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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.

Current Topic


10/14 - Louisiana’s Congressional Priorities

What should Louisiana’s Congressional priorities be?

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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11/14 - Destination: Graduation

How is Louisiana addressing its dropout problem?

Recent Topics


09/14 - Varsity, Inc.: The Business of College Sports

How big a business is college sports in Louisiana?


08/14 - Down the Road: Our Transportation Future

What should the state’s transportation priorities be?


07/14 - Defining “Dangerous”

How does Louisiana determine if someone is a danger to themselves or others?


06/14 - Pot or Not? The Decriminalization Debate (Encore Presentation)

Would a reduction in penalties encourage more usage and lead the state down a path to legalization?

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