Hernando is an ordained pastor in the PCA and Debbie is his supportive wife. Hernando was born in Bogotá, Colombia and lived there until he was 15 years old. In 1979 his family immigrated to Miami, Florida where he lived until 1982. From 1982 to 1986, he served overseas in the United States Air Force. He met his wife Debbie, a native Floridian, upon his return to Florida in 1986. Hernando and Debbie were born again under the ministry of PCA pastor Rev. Al LaCour and married in 1990 in Immanuel PCA church in Miami.
In 1992, Hernando and Debbie started attending Christ Covenant PCA Church in Broward county Florida where Hernando began his mentorship under the ministry of Rev. Brian Kelso. He was ordained as a Deacon and served as chairman of the Diaconate until his ordination as a Ruling Elder. In 1995, Hernando accepted a position on the church staff to oversee all the church ministries. From 1998 until 2001 he served as the youth pastor.
In 2001, Hernando was licensed to preach by the Presbytery of Southern Florida. Later that year he planted Iglesia Principe de Paz. in Broward county, Florida. When Hernando left Iglesia Principe de Paz in 2004 the church had a small men’s group, a ladies prayer group, and youth and children ministries meeting on a weekly basis. In addition to that, he was training two men as potential ruling elders.
The Sáenz family moved to Atlanta, Georgia in June 2006 to plant Grace International Church a multicultural and bilingual church. Grace International Church merged with Christos Community Church, a bilingual PCA church, when Hernando joined the staff of Mission to North America in January 2011 as Hispanic American Ministries Coordinator. His passion is to fulfill the Great Commission by starting a movement of PCA churches committed to reaching Hispanics in the United States with the gospel.