Rev. Dr. Eduardo (Eddie) Rivera was born in Monterrey, Mexico and was raised in a clergy Methodist family. He received God’s Call to ordained ministry in the summer of 1979 and was ordained an Elder of the Methodist Church of Mexico in 1988. He transferred his credentials to the New Mexico Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1998.
He attended the Lydia Patterson Institute in El Paso, Texas where he learned his English, earned a Bachelor of Theology Degree (B.Th.) from the Seminario Metodista Juan Wesley in Monterrey, México in 1985, a Master of Theology Degree (Th.M.) in 1992, and a Doctor of Ministry Degree (D.Min.) in 1997. The last two from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Rev. Dr. Rivera has been in full-time ministry for almost 40 years in both México and the United States, ministering in the Conferencia Anual Oriental (México), Southern Illinois Conference (now Illinois Great Rivers Conference), the Northwest Texas Conference and is now a member of the New Mexico Conference where he pastored three churches, served for five years as the El Paso District Superintendent and now serves as the Provost of the New Mexico Conference.
Currently, he is a member of the Board of Directors of both, TMF and the Wesleyan Investive (formerly United Methodist Development Fund); a member of the McMurry University Board of Trustees; a member of the Board of Advisors for Regional Course of Study of Perkins School of Theology (SMU); a member of the Lydia Patterson Institute Board of Trustees and a member of the South Central Jurisdiction Committee on Episcopacy. In the past, he has served as a delegate of the United Methodist Church to the World Methodist Council and a member of many other jurisdictional and conference- related ministries.
Rev. Dr. Rivera attended the 2008 and 2012 General and Jurisdictional Conferences as a Reserve Delegate and he was the Head of the New Mexico Delegation for the 2016 General and Jurisdictional Conferences and for the Special General Conference in February of 2019. He is a Reserve Delegate of the New Mexico Delegation for the upcoming General and Jurisdictional Conferences.
Eddie is married to Hilda, a retired Professional Educator. Their daughter Lizet and son-in-law Derek Dickinson are Attorneys who live and work in Nashville, TN. Eddie and Hilda are the proud grandparents of their 4 year-old granddaughter Olivia.