Wednesday, October 16th, 2019


6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Free Church of St. John

3076 Emerald St.

Philadelphia, PA 19134


 Join us for the Celebration of New Ministry for the Rev. Jose Luis Memba, Vicar of both the Free Church of St. John and La Iglesia Episcopal de Cristo y San Ambrosio!  (See below for his biographical information.) 

The service will take place at the Free Church of St. John (3076 Emerald St, Philadelphia, PA 19134) and the reception will take place at La Iglesia Episcopal de Cristo y San Ambrosio/The Episcopal Church of Christ and St. Ambrose (3554 N. 6th St, Philadelphia, PA 19140). Clergy are asked to wear White Stoles. 

About the Rev. Memba

The Rev. Jose Luis Memba is originally from Equatorial Guinea.  He was ordained to the priesthood in 2002 in Madrid and received as an active member of The Episcopal Church in 2012 in the began in the Episcopal Diocese of South East Florida.

He is fluent in Spanish, English, and Italian.  Father Memba has a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from Seminary Saint Jose Palencia, Spain; a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from the Urbanian University of Rome; and he completed a Master’s Degree and a Ph.D. in Canon Law from the Lateran University of Rome.  Father Memba is also a Licensed Practical Nurse and a Registered Nurse.  He has certifications in many health related areas, Church and Congregational Development, as well as corporate experience as consulting in marketing and business development and partnership relations.       

Father Memba has been the pastor to more than 4,000 Hispanic families in Florida, serving in the Liturgy, offering Spiritual Support, and assisting immigrants with community orientation and linkages.  He worked in Canon Law in both Rome and Florida for many years, prior to serving in the Episcopal Church. 

Prior to become Vicar of both the Free Church of St. John and Cristo y San Ambrosio, both in Philadelphia, Father Memba was Priest in Charge at Saint Thomas Episcopal Church (Diocese of New Jersey) from 2016-2019; Founder of the Saint Thomas Education Center; and a member of the Standing Committee of the Diocese of New Jersey.

He is married to Rosalinda Ibanez-Memba and together they have a daughter Brodie.