Rev. Daphne Marie Gascot Arias
Rev. Daphne Marie Gascot Arias is called to serve Downey Memorial Christian Church (Disiples of Christ) with the task of developing a multi-cultural, multi-lingual ministry that is capable of relating and reaching out to the surrounding community.
An ordained minister with the Disciples of Christ, Rev. Gascot Arias has served in various capacities throughout the wider Church. Most recently, she was a contributing author of this year’s Journey to Generosity, stewardship materials published by the Center for Faith and Giving. Most notably, she has given leadership, in various ways, to the Disciples’ anti-racism initiative.
Rev. Gascot Arias earned her bachelor of science from La Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico in Communications, and her master of divinity degree from Iliff School of Theology in Denver, CO. She has also completed substantial coursework in the field of Spirituality integrative Psychotherapy and Pastoral Counseling.
Rev. Gascot grew up in Puerto Rico, attending both Disciples congregations and Disciples schools (elementary, middle and high schools). She grew up surrounded by the Disciples way of “doing church,” which is one that valued education, ecumenism, and engagement with the community. With tons of multi-cultural experience and a love for learning languages (she speaks three fluently and is currently learning more),
Rev. Gascot Arias is mom to Daphne Magnolia, and is married to Rev. José F. Morales Jr., who is also an ordained Disciples minister.
Minister for Music
Guadalupe “Lupe” Rodriguez
Lupe joined the DMCC team as Administrative Assistant, motivated by a sense of purpose: to help others. After a time of search in hopelessness, she understands this position to be an answered prayer. Lupe brings an unparalleled excitement for learning and helping the community.
Lupe was born in Los Angeles to parents born and raised in Mexico. Raised in Bellflower, she enjoys hiking while taking in the view, and spending time with her family. Lupe is mother to Desiree and Damien, loves of her life.