The Rev. Dr. Ernest R. Flores is a dynamic preacher who has been pastor at the Second Baptist Church of Germantown since 1997. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California in History, and a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. He received his Doctoral Degree in the Ph.D. program at Eastern University in Marriage and Family. Prior to coming to Second Baptist, he served churches in New Jersey, and California, preached as an evangelist across the United States and in Mexico, and also taught on the faculties of Azusa Pacific University and Latin American Bible Institute. In Autumn, 2007, Judson Press published a book of Rev. Flores’ sermons called, “Tempted To Leave The Cross.” In addition to the pastorate, he has served as president of the Philadelphia Baptist Association (PBA) Ministers Council, been a member of the PBA Commission on the Ministry, and the PBA Board of Directors. Currently, Rev. Flores teaches as an Adjunct Professor for Esperanza College of Eastern University and for Palmer Theological Seminary in the Eastern School of Christian Ministry. He is on the board of directors for Nueva Esperanza and a member of the Clergy Caucus of POWER, Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild.
It has been said of Rev. Flores that he is diversity personified. He was raised in his father’s Pentecostal church, educated at a Presbyterian seminary, before becoming an American Baptist pastor. He attended public schools K-12, and a private university and seminary. He is Hispanic, was mentored at a predominantly African American church, his first pastoral call was to a predominantly European American congregation, and he currently serves one of the best integrated churches in the country.
Rev. Flores and his wife Deborah, a kindergarten teacher at Community Partnership School in North Philadelphia, have two daughters, Armida age 19 and Rachel age 17.