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Our Interim Minister

Rev. Carlos R. Martinez


Rev. Carlos R. Martinez comes to UUCFM from the Community Church of New York UU in midtown Manhattan where he served as the Interim Minister following a 38 year settled ministry. Previously, he served the 804 member First Unitarian Church of Rochester (NY) as the Interim Assistant Minister. He has also served Beacon (Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Summit, NJ), the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Central Nassau in Long Island (NY) in other capacities.
 
Rev. Carlos possesses a M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary in NYC, an M.B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, and a B.A. in Government and English Literature from Cornell University. Rev. Carlos is a second career minister after a career in high-tech sales and marketing. He is also served in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged.
 
As an accredited UU Interim Minister, he is a member of the Interim Ministry Network and is a trained hospital chaplain.
 
Rev Carlos came to Unitarian Universalism as a teenager, He was first called to ministry through his experiences attending the First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles. He draws his ministerial inspiration from the 19th century Transcendentalists, particularly Ralph Waldo Emerson, and the example of the late Rev. Dr. Forrest Church of the Unitarian Church of All Souls (where Carlos was a member) and his many mentors. 
 
Born in Los Angeles, California, he identifies strongly with his Mexican American heritage. He speaks Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French and has dabbled in Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic and Hebrew.
 
He is a divorced father of three children. His oldest son is a graduate of Colgate University and lives and works in Tokyo, Japan. One daughter recently graduated from Amherst College and now works in Manhattan as an assistant digital brand manager and the other is a rising Junior at Mount Holyoke College in Western Massachusetts.   
 
The Interim Minister will begin at UUCFM in August.