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Reverend Joe Zarro

Reverend Joe Zarro is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. He has a bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University in English and Philosophy, and a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. He began his ministry at Redlands United Church of Christ in July 2024.

Pastor Joe brings a cooperative approach to ministry that encourages the best in people, inspired by a God that “does not coerce people to follow with fear of hell and punishment, but inspires and persuades with love, and equips us for our journey.” Pastor Joe has a passion for creativity and writing that he channels toward crafting and delivering the best sermons possible.

“RUCC is a dynamic, faith-filled congregation,” says Pastor Joe. “It is a place I can serve authentically, that shares my values, and welcomes the passions not only of its pastor, but its lay leadership as well. Like so many others, I thrive in a collaborative, creative environment and I want to ‘Be the Church’ with everyone in our church community.”