We have an active youth ministry led by Reverend Yadi Martinez Reyna. In addition to meeting each week, our youth also assist in leading worship, go on mission trips, have lock-ins, complete service projects, and attend summer camp at Slumber Falls.
OUR YOUTH LEADERS
Rev. Yadi Martínez Reyna
Yadi Martínez Reyna is a bilingual Latinx gender non-conforming artist, UCC Ordained Minister, and borderlander, born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas. In addition to being an associate pastor for New Church, Yadi serves as the LGBTQIA Unconscious Bias Awareness Facilitator with ten+ years of experience working with young people in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metropolitan area. Their work includes using arts and networking skills to create community events, retreats, leadership conferences, and safe spaces. Yadi is a certified facilitator in the Our Whole Lives (OWL) curriculum, which provides comprehensive sexuality education for young people.
Joseph Ossorio is a volunteer Youth Leader. Joseph and his wife, Stephanie, have been members of New Church since moving to the Dallas area in 2019. In his free time, Joseph can be found binge-watching shows on Netflix, playing with his dogs, and experimenting in the kitchen. He is an amateur photographer and loves to cook. Joseph is a licensed marriage and family therapist associate who works with individuals and families with a variety of backgrounds and challenges, and has a special talent for child counseling. Joseph is a certified facilitator in the Our Whole Lives (OWL) curriculum, which provides comprehensive sexuality education for young people.
Rev. Mike Wright-Chapman
Mike is a notoriously outspoken and compassionate ally and spiritual leader who has risked clergy credentials, position, and reputation to advocate for marginalized persons in the Church and society, particularly persons of color, LGBTQ individuals, women, and young people.
Mike earned a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth and a Master of Arts in Christian Education at Scarritt Graduate School in Nashville, Tennessee. He completed Certification in Spiritual Direction at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas and is a Doctor of Ministry Candidate at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth. He currently works full-time as a Patient Advocate and Spiritual Counselor at Lenity Light Hospice.
WEEKLY YOUTH GROUP
Sundays at 11:00am
4th - 12th Grade
Our youth meet weekly during our regular weekly worship service. Meetings are led by Rev. Yadi Martínez Reyna and include a variety of progressive themes and lessons. At the end of their meeting time, our youth join us in worship to celebrate the Feast of Holy Communion with their families.
Feel free to reach out to Rev. Yadi Martínez-Reyna, our Youth Leader