Meet the new TAC Lay Leader

Date Posted: 6/13/2016

Incoming Lay Leader John Esquivel and his wife, Minerva have been married for 39 years.  Both are lifelong Methodists, having grown up in the Rio Grande Conference in San Antonio.  
Their daughter is a social worker who will be entering the teaching profession with KIPP Academy. Their son and his wife are expecting their first child in July, making. "Grandfather" one of the highest honors bestowed on John. John is a member of First United Methodist Church, Houston.  
He has held several leadership roles (Chair- Ad Board, Chair -SPR, Finance Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, and others) He is currently the Lay Leader for First UMC and is a Lifetime Member of the Ad Board.  Although he is a retired attorney, he remains a semi-professional musician.
John plays bass for the contemporary music band at the Westchase campus of First. John currently serves as President of Justice for Our Neighbors-- Houston; an immigration law clinic which is an affiliated entity with the Texas Annual Conference.  
John is also on the Board of International Leadership Institute (ILI), a faith based organization with strong Methodist roots that provides leadership training for churches around the world.  Last year ILI trained church leaders in over 100 countries.  
He is also involved in numerous civic organizations around the city of Houston. John and his family have been on mission trips to Costa Rica, Guatemala, Navajo Nation, Mexico, Venezuela, Honduras, Peru, Dominican Republic, Cuba,Colombia, Romania, Ukraine, Viet Nam, Thailand and Mongolia.