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Rev. Nancy Wilson Set to Lead MCC Gay Church Group
Mon, 25 Apr 2005 15:34:40 EDT
For Immediate Release: April 25, 2005
Rev. Nancy Wilson Is Nominee For Moderator
of Predominantly Gay Metropolitan Community Churches
Former United Methodist To Lead World's Largest Christian Organization
Serving The Gay Community
West Hollywood, CA – The Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson, a longtime leader in the
predominantly gay Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), has been nominated to
become the next Moderator of the MCC denomination.
If elected during MCC's General Conference in Calgary, Canada in July, she
will succeed the Rev. Troy D. Perry, MCC's Founder and current Moderator.
Wilson has enjoyed a distinguished ministry within Metropolitan Community
Churches. In 1976, she became the youngest person ever elected to the MCC Board
of Elders and has served as an Elder since that time.
Wilson, attended Boston University School of Theology with a Rockefeller
Fellowship, also holds an M.Div. from SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary, served
as Vice-Moderator of MCC during 1993-2003 and has pastored MCC congregations
in Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, and California. She is the former senior
pastor of Metropolitan Community Church of Los Angeles, the Founding Church
of the MCC movement. She currently serves as senior pastor of Church of the
Trinity MCC in Sarasota, Florida.
Wilson has a long commitment to ecumenical work and human rights. During
1979-1999, she served as MCC's Chief Ecumenical Officer, representing MCC at the
National Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches. In 1987, she
represented MCC as an ecumenical observer at the Bilateral Dialogue of the
Roman Catholic and Lutheran Churches in Columbia, South Carolina, where she
met Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI.
She has also been active on behalf of HIV issues, prisoner treatment
programs, and women's rights. She is the founder of the MCC Conference
for Women in
In 1979, she participated in the first-ever meeting of gay and lesbian
religious leaders at the U.S. White House during the Carter Administration.
Rev. Wilson was the Guest Preacher at the Earl Lectures at Pacific School of
Religion (Berkeley, California, January 2002) and has been a guest speaker
at Harvard Divinity School, Vanderbilt Divinity School, Allegheny College,
Claremont School of Theology, and the University of Southern California.
Wilson is the author of Our Tribe: Queer Folks, God, Jesus and the Bible
(Alamo Press), co-editor of Amazing Grace with Fr. Malcolm Boyd, and a
contributing author to Poems and Prayers in Race and Prayer edited by Malcolm Boyd and
Chester Talton (Morehouse Press).
Rev. Wilson resides with her partner of 27 years, Dr. Paula Schoenwether.
They both actively work for same-sex marriage equality.
Prior to beginning her MCC ministry, Rev. Wilson was active in the United
The election of the new MCC Moderator will take place in late July during
MCC's General Conference in Calgary, Installation Services for the new MCC
Moderator will take place at Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC, on
October 29, 2005.
Founded in 1968, MCC is a Christian denomination with more than 43,000
members in 23 countries and a primary, affirming ministry to gay, lesbian,
bisexual and transgender people of faith. Additional information on Metropolitan
Community Churches is available on-line at _www.MCCchurch.org_
Media interviews with Rev. Nancy Wilson may be scheduled through the MCC
Communications Department: (310) 360-8640, Ext. 226.
Rev. Wilson may be reached directly by e-mail at
_RevNancyWilson@MCCchurch.org_ (mailto:RevNancyWilson@MCCchurch.org) .
