Yadi Martínez Reyna
(Masters in Divinity)

The Rev. Yadi Martínez-Reyna  (M.Div.) is bilingual Latinx gender non-binary artist, a borderlander, and founder of Color Splash Out, a non profit organization dedicated to creating safe and brave spaces for LGBTQ+ Youth and their ally friends. Yadi was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley in the frontera of Brownsville and Matamoros Mexico. Yadi is certified as as Spiritual Director through the Art of Spiritual Direction at Still Point, NM and member of Spiritual Directors International (SDI).

Rev. Yadi serves as a Pastor at First UCC in 2nd Life, UCC.  They have a Masters in Divinity (M.Div.) and a Latino/a studies certification from Brite Divinity School located at TCU in Ft. Worth, Texas. Yadi holds an Associate Degree in Graphic Design and Multi-Media.

Yadi serves as an LGBTQIA Facilitator with twenty years of experience working with young people in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metropolitan area. Their work includes using arts and networking skills to create community events, retreats, leadership conferences, safe space training, and creating empowering trips for young people.

Speaking Engagements

The Rev. Yadi Martinez-Reyna, a pastor in Dallas, will sit down with Jack to reflect on organizing a faith-affirming LGBTQ+ youth camp, Color Splash Out, for the first time.

February 3, 2021 –  Yale Divinity School – Youth Ministry Institute: A Journey with LGBTQ+ and Immigrant Youth 

Link of Video here: https://youtu.be/Sc26Zez-xYg
January 2020 – UCC Council Gathering, Dallas, Texas – Social Media Networking and publishing workshop. 
February 22, 2019 – UCC Home Church, Cleveland, Ohio – Youth and Sex education from a Latino perspective. 

February 4-6, 2019 – Perkins School of Youth Ministry Conference – Dallas, Texas. Talking to young people about difficult subjects.