Church Partners Track Leadership
Karen Oliveto Pastor, Glide Memorial UMC San Francisco, CA
Rev. Dr. Karen Oliveto is a scholar, activist and pastor. She is the senior pastor of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church (UMC) in San Francisco and has been a leading voice in the UMC for LGBTQ equality. Born on Good Friday and raised in Babylon (NY), she credits her local church for nurturing her call to ministry by cultivating her gifts as a youth. She preached her first sermon at 16 and, after being sent to a summer high school camp at Westminster Choir College, became the choir director of a junior high choir at the church. She holds a B.A. and Ph.D. in Religion and Society from Drew University. Her Master of Divinity is from Pacific School of Religion (PSR). Rev. Oliveto has served campus and local church ministries in rural and urban settings in NY and California and has been the associate dean for academic affairs at PSR. She continues to teach at PSR as adjunct professor of United Methodist Studies.
David Ramos Founder, Latino Leadership Circle Newark, NJ
Rev. David Ramos is a staff minister at Faith Fellowship Ministries where he serves as the chancellor of Faith International Training School and as the director of Covenant Ministries International, Inc. Rev. Ramos worked in varying vocational and ministerial capacities. He served as the director of strategic initiatives for the American Bible Society, a policy educator for the Beck Institute on Religion and Poverty at Fordham University, an assistant professor at the Kings College, as the director of case management for the Upper Manhattan Task on AIDS in Harlem, New York, and as a hospital chaplain.
2014 CLF information for participants.