Our Executive Director

Rev Erin Tamayo_Executive Director AZFaithNetwork

 

Rev. Erin Tamayo is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and a member of the Grand Canyon Presbytery.  Erin has lived in Arizona for 14 years total while completing degrees in both Bilingual-Multicultural Education and Spanish. Formerly, Rev. Tamayo was an educator in the Isaac School District for 5 years.

The witness of injustice suffered by immigrant families in the school where she taught and in the faith community where she worshiped sparked her call to attend seminary and discern more closely how our religious convictions require us to respond faithfully to promote social change.

After completing her Master of Divinity degree in Los Angeles, Erin was ordained to ministry as Pastor in Residence for the Faith-Rooted Organization, CLUE-LA (Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice). Her role at CLUE was in organizing the community to support better working conditions for low wage workers.

Rev. Tamayo returned to the Valley in 2013.  Since then, Erin has been greatly involved in the support of immigrant communities in desperate need of immigration reform and in bringing together faith and community support for low wage workers.  She has served as an instructor at ASU most recently and as the Phoenix Faith and Community Organizer for OUR Walmart.

Rev. Tamayo is most honored to be invited to serve as the Executive Director of the Arizona Faith Network.  The new mission imperatives resonate strongly with Rev. Erin’s understandings that we must continuously discern what we believe in regards to our faiths and we must then go out and live lives that reflect these beliefs, serving as God’s hands, feet, and voice in our communities.

One of Erin’s most favorite things is to bring together diverse peoples for a common mission.  She believes that through sharing and serving together, we can learn more about God as each one of us experiences the Holy in a different light.  Through living in community together we become more whole as we share our diverse gifts and understandings with each other.

This is the vision that Erin is eager to serve at Arizona Faith Network as we develop ways to live out our new mission imperatives together in community.

Rev. Tamayo began her work with Arizona Faith Network on January 16, 2015!  RevErinTamayo@AzFaithNetwork.org