Anthony Fatta is in the ordination process and currently serves a local United Methodist Church in California as an Associate Pastor. He was raised in an Assemblies of God (Pentecostal) church, but was baptized and confirmed in the UMC at age 14.
Anthony became involved in interfaith work when he had the opportunity to travel to Turkey in 2007 with Syracuse University’s Hendricks Chapel. On this trip, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim students explored Istanbul and Izmir and had very intentional discussion about their respective faith traditions. He quickly realized that he knew very little about his Christian faith and came back and declared a major in Religion to learn more. As a result, he became involved in some of the Interfaith Youth Core’s programs and began sharpening his skills as an interfaith leader. He graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University with a double major in Political Science and Religion with a minor in Music Industry.
After undergraduate, he went on to Vanderbilt Divinity School where he graduated with a Master of Divinity in 2012. He had aspirations of working in interfaith nonprofit on a college campus or elsewhere, but instead followed a call to ordained ministry in the UMC, realizing that he can still be an interfaith leader while serving a church. While in seminary, he was an alumni coach for IFYC’s Better Together campaign and also was Jurisdictional organizer with Reconciling Ministries Network, an organization that strives for full inclusion of all people in the UMC. As a pastor, Anthony works with youth and young adults, while also teaching, preaching, visiting, and all other daily pastoral tasks. He also enjoys baking, cooking, exploring contemplative thinking, reading, writing, and hiking the beautiful Northern California landscape.