Reverend Hector Rivera, a native New Yorker, was born and raised in the Bronx. The sixth of seven children, he came to Christianity at the age of 15 and served in various ministries within the Pentecostal church prior to being introduced to the United Methodist tradition in 1990.
Rev. Rivera earned a Master of Divinity from Drew University’s Theological School in 2009 and a Doctor of Ministry degree in 2018. His other degrees include a B.A. in Anthropology and Philosophy and an M.A. in Modern European History, both from Herbert H. Lehman College in the Bronx.
In 2012, while at First Spanish UMC in Spanish Harlem, Rev. Rivera was ordained as an Elder in full connection by Bishop Jeremiah Park. Rev. Rivera has also served at St. Stephen Spanish UMC (the Bronx); The Church of the Village (West Village) and Broadway Temple UMC (upper Manhattan). Rev. Rivera currently serves at Hauppauge UMC and FUMC in Central Islip, NY.
Rev. Rivera is a member of the Lay Servant Committee and the District Committee on Ministry. He is also an instructor of the Hispanic Fellowship. Rev. Rivera volunteers at the Hands Across Long Island Wellness and Recovery Center in Central Islip and is a member of the Hauppauge Interfaith Association.
Rev. Rivera and his wife, Yvonne, celebrate 40 years of marriage this year. They are the proud parents of four children and four grandchildren.
Central Islip: First
PO Box 1228
Central Islip, NY 11722
473 Town Line Rd
Hauppauge, NY 11788-5935