The Rev. Pérsida Rivera-Méndez is a graduate of Andover Newton Theological School, Newton MA. She was ordained by the Central Association of CT Conference of the United Church of Christ on July 28, 2002. She has experience in the local church and National UCC settings of the UCC. She has worked with ecumenical partners in church development, intercultural and multi-ethnic ministries. She is one of the co-founders of REDIL (Red Ecuménica de Desarrollo de Iglesias Latinas) an ecumenical network for Latino Church Development with five other denominiations. She has extensive experience in church development, congregational vitality, justice advocacy, and congregational assessment, support and advancement. She has worked promoting, presenting and assisting congregations in living out the UCC commitment to be Inter-cultural and Multi-ethnic Church (I’M Church).
She was a liaison for Ethnic minority congregations in church development in her position in the National Offices. She worked closely with the Hispanic/Latino constituency of the denomination with resourcing, coordinating gatherings and workshops. She has worked with all settings of the UCC in developing strategies for ministry with and for diverse communities specifically the Hispanic/Latino community. She is the founding pastor of Ministerio Nueva Creación a ministry of Concordia Lutheran Church in Manchester, CT a partnership with the ELCA/UCC. She resides in Plainville, CT with her husband Heliodoro C. Mendez.