A second team has announced that they will stand to be co-moderators of the 2018 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
The Presbytery of Tropical Florida announced Dec. 6 that the presbytery’s Leadership Council has endorsed the presbytery’s moderator, Vilmarie Cintrón-Olivieri, to stand for co-moderator. The announcement states that Cintrón-Olivieri will stand for the office with Cindy Kohlmann, the resource presbyter for the Presbytery of Boston and the Presbytery of Northern New England.
Kohlmann said she has also been endorsed by her presbytery — the Presbytery of Boston — to stand for co-moderator. Both women are 43.
Cintrón-Olivieri, a native of Puerto Rico and an English as a Second Language teacher, is a ruling elder who has served on the Committee on Theological Education and as a translator from English to Spanish at numerous General Assemblies. Cintrón-Olivieri earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Puerto Rico and a master’s in education from Turabo University.
She lives in Miami with her husband, José Manuel Capella-Pratts, pastor of First Hispanic Presbyterian Church.
Kohlmann, a PC(USA) minister, has a master of divinity degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and graduated from Whitworth University with a bachelor’s degree in theatre and religion. She previously served as pastor of Clinton Presbyterian Church in Clinton, Massachusetts, and of New Jersey Presbyterian Church in Carlisle, Ohio.
Kohlmann is married to Eric Markman, also a PC(USA) minister, who is pastor of Hartford Street Presbyterian Church in Natick, Massachusetts.
This is the second team to announce they will stand for co-moderator. Eliana Maxim of Seattle and Bertram Johnson of New York City announced on December 3.
The 2018 General Assembly will meet in St. Louis June 16-23.