Abel Ernesto Lopez is a life-long Episcopalian born in Cuba. He received theological education and training at the Seminary in Matanzas, Cuba and at The Episcopal Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas. He graduated with a Master of Divinity Degree in 2000 and moved to Pasadena, California in 2001 to serve as Director of Peace and Justice Ministries at All Saints Church. As a Senior Associate Priest at All Saints his ministry expanded to several areas during 13 years. On December 12, 2012 after much prayer and discernment he accepted the call to serve as Rector at Church of the Messiah in Santa Ana, California.
Abel has served on the boards for both local and national organizations including Equality California (EQCA), Board of Trustees at the Bloy House School of Theology, and others.
Abel is married to May Ling Lopez and has a daughter, Jessica Lopez, and a son, Sebastian Lopez. He enjoys reading books on Psychology, leadership, and theology. He loves having dinner with friends and discussing controversial topics such as politics and religion. He enjoys design and making things look better. He has great suggestions for God on how to “polish” creation a bit more.