Yadi Martínez-Reyna

Yadi Martínez-Reyna

New Church, Chiesa Nuova, UCC, Dallas, Texas and First UCC in Second Life

Yadi Martínez Reyna is a bilingual Latinx gender non-conforming artist, UCC Licensed Minister, Pastor, and borderlander, born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas. 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. Yadi serves as a Youth Pastor at New Church, Chiesa Nuova, UCC, Dallas, Texas, and at First UCC in Second Life, where they are a part of a virtual reality congregation. Yadi has contributed to the Progressive Youth Ministry Blog that can be found on Patheos.com and at UCC Encuentros y Bienvenidad LGBTQ+ Inclusive toolkits.

Recruiting, Training and Supervising Youth Workers and Volunteers

Leading theologians and pastors discuss the importance of attracting, training and supervising both youth workers and volunteers to lead thriving youth groups.

Group of teens framing a wall on a construction site Leading Transformative Service Days and Mission Trips

Leading theologians and pastors present a model for mission trips and offer practical advice on how to lead service days and mission trips that are truly transformative.

Team building exercise on a high ropes course Envisioning, Building and Sustaining Thriving Youth Ministries

Leading theologians and pastors explore the importance of youth ministry and how developing a mission and vision statement can help to grow a thriving youth group in accordance with that mission.

Yale Youth Ministry Institute