Rev. Dr. Lydia Muñoz
Rev. Dr. Lydia Esther Muñoz is an Ordained Elder in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference where she is also a delegate to the general conference. Rev. Dr. Muñoz has served in the Philadelphia area for 15+ years and prior to that, she served in the Florida Annual Conference, Baltimore Washington Conference, and Susquehanna Annual Conference. She is a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary and has received her Doctor of Ministry from Drew Theological School focusing on Public Theology.
A product of the National Plan herself, Rev. Dr. Muñoz received her call to ministry after attending a Module training at Perkins School of Theology. Muñoz has a long experience developing ministries of justice among marginalized and multicultural communities both as a cross-racial/cross-cultural pastor and as a gifted musician and worship leader has been involved in leading worship for 20+ years in varied and diverse settings, both locally and nationally, including for the World Council of Churches Assembly in South Korea 2013 and the United Methodist General Conference in 2012 and the Festival of Sacred Arts in Falstbo, Sweden. She is a published author and contributor to Abingdon Preacher’s Manual 2019 and 2020 and a variety of journals of Christian liturgy and worship and other advocacy journals.
Rev. Muñoz has also been a strong activist for social justice on a variety of platforms including gun reform, LGBTQ rights, racial justice, and immigration rights serving as a member of the Rapid Response Team for her local conference. She has been a long-time member MARCHA (Metodistas Asociados Representando la Causa Hispano/Latina) within the United Methodist Church, and she is a member of La Raza which advocates social-political causes in Latinx communities.
Lydia is the mother of one 20-year-old named Willow and a 5-year-old, rescue pup named Max.