Born in Orlando, Florida on September 5th, 1984, Nilsa Alvarez was raised in a Christian household with her family from Puerto Rico. At an early age, she was proactive in evangelism, youth leadership, ministry training, worship leading, and missions to over 7 countries. At the age of 17, she became the producer and radio host of “Genex”, the first Hispanic Christian Youth Radio Show in South Florida on La Nueva 88.3 FM. She then married Pastor Gerardo Alvarez at 19 and entered the full-time ministry work in both Worship & the Young Adults’ Network of “Comunidad Cristiana Pembroke Pines” and became a licensed minister with ICCM in November of 2007 and continues to serve as such to this day.
As songwriters, Gerardo & Nilsa, who wrote for their congregation, as well as for other local Christian artists, finally launched their own worship album “Todo a Cristo” and “All For King Jesus” (in English) in October of 2012 which is currently streaming in 45 countries. Nilsa is also a volunteer coordinator for Premier Productions every time they come down to South Florida with events such as: Winter Jam, Hillsong Tours, & the Extreme Worship Conferences. While serving the Miami area, she was moved to expand what is called the “Backpack Program” so that children facing hunger over the weekend in South Florida can receive meals and be served by local organizations adopting Title One Schools in their area. This movement is now an organization called My City Alive in which Nilsa is presently the General Manager and Board Member working towards getting this program running in Broward County.
In June of 2014, both Gerardo & Nilsa became Advisory Board members of HILC: The Hispanic Israel Leadership Coalition and went on to be guest speakers at the International Summit for Israel in alliance with CUFI, AIPAC, ICEJ, The Jewish Federations from across South Florida, and served alongside Ambassador Ron Dermer, Malcolm Hoenlein, Susan Michael, congressmen from both political parties, prominent Christian pastors, and others. With HILC Youth, they have worked to help create awareness of antisemitism on college campuses across South Florida and bring in support from local youth groups leaders. In September of 2015, Nilsa set out with politically active pastors of the SFMA as their spokesperson for the #StandWithGod Movement that engaged over 100 churches across the State in pro-active support of Israel and hold politicians from both sides of the aisle responsible for protecting the alliance between America and Israel. With HILC, they have worked to unite the different pastors’ associations and Jewish Federations which proved successful when they were able to send over 200 pastors to lobby in favor of the Anti-BDS Bill which PASSED in Tallahassee and then partake of Governor Rick Scott’s ceremony to sign it into law which now prohibits businesses in our state to engage with businesses abroad involved in the boycott of Israeli products and services.