Marissa Galvan-Valle works in Louisville, KY, with the Presbyterian Church (USA). She also plans and leads worship at her church, Beechmont Presbyterian Church. Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, she has been living in Louisville for almost ten years.
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About ten years ago I was given the chance to work at the national offices of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in Louisville, Kentucky. I had never lived outside of Puerto Rico and had only experienced church as a Presbyterian in the context of the island. Coming over to the United States provided unique opportunities and challenges. I had to navigate a language other than Spanish. I had to live in a place where I became a minority. I had to deal with a different culture (or cultures). It was fascinating and terrifying at the same time.