Rev. Jon Gilbert Martinez, Gilbert as he prefers, is a multi-generational Tejano and Chicano who’s lived in Chicago since 2015. He is a 2019 Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary graduate with a Master of Divinity. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology minor in psychology from the University of Texas-Pan American and two associate degrees from South Texas College. He currently serves as designated-term pastor at Christ Church UCC-Des Plaines, IL. Previously, he served San Lucas UCC-Chicago as the digital outreach minister, community pastoral care minister, and pulpit supply minister. He is the vice-moderator of the Chicago Metropolitan Association, which allows him a seat on the Illinois Conference Council. He is part of the Advocate-Aurora Health’s Mission & Spiritual Care committee and Council for Health and Human Service Ministries-UCC Diversity committee. Gilbert also served as a board member and vice-chair for the UCC Mental Health Network Board of Directors. As an advocate for mental health, Black Lives Matter, immigration justice, LGBTQ community, and an extravagant welcome to all of God’s children, to name a few, Gilbert has completed Mental Health First Aid and Companionship training. He is the only paid member of The Colectivo.