Rev. Carlos R. Martinez
Interim Assistant Minister
Rev. Carlos R. Martinez is a second career Unitarian Universalist minister. He is a 2011 graduate of Union Theological Seminary in New York City where he received a Masters of Divinity (M. Div.) degree. He is a trained Interim Minister who has served in a learning capacity with UU Congregation of Central Nassau in Long Island and The Unitarian Church in Summit as well as serving as a chaplain in hospitals in Queens and Manhasset, New York.
Rev. Martinez was co-ordained on May 31st, 2015 by the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood and The Unitarian Church of Summit. He served as Ridgewood’s Intern Minister from 2013-2015. Carlos comes to ministry from a career in high-tech software marketing and sales. He possesses an A.B. in Government and English from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley.
After being a long time member of the Unitarian Church of All Souls in New York City, Carlos was called to ministry through his admiration of 19th century Transcendentalists and particularly the writer, poet, and philosopher, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and the example of All Souls’ long time minister, the late Rev. Dr. Forrest Church. Carlos originally came to Unitarian Universalist as a teenager through the First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles, then strongly influenced by the ministry of Rev. Stephen Fritchman. Carlos’ long term ministerial aspiration is to work with UU faith communities in transition and who desire to become intentionally diverse and seek to reestablish their mission in a contemporary multi-cultural context.
Carlos was born in Los Angeles, California and identifies strongly with his Mexican American heritage. He speaks Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and French. He has dabbled in Russian, Chinese, Japanese and Hebrew. His enduring past times and interests are: swimming, sailing, motorcycles, Transcendentalism, Zen Buddhism, Judaism, cooking, classic cinema, Broadway musicals and travel.