Robert Ortega, DD, PE
Rev. Robert Ortega is
Presiding Bishop of the Independent Old Catholic Church Diocese of the
Southwest and Pastor of Holy Spirit of Hope Church in El Paso, TX that his
family founded in May 2002.
He was ordained
priest in 2002 by Archbishop Michael (RIP) of the Catholic Charismatic
Church and was consecrated Bishop of the Catholic Charismatic Church in
After the death of
Patriarch †Michael in February of 2011, the Catholic Charismatic Church
fell into disarray so Holy Spirit of Hope found spiritual cover at the
Independent Old Catholic Church under Archbishop Maurice McCormick.
completed service to his country in 2010 as a Captain (O-6) in the U.S.
Public Health Service, serving as an engineer with the Indian Health
Service on Indian Reservations during the Vietnam era.
Born in El Paso,
TX, he completed Ysleta High School then earned both a Bachelor’s Degree
and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas
at El Paso. He retired from federal government in 2004 after achieving the
rank of a senior executive officer as Acting Commissioner to the
International Boundary and Water Commission.
continues to provide engineering and construction consulting as a
Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas. He continues
committed to Martha who has blessed him with 3 children, 4 grandchildren
and 2 great grands.
Rev. Melissa Ortega currently serves as
Associate Pastor at Holy Spirit of Hope church in El Paso, TX.
Rev. Melissa was ordained
on December 19, 2015 as a priest in the Independent Old Catholic Church by
Most Rev. Robert Ortega, Bishop of the IOCC Diocese of the Southwest.
Rev. Melissa has
undergone extensive biblical training from 1992 to the present. She has led
ministries including bible studies and children’s
She was blessed by
God in September of 1992 with her only child, †Amanda Ann Elise. They were
constant companions to each other for their entire life until Our Lord
called †Amanda home…after giving life to twins James Robert and Jude
ministries closest to the heart of Rev. Melissa are overseas missions. Her
first mission trip was to provide medical assistance to the needy in
Juarez, MX while a medical student. Although encountering disabling lupus
in 1994, she has enjoyed mission assignments to the Azores of Portugal,
Uruguay, the Philippines and Venezuela. †Amanda joined her on most of her
Pastor Melissa was born in 1973 in Yuma, AZ, graduating
from Riverside High School. She maintains her home in El Paso with her
grandchildren James and Jude and 4 cute doggies.
Patricia Letto was Ordained a Deacon in the
Catholic Charismatic Church in 2005 by †Bishop Elias Vaporis.
Patricia married Ned Letto in 1959 and they
have 3 children, 11 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. She came from a Protestant background,
but was baptized Roman Catholic in 1958 in Melrose
In 1976, Pat was baptized
by the Holy Spirit leading to an arousal of her ministry. She
volunteered as a Catechist in Adult Religious Education from 1997 to 2003
at Roman Catholic churches in Virginia and Texas. She has taught and
currently teaching, Adult Religion and Scripture classes in Roman Catholic
Churches in Virginia, Texas and Arizona, from 1997 to present.
Patricia’s spiritual development included
many retreats and seminars, leading to Commission as a Spiritual Director
in 2001. Patricia earned a Doctorate in Divinity in 2010 from Christ The
King Theological Seminary, Inc., in Tampa, Florida, majoring in Spiritual
Patricia’s ministry includes the following:
Director of Birthright, Inc. (crisis center) in Blacksburg, Virginia;
offered and conducted several Retreats in Virginia, Texas, Arizona; leading
a weekly Charismatic Prayer Group in Arizona; leading bi-monthly Women's
Spirituality Group in Arizona; is a Spiritual Director specializing in
Dream Interviews within Spiritual Direction; active in Marriage Ministry in
Arizona (Program FOCCUS: and Sacramental Marriage in the Catholic Church).
Deacon Pat is serving in Sierra Vista,
Arizona area as God provides ministry.
Father David A. Brown
Rev. Father David
Brown currently serves as Pastoral Assistants at Holy Spirit of Hope church
in El Paso, TX.
Father David was
ordained on April 20, 2018 as a Priest in the Independent Old Catholic
Church by Most Rev. Robert Ortega, Bishop of the IOCC Diocese of the
Southwest. He was trained under the guidance of
Bishop Robert at Holy Spirit of Hope church.
energetically and studiously approaches his ministry. He recently added the
Doctor of Divinity and Doctor Divinity in Pastoral Counseling to his long
list of degrees and certifications. His main interest is Christian
counseling as he adds to retirement income by providing counseling to the
design counseling will improve the lives of Children, Individuals, Couples,
Families and Groups. His specialties are:
Addiction Treatment, Sanatorium Priest, Interdenominational Counselor,
Mediation Work, Pastoral Associates Conferencing, Anger Management, Court
Ordered Therapies and Play Therapy for Children.
Father Brown was
born in 1961 in Lubbock, TX and has lived on both coasts
and was raised in Hutchison, KS. Married since 2006 to Terry, they share
responsibility for 7 children and 13 grandchildren.
Father David served
in the U.S. Navy from 1979 to 2003, retiring at the rank of Chief Petty
Elizabeth Ornelas (bio under development)