The Rev. Amy Elizabeth Denney Zuniga



Amy first came to El Salvador as a sophomore in college in the post-war 1990’s. As her first experience in Latin America, this was transformational, impacting her vocation to priesthood and the context of that vocation. After graduating from the University of California, Davis with dual degrees in Community/Regional Development and Spanish and with her Master’s Degree from Yale Divinity School, in 2005 Amy earned a Fulbright Scholarship to study religion and social justice in the context of the Anglican/Episcopal Church of El Salvador. With the support of Cristosal, Amy and her husband Vince stayed two additional years in El Salvador, serving in the area of Soyapango where Amy was ordained to the priesthood at Iglesia Episcopal San Andrés Apóstol in 2005, in the rural area of Metapán, where Vince worked on an agricultural project and guided US delegations. 

Amy has served two Episcopal congregations in California since that time, always seeking to build bridges between the US and Latin America as well as the English and Spanish-speaking communities within the US, and helping the church to live out its call to “strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being” (Book of Common Prayer, 305). Serving on the board of Cristosal since 2010, first as chaplain and now as vice president, is one of the primary ways she has done that.

Hannah Rose Nelson