Rev. Erica Lea-Simka is passionate about justice for all people, especially those who are most marginalized. She is active in interfaith peacebuilding, specializing in Abrahamic partnerships. She is also active in serving the LGBTQ community, supporting anti-racism actions, promoting ecojustice initiatives, and advocating for immigrant rights.
Pastor Erica is co-chair of the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists LGBTQ Pastor Support + Seminarian Empowerment Team, a member of the Young Clergywomen Project Community Life Work Group, a member of Evangelical & Ecumenical Women’s Caucus- Christian Feminism Today, Nob Hill Clergy Group, Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America, and a Renovaré Spiritual Formation Covenant Member.
Erica received San Jacinto College’s Excellence in Leadership Award (2007), served as a Texas A&M Women in Leadership Conference Delegate (2008), and participated in The Multicultural Alliance Annual Interfaith Seminarian Retreat (2012).
She can often be found using the expression, “go team”, because she believes all people are created in God’s image and have something positive to contribute to the community and world.
“‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. ‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. ‘Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. ‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. ‘Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. ‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.'” -Matthew 5:3-9