Lydia Patterson Institute

For almost 100 years, United Methodists have responded to the need for a quality education for those Hispanic students that face tremendous challenges obtaining a quality education. What began in 1913 with Mrs. Lydia Patterson, a Methodist laywoman acting through the Women's Missionary Society of her church, noticing that young Hispanic boys in el barrio had no school to attend began to setup schools in the homes of some Mexican Methodists.  


Her spirit and vision is still alive today at Lydia Patterson Institute where over 400 young men and women, a majority of whom are from Ciudad Juarez, continue to be educated in a challenging academic environment while being nurtured in Christian values. LPI was one of the first schools in the US to emphasize the teaching of English as a Second Language in 1921 and to then merge students into the appropriate grade level to put them on the path toward graduation from high school.


For several years, the North Texas Conference has partnered with Lydia Patterson Institute to provide summer internship experiences for LPI students interested in ministry in local churches. Students spend their summer living with host families and participating in various church leadership roles. Past interns have helped lead children's programs, assisted with community outreach and missions ministries, participated in youth mission trips, assisted in worship leadership, and other ministry experiences. If your church is interested in hosting an LPI intern, please contact:


Richard Hearne

Director of Development, Lydia Patterson Institute

rbhearne42@gmail.com