hispanic Ministry and community Outreach at St. John Lutheran in Metairie, Louisiana. He received the Yes! Literacy Leader Award in 1999 from the YMCA Educational Services of the Greater New Orleans area. Rev. Gonzales helped the YMCA start ESL (English as Second Language) classes in New Orleans and Metairie. In 2000, he received an award from the Young Christian Entrepreneurs, a group which helps young people learn skills to start their own businesses.

Rev. Gonzales received an associate degree from Odessa College in 1975, and then worked in the oil field in Monahans and later for Gulf Oil as senior supervisor. After attending a Texas District convention in 1980, he felt led by God to go into Hispanic Ministry.

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02/16 - Effects of Expansion: Medicaid in Louisiana

How will the lives of those who now have access to health care change?

Special Presentation


12/15 - Election 2015: An Analysis

What strategies did each of the major candidates use during the Governor's race?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

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03/16 - Justice on Hold: Louisiana’s Public Defender Shortage

How serious of a problem is the shortage of public defenders in Louisiana?

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01/16 - Police POV: Body Cameras in Louisiana

What happens when police and the people they arrest have different versions of their encounters?


11/15 - Living Below the Line

What is living in poverty like?


10/15 - Funding the Future: Early Childhood Opportunities

How can improving early childhood programs improve the state’s educational outcomes, workforce, and economics?


09/15 - Agenda Louisiana

What issues will candidates face and where do they stand?

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