Angel Rivero is an M.Div. student at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California, where he received the Presidential Merit Award, providing him a full-ride scholarship, and he is a certified candidate for ordained ministry in The United Methodist Church (UMC). Baptized in the Adventist Church in July 2009, Angel has committed his life to serving the Church to help bring about liberation for all people.
He studied theology at Pacific Union College in California’s Napa Valley and served multiple Adventist congregations and hospitals before coming out in 2017 when he was given no choice but to leave the denomination. While in seminary, Angel has had the opportunity to take immersion courses in Washington D.C., focusing on faith and public policy, and in St. Louis at the recent United Methodist Special General Conference, where the UMC voted to strengthen its ban on LGBTQ clergy and same-sex marriages.
He is a member of the California-Nevada Church Planting Academy and hopes to develop queer-affirming communities of faith in Latinx neighborhoods, rooted in the United Methodist tradition. Angel recently received the Jeanne Audrey Powers Leadership for Change Scholarship, awarded to students seeking to bring full inclusion of LGBTQ people in the UMC. Currently, Angel is a summer intern, serving asylum seekers, at the U.S.-Mexico border with the California-Pacific Conference of The United Methodist Church. He is living in El Centro, California.
Angel Rivero - Who Am I? God’s Beloved - Session 10