United Church of Christ

Leadership Team (Equipo de Liderazgo)

MendezAngulo.jpgElivette "Elly" Mendez Angulo currently serves as Project Coordinator for Proyecto Encuentros de Gracia y Bienvenida (which she often translates as Project Encounters and Engagements of Grace and Welcome).  Elly is interested in the many ways in which our identities intersect and how those points converge into a newness when our faith is allowed to shine brightest.  She is a licensed minister of the United Church of Christ.  She is a writer, a preacher, a teacher, a learner and most important, she is a believer in God's abundant love for all.  Her ministry is that of presence and she can often be found listening (en Español y en Ingles).

(216) 736-3716
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1_FCarrion.jpgThe Rev. Felix Carrion is presently serving as the Interim Minister at Hough’s Neck Congregational Church in Quincy, MA. He is also serving as a consultant, preacher and keynoter. Rev. Carrion brings to his work a commitment to the empowerment of clergy and lay for effective ministry and witness in Church and society. In his work, he weaves together head and heart, as well as faith and justice.  Rev. Carrion served as the Coordinator of the Stillspeaking Ministry of the United Church of Christ (UCC). In this capacity he directed the “God is still speaking” national messaging, marketing and identity campaign. His efforts were guided by a close collaboration with the Local Churches, Conferences and Covenanted Ministries of the UCC.  Rev. Carrion serves on the Boards of City Mission and the Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries."


1_MGonzalez.jpgThe Rev. Dr. Maritza Angulo de Gonzalez serves as Co-Pastor of Manantial de Gracia UCC in West Hartford, Connecticut. She serves on the UCC Board of Directors. Holding an Ed.D., with an emphasis on counseling, Rev. Angulo de Gonzalez has worked in the mental health field for the past 20 years as a counselor, administrator and program director at various mental health agencies and in private practice. 

Manantial de Gracia "Spring of Grace"
(860) 233-3109

1_Robyn.jpgRobyn Henderson-Espinoza, PhD - Knowing intimately that the borderlands are a place of learning and growth, Robyn draws on their identity and heritage as a queer Latin@ in everything that they do. From doubt to divine and everywhere in between, their call as an activist-theologian demands the vision to disrupt hegemony and colonialist structures of multilayered oppression. As an anti-oppression, antiracist, non-binary Trans*gressive Latin@, Robyn takes seriously their call as an activist theologian and ethicist to bridge together theories and practices that result in communities responding to pressing social concerns. Robyn sees this work as a lifeorienting vocation, deeply committed to translating theory to practice, and embedded in reimagining our moral horizon to one which privileges a politics of radical difference.



The Reverend Lizette Merchán Pinilla, M.Div. is a minister in the KansasOklahoma Conference of the United Church of Christ (UCC), a member of the UCAN UCC–HIV/AIDS Network, the convener of the Tulsa Hispanic Resource Association (social-services organization). She also is a writer, a bilingual preacher and teacher, a translator, an interpreter, a librarian, a social-service provider, and an inhabitant of the world.

(918) 845-4477


1_ROchoa.jpgMr. Roberto Ochoa serves as pastor of Lake View Congregational Church in Worcester, MA, an Open and Affirming Congregation of the UCC and the Admissions Counselor/Diversity Recruiter for Andover Newton Theological School, where he is completing his M.Div. Roberto is Chair of the Hispanic/Latin@ Ministries Working Team in the Massachusetts Conference and the incoming President of the gathered body of UCC Latinx Leaders of New England.

Lake View Congregational Church
115 Coburn Avenue, Worcester, MA 01604
(508) 756-5857

1_RVoelkel.jpgThe Rev. Dr. Rebecca Voelkel is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and currently serves as the Director of the Center for Sustainable Justice. Previously, she served as the MountainTop Movement Building Consultant at Auburn Seminary, as Interim Executive Director for PFund Foundation, as Faith Work Director for the National LGBTQ Task Force, Interim National Coordinator for the United Church of Christ Coalition for LGBT Concerns, as pastor of Spirit of the Lakes United Church of Christ and as Program Staff for the Center for the Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence.


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