As the team leader for program ministries, Giovanni develops and designs initiatives related to the vital conversations priority of GCORR’s ministry model as well as serves as point of contact for partners and stakeholders across the connection at the General Church and Annual Conference levels. Giovanni also administers the CORR Action Fund program (Minority Self Determination Fund Grant).
In His Own Words
What do you do (in 5 words or fewer)?
Reach out, connect, and journey.
What brought you to GCORR?
Through my work at the Conference level of the Commission on Religion and Race both in the New York Annual Conference and the Baltimore Washington Annual Conference and serving the local church in a Cross-Racial/Cross-Cultural Appointments, I felt that GCORR was the place for me to utilize my skills and passion to move the church towards diversity and equity.
What is your Meyers-Briggs type?
ESFP “Let’s Make Work Fun”
What languages do you speak?
My native tongue is Spanish and English is my second language. I am also interested in learning American Sign Language.
What brought you to The United Methodist Church?
When my family moved from Puerto Rico to New York City, we could not find a Spanish speaking Presbyterian church. My aunt who attended Iglesia Metodista Unida San Pablo in Queens, NY invited my family to worship there. Since I can reason, The United Methodist Church became my spiritual home where I continue to be nurtured and challenge to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.
What calls you?
Family, friends, community and travel.
Is there a book from your childhood that helped make you who you are today?
A Book given to me that I treasure and read in every transition in my life is, Dr. Seuss book, Oh the Places You’ll Go.
Who is your mentor?
I had and have multiple mentors in my life who continue to shape and inspire me to be the best I can for the world.