Rev. Yana Cruz-PaganInstructor
Yana Janiese Cruz Pagán was ordained by the American Baptist Churches USA in 2008. Proud to say she is a native of “da boogie-down Bronx,” the Reverend now lives in Hartford, CT where she is currently live-in staff for Esther’s Home of Youth Challenge. Youth Challenge of Connecticut has been operating as a residential outreach center for troubled men, women, and families since 1970; Esther’s Home is a sober living residence. It provides a safe living home for up to fifteen women who are committed to changing their lives.
Yana is willing to serve the Creator, her denomination, and community in any way she can, focusing on one person at a time. Passionate to bring voice to marginalized groups, she tries to share her story with them in an attempt to empower and embolden them. Yana also currently works in the following roles: Spiritual Director; Associate Regional Minister for ABCCONN; Hospice Chaplain within the larger Harford community.
Also an author for Judson Press, Reverend Pagan has written Sunday School material, and personal articles, and is a contributing author in Streams Run Uphill: Conversations with Young Clergywomen of Color, 2013. She is a sought-after main event speaker and retreat leader for various events, as well as a workshop leader for local churches. Focusing on various topics of self-care, illness, conflict transformation and also a cultural competency diversity trainer. In 2009, she appeared with Laura Cadena, Marilyn Turner, Aidsand F. Wright-Riggins, Miguel A. De La Torre, James Stallings in BENEATH THE SKIN: Baptist and Race Ethics. As part of her work for American Baptist Women’s Ministries, she has written for Hope in the Midst of Depression, IN HER SHOES blogsite ABW, and was featured in Baptist Women in Ministry blog post “This is What a Minister Looks Like”.