- Greensboro, NC
What brings you joy in your ministry?
Working in various theatre communities over the course of my education I've seen so much hurt inflicted by the Church on not just the LGBTQ+ community but all marginalized communities. I find joy in ministry working to build relationships of inclusion centered around God's love for all people, rather than a privileged few.
Who inspires you in ministry or seminary?
I'm inspired by everyday people who have a passion to do something, and follow it up with the drive to bring their vision, no matter the size into reality. I am inspired by the prophetic voices in our communities as well as those who upset the status quo so that more communities can flourish, and for those voices who lift up the voices of others who are not as readily heard.
What are your interests outside of ministry?
I love the arts. I am a photographer and former competitive ballroom dancer. I love painting and sewing as well. I find spiritual grounding in meditation and in social justice work.
Best meal you've ever eaten?
I'm lucky to come from a family with rich culinary traditions. The meals my parents would make, whether Puerto Rican or Italian, are always second to none.
I grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Did you always want to be clergy?
I think everyone knew I was called to be a pastor before I did. I find the arts very life-giving and so I thought I was meant to pursue a career in something more traditionally considered "artistic". However as a Theatre Education major I learned how few jobs would be open to theatre teachers in the future as other teachers were called upon to teach their subjects in addition to my focus area. Frustrated I decided to take a good look at the places in my life where I felt most able to do good, to make a difference. The majority of the instances I came up with revolved around ministry. It scared me. As an introvert I didn't think I had what it took to do the work of ministry vocationally, however as I pursued my education both in and out of ELCA seminaries I learned that my life and educational experiences have fostered a deep compassion for and passion to work with God's beloved children whether they be inside or outside the church walls.