For Additional Information, Contact:
MCC Communications Department
8704 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Tel. (310) 360-8640, Ext. 226
Fax: (310) 360-8680
Web: _www.MCCchurch.org_ (aoldb://mail/write/www.MCCchurch.org)
The Reverend Elder Nancy L. Wilson
Senior Pastor, Church of the Trinity MCC
7225 N. Lockwood Ridge Road
Sarasota, FL 34243
Positions with Metropolitan Community Churches
1993 - 2003 Vice-Moderator
1976 - Present MCC Elder
1979 - 1989 Clerk of the Board of Elders
1974 - 1975 Northeast District Coordinator
1979-1999 MCC Chief Ecumenical Officer
1996-2002 General Council Finance Team
1996-2000 Joint Ownership and Property Committee, Trustee for World
Headquarters at MCCLA
1996-2001 MCC Executive Staff Team, Headquarters
2001 - Present Pastor, Church of the Trinity, MCC, Sarasota, Florida
1986 - 2000 Pastor, MCC Los Angeles, Mother Church of MCC
1975 - 1979 Pastor, MCC Detroit
1974 - 1975 Pastor, Worcester, Massachusetts
1972 - 1974 Associate Pastor, MCC Boston, Massachusetts
1988-2000 Field Education Supervisory Pastor with Claremont School of
Theology and continuing education classes
1980 Master of Divinity, SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary, Orchard, Lake,
Michigan (Roman Catholic)
1972 - 1974 Rockefeller Fellowship to Boston University School of Theology
1968 - 1972 BA in Religion, Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania
-- Participation in the purchase of new church facility for MCC Los Angeles
and MCC World Headquarters in West Hollywood, California.
-- Established a Latin Ministry at MCC Los Angeles.
-- Founded the "FOR FUND" (Fund for Overcoming Racism) providing
scholarships for people of color in MCC who are clergy candidates.
-- Obtained a Ford Foundation grant for ministry to LGBT youth in Los
-- Representative of MCC at the National Council of Churches 1981-1994.
-- Representative of MCC at the World Council of Churches General Assemblies
-- Established first MCC contact with GLBT Christian groups in South Africa,
ultimately worked for affiliation connecting those pastors and communities
to MCC General Conference.
-- Co-founded of "Free Spirit MCC" in 1985, a prison ministry at the
California Institute for Women in Frontera, California that is still continuing.
-- Extensive fund raising for global outreach.
-- As Vice-Moderator, moderated Elders, General Council and General
-- Extensive writing, teaching, training in MCC on the local and
denominational levels in a wide variety of topics.
-- Established the MCC Women in Ministry Conference
Speaking Invitations and Honors
-- Recipient of the first "Lazarus Award" from the Presbyterian Church.
-- Preacher at the Earl Lectures at Pacific School of Religion, January 2002
-- Keynote speaker/guest speaker at various colleges and universities
MORE LIGHT Conference (Presbyterian)
Harvard Divinity School
Vanderbilt Divinity School
Claremont School of Theology
University of Southern California
Kirkridge Retreat Center
-- Preaching and teaching invitations at numerous MCC Churches in the United
States, Canada, England, Denmark, Germany, South Africa, Australia, New
Zealand, Nicaragua and Mexico.
-- World Council of Churches Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland and
Harrare, Zimbabwe, 1998.
-- Represented MCC with Rev. Troy Perry to Pope John Paul II's worship
service with leaders of Protestant and Orthodox churches in Columbia, South
-- Spoke at the "Women's Tent" at the WCC General Assembly in Canberra,
-- Represented MCC to the White House (U.S.), leading a coalition of GLBT
religious leaders in 1979.
-- Addressed the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. on
Service Outside of MCC
Member "White Women Against Racism" in Los Angeles
Founder in Los Angeles of "The Progressive Religious Alliance"
Worked in many political campaigns in Los Angeles and West Hollywood for
civil and human rights such as "The Coalition Against the Death Penalty."
Co-Founder of the "Lesbian and Gay Interfaith Clergy Association" in Los
Partnerships with Bienestar (Latin AIDS Organization), St. Odelia's Roman
Catholic Church and others, for common ministry and mission.
AIDS activism in Los Angeles for over a decade.
Member of the Gay and Lesbian Task Force of the Los Angeles Police
Amazing Grace with Fr. Malcolm Boyd
Our Tribe: Queer Folks, God, Jesus and the Bible, Alamo Press
Poems and Prayers in Race and Prayer edited by Malcolm Boyd and Chester
Talton (Morehouse Press)
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