Teacher activist and Dominican LGBTQI politician, Deivis Ventura has worked for
more than twenty years in the areas of education, health and advocacy for the
Human Rights of different populations.
Deivis Ventura has a Master's degree in pedagogical management from the
University of Barcelona, and a specialty in health education with a focus on HIV from
Foreign Policy Magazine – Global Thinker, 2016
Septima Clark Prize for Community Leadership, Georgetown University, 2006
Execuo Cardenal Bera Rojas Prize for Research Excellence, Universidad Católica,
Santo Domingo, 2002
Jose has been the executive assistant for Trinity Lutheran Church for over a year. He has a background in accounting and banking. He is the Head usher in his church and volunteers with the food distribution and other events in the NYCHA community in lower Manhattan. He enjoys spending time with his 2 kids and watching sports.
DIRECTOR OF YOUTH MINISTRIES
My name is Amber Cruz and I am the youth coordinator at Trinity Lutheran Church, I have been worshiping at Trinity for 18 years. After high school I graduated from Stony Brook University with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and then became a certified teacher. I spent a few years working in education and also human services and decided to pursue a Master's degree in Social Work. I am now finishing my MSW at Monmouth University. I live in East Brunswick, NJ and enjoy spending time with my family. I have always enjoyed being part of the youth group at Trinity Lutheran Church and I am excited to serve as its leader.
Rafael A. Torres joined the Trinity family in September of 2011. He comes from a family of musicians
and singers. As a child, he began taking piano lessons with the church pianist. At the age of 5, he
began making a joyful noise unto the Lord and hasn’t stopped singing since. Throughout the years,
he has been a member of and recorded with different Christian music bands, choirs and worship teams.
At present, he is a member of Concordia Choir and he is a church pianist at Trinity. He and his lovely
wife, Lourdes, have two wonderful sons, Emanuel and Jonathan, who are also passionate about music. Rafael maintains that true musicians and singers don’t share their God-given gifts because they want
to… they must.
Pam grew up in rural, small town New York, where she got her start as a church musician at age 15. She has been playing organ and piano and conducting church choirs ever since. What she loves most are hymns. A member of the Hymn Society, Pam has written hymn meditations, magazine columns, and short plays about hymn writers. She has a blog, "Ask Her About Hymn," writing from a progressive Christian point of view. Here’s one about Martin Luther King’s favorite hymn: http://askherabouthymn.com/tag/martin-luther-king-jr/
Pam is a published writer, poet, author of ten books on subjects from Shakespeare and Agatha Christie to feminism, nonviolence, and women’s history. She has lived in Brooklyn since 1974 and loves it. A woman of faith bent on finding the sacred in the ordinary, Pam is excited to join the worship team at Trinity Lutheran!