Rev. Evelyn Rivera was born in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Vieques, Puerto Rico in 1979. In the year of 1988, she moved back to the US to work as a Social Worker in Reading, PA.
She received her bachelor’s in Social Work from University of Puerto Rico (1988) and has a Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary (2015).
Rev. Rivera served as Associate Pastor of Middletown UMC in Middletown, MD for three years and previously served for ten years at Hughes-El Buen Samaritano UMC in Wheaton, MD. Rev. Rivera is a Provisional Elder for the Baltimore-Washington Conference.
Rev. Rivera’s greatest hope is for a church to offer God’s radical and inclusive grace to all people while calling every follower of Jesus to inner holiness, missional compassion, and justice rooted in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
She is the proud mother of two adult children, Eduardo and Emilio. She enjoys being the grandmother of two precious grandchildren that bring immense joy to her life.