Who We Are

Our Mission

Our purpose is to restore, transform, and empower people who change Cleveland.  We want to leave a legacy of Latinos who are Biblically grounded, social-emotionally stable, financially secure, and academically successful.

OUR Beliefs

Aviva Church of the Nazarene is part of the Church of the Nazarene denomination in the North Central District. We are a Great Commission church. As a global community of faith, we are commissioned to take the good news of life in Jesus Christ to people everywhere and to spread the message of scriptural holiness across lands. Read more about our beliefs here

OUR city

There are over 77,000 Latinos in Cuyahoga County and a growing need for churches that represent the biculturalism of the growing second- and third-generation Latino American. We’ve been called to serve the Metro West region where we grew up.

  • Clark-Fulton: Home to over 11,000 residents and the densest population of Latino residents in Ohio. The population is approximately 64% Latino.
  • Brooklyn Centre: Home to over 9,224 residents. Approximately 32% of residents identify as Latino.

Our team

Lumar Vargas

Lead pastor

Pastor Lumar received her call to preach in a Latino church on the west side of Cleveland at age 14 and wants to live empowering others to follow Jesus. Lumar has been an Associate Pastor, a traveling preacher, and Director of Small Groups. She is completing a Ph.D. in Leadership. Outside ministry, she has worked bivocationally as a teacher, school administrator, and now an instructional coach for TFA.

Emanuel Vargas


Emanuel (Eman) serves in the capacity of Administrative Pastor, but prefers to work behind the scenes. He and his wife, Lumar, have been ministry partners since their youth. Emanuel directs the church’s finance, technology, and is part of the worship team. He plays keys and bass and enjoys programming, video editing, and music technology. Eman has been a Software Engineer for over 16 years. 

Talina Morales


Talina is a songwriter and recording artist. She received her call to ministry at a young age and has been writing heartfelt worship since. Her single, “Llegar” has helped her tell her story of healing and has reached people all over Latino America. Talina desires to take her music to the nations. When she’s not working on music videos or lyrics, she works as a massage therapist. Talina has been a therapist for 10 years.


It takes a network of like-minded people to restore, transform, and empower our generation. We’re not doing it alone! 

Stadia prepares leaders to start healthy churches that intentionally reach the next generation of believers, spreading the hope of Jesus farther than ever before. They provide project management, fundraising training, and business accountability for Aviva Church. 

Bedford Church of the Nazarene serves as one of our partner churches by providing mentoring and financial support.

TKC is a group of like-minded churches working together to SEND and SUPPORT MISSIONARIES and CHURCH PLANTERS to see communities throughout Northeast Ohio renewed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The Galilean Theological Center helps equip our community with high quality Theological training. They provide our members with ongoing Biblical education. 

Neighborhood Family Practice is a local health care provider servicing many Latinos. We partner in providing educational resources to the Latino faith based community.

Building Hope advances the good of the city. Magnifies the mission of Jesus. Unleashes the capability of underestimated people. They help train and equip our launch team.

Individuals and organizations partner with us in three ways: (1) Financial Partners believe and help fund our cause. You can give three ways: (a) Via our online portal here, (b) through CashApp at $AvivaCleveland, or (c) by mailing a check or money order to P.O. Box 360621 Strongsville, Ohio 44136. (2) Service or Resource Partners  help partner in the work of service throughout Cleveland, and (3) Prayer Partners for our ongoing growth. Join our team by contacting Pastor Lumar Vargas at lumar.vargas@avivacleveland.org