Alumni/ae Council

Israel “Izzy” Alvaran (DMin ’10)

United Methodist Church; San Francisco, CA
Israel “Izzy” I. Alvaran is an ordained Elder in the Philippines Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. He has served in various ministry settings as pastor, youth minister and faculty at a UMC university and seminary in the Philippines. He is currently under episcopal appointment to serve as Western Regional Organizer with Reconciling Ministries Network, covering 11 states in the west coast. A long-time activist, Israel worked as Person-in-Mission of the UMC General Board of Global Ministries for the Manila Episcopal Area, focusing on advocacy for low-wage workers. For a number of years, he was a community outreach organizer for UNITE HERE Local 2 (the hotel workers union) and Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice of California. Prior to joining RMN, he served as national organizer for economic justice with the UMC General Board of Church and Society. A political asylee from the Philippines, Israel lives in San Francisco, CA and is immersed in the life of his community. He has served on the boards of API Equality, East Bay Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice, San Francisco Pride at Work, Jobs with Justice-San Francisco, and currently on the leadership teams of Network on Religion and Justice for API LGBTQ People and National Ecumenical Forum for Filipino Concerns. Israel has a Masters of Divinity degree and a Masters of Theology degree from Union Theological Seminary in the Philippines. With a dissertation focused on faith-rooted organizing, he received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA in 2010 as a recipient of the UMC Crusade Scholarship.