A mentor moment



Yana Selfie


Entrepreneur: Retreat Facilitator, Public Speaker, Motivator & Bi-vocational Pastor

I work for my Creator! My car is my primary office and well the rest is my story. As a former graduate of Eastern, Teaching in Humanities dealing with the core values of Faith, Reason and Justice this truly is a dream come true.  “I love teaching at Esperanza, the students make the experience worth it and honestly they each have a story of hope we just help them, further their reach.” Professor Pagan believes that education can right many of the injustices done to many not only in the community of Esperanza but in the world.  Yana Janiese Cruz Pagán, MDiv, was ordained by the American Baptist Churches USA in 2008. Rev. Pagán, brings voice to marginalized groups as she finds!  Having been a high school dropout herself; she finds she can identify to those groups she tries to share her story.  Pagán has been a Professor of Justice at Esperanza College of Eastern University, since 2010.

As an author for Judson Press she has written Sunday school material and is contributing author in Streams Run Uphill: Conversation with Young Clergywomen of Color, 2013.  Main Event Speaker and Retreat leader for various events – Immerse 2010, Trust NYC YOUTH 2011, IGNITE 2012, as well as a workshop leader for local churches.  In 2009 she and Laura Cadena, Marilyn Turner, Aidsand F. Wright-Riggins, Miguel A. De La Torre, James Stallings came out in BENEATH THE SKIN: Baptist and Race Ethics. As part of her work for American Baptist Women’s Ministries she wrote for Hope in the Midst of Depression, IN HER SHOES Production ABW.  Recently was featured in Baptist Women in Ministry: Blog Friday features, “This is what a minister looks like”.  There is much that she is willing to share and that is happening in writing and speaking engagements. In 2014, she was the keynote speaker for the Women’s Intergenerational Retreat, 2014 NYC youths’ Retreat Leaders Speaker.   Currently, she is editing her book You Are Never Alone in which she blogs about in Adventures in Writing.  Even in painting which she sells on Etsy she attempts to tell her journey of healing of trauma.  In all roles, Yana is willing to serve the Creator, her denomination and community anyway she can; focusing one person at a time.

For booking directly contact:  Rev. Yana J. C. Pagán, 610-745-2071, yanajcp@gmail.com