Rev. Miriam Méndez
Rev. Miriam Mendez is a leader, preacher, teacher, administrator, church planter and an advocate for justice. Her rich and long history with the American Baptist Churches has taught her to value, respect, and welcome the theological diversity within the ABC family. Her experiences working in cross-cultural communities have prepared her to serve and lead in a manner that facilitates spaces of grace where encouragement, accountability, honesty, trust, and support, is given and received for the glory of God and the blessing of one another.
Rev. Mendez has been shaped by her over 20 years of pastoral ministry, spiritual direction, coaching, mentoring, Region work, seminary teaching, and community leadership. For 15 years she served as adjunct faculty at George Fox Evangelical Seminary in Portland Oregon in the areas of spiritual leadership, reconciliation, and prayer.
Her educational training includes a B.S. in Business Administration from National Louis University, Lombard, IL, Masters of Divinity and Spiritual Director certificate from Portland Seminary, Portland, Oregon and a one year residency of Clinical Pastoral Education in a level one trauma hospital in Portland, Oregon. She was awarded a full scholarship to the Unid@s for Oregon Leadership Program, a leadership development program that aims to create a strong, connected, intergenerational network of established Latino leaders from all sectors and regions of Oregon. She is currently completing her Doctoral studies in Leadership and Global Perspectives from Portland Seminary. Her studies have taken her to travel to London, England, Cape Town, South Africa and Hong Kong.
Rev. Mendez is committed to the leadership development and self-care of pastors and is dedicated to assisting leaders and congregations build a Christ-centered community devoted to serve locally, regionally and globally. Rev Mendez is grateful for her diverse realities in the region, with her ministry networks and in her personal life which all continue to teach her and keep her accountable to Kingdom work and to the call of the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Miriam is the mother of two wonderful adult children and the new “Abuelita” of Evelyn Josephine (6 months) and Rowan Diego (9 months).