Heidi Elizabeth Lepe
Writer / Storyteller / Theologian
Heidi Elizabeth Lepe identifies first and foremost as a loved mujer (woman) by God, community, and family. As a daughter of a Catracha mother and Mexican father, she unashamedly embraces her dual ethnic roots and cultural heritage in the US. Heidi lives in between a Latinx Pentecostal and Catholic spirituality passed down by her parents and immigrant home church in South Central LA that deeply formed her faith.
Born and raised in West Los Angeles, she embodies what she calls the "Chicana Central Americana" life in the West Coast. She writes, theologizes, and speaks from her cultural and social location as a Brown woman and believer. Heidi is also the founder of Brown Beloved Co., an instagram platform and online community dedicated to the flourishing, liberating life of Brown women and men at the intersection of faith, cultural roots, and justice.
Her work is inspired by the unrecognized and unnamed theologians in her home church, las hermanas de la Iglesia de Dios Hoover. She also draws inspiration from published authors and Latinx theologians like Justo L. González, Elizabeth Conde-Frazier, Loida I. Martell and René Padilla. Lastly, her work is inspired by liberation theologies, a mujerista theological lens and life experiences growing up in West LA.
When Heidi is not writing you can find her hiking in Los Angeles, eating a good Central American breakfast at any time of day, and staying rooted in what she calls the Black and Brown pockets of love in her city. She currently attends Duke University Divinity School where she is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in Latinx Studies.