Our pastor, the Reverend Rick Yramategui, has been an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ since 1988. Before coming to Carmel Valley, Rick served local churches in Minnesota and Iowa. A graduate of United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, he has also served on several national church boards. Prior to entering the ministry, Rick made his living as a musician in Southern California and he continues to perform and teach here on the Monterey Penninsula as time allows. Rick is particularly interested in liberation theologies, environmental ethics, world religions, and music and spirituality. He also composes music and his liturgical musical settings are often a part of our worship service. During Rick's recent sabbatical (the summer of 2015), he completed a music composition program at the European American Musical Alliance in Paris, France and is currently studying with EAMA professor Dr. Benjamin Boyle. Rick can be contacted at the Chapel office during his business hours or by email.
OUR MUSIC DIRECTOR
"The music program of Carmel Valley Community Chapel echoes its Mission Statement. Over my years of service to the Chapel I have come to discover that music which inspires, which comforts, which teaches, which causes us to think can be drawn from far more sources than that which can be considered the "sacred" category alone. Great songwriters of all genres and all generations have much to say. On any given Sunday, selections from these writers may be included in the service. The music provides a unique message, and the stronger that message, the more we can take from it. Our performances include soloists, original music (including compositions by our Pastor, Rick Yramategui, and those I have written), our Chancel Choir, plus rock, jazz, and gospel groups. It is much easier to experience than to describe, so please come to see and hear for yourself."