ERNIE BRINGAS is the author of four books, the most recent Mexican Roots, American Soil: A Quest for the American Dream, was released August 2016.
He has a Master of Divinity degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, and was ordained as a minister of the United Methodist Church.
He served the Church for almost twenty years before venturing into academe, where he currently teaches Religious Studies at Glendale Community College in Arizona. Under their auspices, he previously taught these classes at Arizona State University.
Interesting to note, during the early 1960s Ernie, with partner Phil Stewart, founded a rock group that came to be known as the Rip Chords. Legendary producer Terry Melcher and future Beach Boy Bruce Johnston joined their group shortly thereafter. Recording on the Columbia Records label, they placed five hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100.