The Rev. Angela Herrera
Angela has served on First Unitarian’s ministry staff since 2010, and was called as our Senior Minister in September 2017.
Angela is originally from Oregon, where she was raised in a working class neighborhood in the Willamette Valley. She writes, “In that time, the UU faith of my childhood was tested against some of society’s harder realities, and I developed an early passion for social justice, and a deep love for life and for people.” These experiences continue to inform her ministry and theology.
“I am humanistic in the sense that I believe humans have the ultimate responsibility for what must be done in the world,” she says. “I also draw inspiration from our Judeo-Christian roots. I want not just to think about God but to experience God: in relationship with other people, in prayer, in the arts and in nature. God as love, as yearning, as the stillness, peace, or power that can erupt into the world even when it seems least likely. I also accept that there are many paths to meaning and ultimacy, some very different from mine, and I honor those.”
Angela holds a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard University. She has completed a chaplaincy internship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and a parish internship at First Parish in Concord, Massachusetts. She is the author of the Skinner House meditation manual, Reaching for the Sun, and co-creator of Lifting Our Voices: Readings in the Living Tradition.
Angela and her husband Carlos have two grown children, and are a bilingual, bi-cultural family. When they are not at church, they can often be found biking, hiking, running, or putting green chile on things.
The Rev. Bob LaVallee
Before coming to First U, Bob served as a chaplain and as Interim Minister at South Valley UU Society in Salt Lake City, UT. A graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School, Bob’s first career was in non-profit management.
Matthew Pargeter-Villarreal is a 2019 M.Div graduate of Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, with a concentration in Sexual & Gender Justice, and a Candidate for Ministry with the Unitarian Universalist Association. During the pandemic, he’s had an unexpected ministry venture: offering worship planning and making virtual pulpit visits to 22 states across the country, “visiting” UU congregations of all sizes. Some of Matt’s ministerial and social justice interests are LGBTQIA+ ministry, immigrant justice, anti-racism/anti-oppression, and youth/young adult ministry. Although he was born in Massachusetts and grew up in Oklahoma, if you ask him where home is, he will tell you San Antonio, Texas. Matt is married to Gabriel and the proud parent of a 10-year-old calico named Juliette.