The Rev. Edwin O. Ayala, who led Latinx congregations of the United Church of Christ in Connecticut, served on the denomination's national staff, and headed an ecumenical agency in Hartford, died of pancreatic cancer Sept. 23. He was 71.
"Edwin was an outstanding leader in the United Church of Christ," said the Rev. Kent Siladi, Conference Minister of the Connecticut Conference. "A fierce advocate for justice, a pastor with a big heart, an engaging and compelling preacher, he left a lasting impression on any who met him. He was actively engaged in the wider church and he loved the United Church of Christ and our commitment to love and justice. His smile and his sense of humor were a part of his warmth. We hold his family, friends and colleagues who mourn his passing in our prayers. Edwin will be missed."
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Buckingham Congregational Church, UCC, 16 Cricket Ln., Glastonbury, CT.
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