Rev. Rachelle Brown Interim-Moderatorin der MCC
Rev. Elder Rachelle Brown
MCC Interim Moderator

REV. ELDER RACHELLE D. BROWN

(En español) (Auf Deutsch)

 

revrachellebrown@mccchurch.net                                                                         Skype: Rev Rachelle Brown
Facebook:  Rev. Rachelle Brown

Citizenship: United States
Ordination:  Metropolitan Community Churches, July 15, 2007

 

 

 

SUMMARY

The Reverend Rachelle D. Brown is a ministry leader who addresses challenges through strategic planning and brings creative energy that fuels action. Her interdisciplinary education and experience includes communications, marketing, systems theory, theology, and ethics. Rev. Brown employs a collaborative team-building model that inspires transformation. She uses both metrics and relationships to evaluate strategies and actions that emerge from clear objectives.

 

ACADEMIC TRAINING

Doctoral Studies Theology, Human Sciences, and Ethics PhD Program
Chicago Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL
In Progress
Level II ACPE Chaplain Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), St. Louis, MO 2006-2008
Master of Divinity Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis, MO 2004-2007
MA Communications Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, MO 1996-1998
BA Mass Media College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, MO 1987-1991

 

 

MINISTRY EXPERIENCE

MCC Global Emerging Church Specialist, Office of Emerging Ministries

April 2014 – Present

  • Developed a new program to form MCC Emerging Churches based on a blend of best practices from mission and activist movements.
  • Created an Emerging Church Leader training curriculum offered virtually in a hybrid of synchronous and asynchronous formats. Over 45 participants enrolled; 35 completed the training.
  • Networked with persons interested in developing a new MCC presence in a wide range of nations and entered discernment towards ministry goals.
  • Oversaw the formation of 17 MCC Emerging Churches, of which MCC established a new presence in seven nations and three new states within the United States.
  • Empowered leaders from outside and within MCC to develop a new MCC ministry presence.
  • Recruited new potential leaders to consider MCC ministry.

 

North Central US Network Leader for Metropolitan Community Churches

May 2013 – June 2014

  • Provided resources, support, and event planning for thirteen churches and ministries within the Network.
  • Planned and presented two network gatherings while providing connectivity to network churches.
  • Organized churches and volunteers to provide hospitality at the UFMCC General Conference in Chicago, IL, and assisted various churches in pastoral transition.

 

MCC General Conference Worship Team, MCC General Conference

June 2012 – July 2013

  • Served on the General Conference Worship Team to envision the worship experience for nine worship services around the theme “Believe.”
  • Collaboratively created liturgies in various forms including creation of original content. Coordinated volunteer participants and speakers.

 

Intentional Interim Pastor, aChurch4Me Metropolitan Community Church, Chicago, IL

September 2011 – February 2014

  • Assisted congregation in transitioning from a founding pastor into a more established identity as a mission-oriented worshipping community.
  • Managed fiduciary, administrative, personnel, and worship responsibilities.
  • Provided weekly worship planning, served as moderator of the Board of Directors, strategic planning, coordination of volunteers and training ministry leaders.
  • Led church to identify, and transition into, a stable worship location to meet both ministry and financial needs.
  • Improved financial health of the congregation.

 

Intentional Interim Pastor, Metropolitan Community Church Illiana, Portage, Indiana

November 2008 – June 2011

  • Led congregation in a transition from a founding pastor with just over 20 members into a vibrant, diverse church with over 50 members.
  • Provided fiduciary, administrative, and worship management.
  • Formed and executed a capital campaign for the purchase of a church building and acreage obtained May, 2010.
  • Weekly preacher and worship leader.
  • Acted as the Moderator of Board of Directors and established a Board of Trustees for property management.

 

Chaplain Resident, Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO

September 2007 – August 2008

Level II Chaplain for a Top 10 hospital in the U.S.

Responsibilities included coordination of spiritual care for over 150 patients and hospital staff on a daily basis, including grief facilitation, pastoral counsel, family meetings, crisis intervention, and weekly in-house on-call shifts in the Level 1 Trauma Center.

 

On-Call Chaplain, Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO

September 2006 – July 2007

In facility on-call providing spiritual care in cases death and dying, crisis and trauma in the Level 1 Trauma Center.

 

In Care Student Intern, MCC of Greater St. Louis, MO

September 2006 – June 2007

Participated in weekly worship, trained worship coordinators, co-developed a manual for lay-led congregational care ministry, and participated in training of ministry leaders.

 

Student Pastor, First Congregational Church, UCC, St. Louis, MO     September 2005 – May 2006

Organized and facilitated the College Campus ministry outreach program to Washington University, and St. Louis University, through the Wesley Center, which included weekly small group studies fostering spirituality in young adults. Participated in weekly worship with FCC-UCC, planned occasional worship services, and preached as needed.

 

Center for Creative Conflict Resolution, St. Louis, MO

September 2004 – May 2006

Small group assistant and classroom facilitator for the Abuse Prevention Program (section for men), assisting perpetrators of domestic violence in rehabilitation and fostering emotional, personal, and spiritual transformation.

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

 

Professor

Chicago Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL                                                   2013, 2014, Spring 2017

North American Religion, Adjunct Faculty, online and in-class

 

University of Phoenix, Chicago, IL; Schaumburg, IL; Mokena, IL Campuses                2012 – 2015

World Religion I, Abrahamic Traditions, Campus Faculty, in-class
World Religion II, Eastern Traditions, Campus Faculty, in-class
Introduction to Academic Writing, Campus Faculty, in-class

 

Gender 101 Workshop Facilitator                                                                                   2013-2015

Gender education and transgender advocacy workshops offered in either one day or four-week meeting format. Provided free to community participants. Hosts for workshops included Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, IL, and First Unitarian, Evanston, IL.

 

Clergy and Laity Training                  Metropolitan Community Churches                     2010 – 2014

  • MCC Sexuality Studies Facilitator
  • Student Clergy Supervisor
  • Creating presentations, moderating panels and small group discussion for Network gatherings.

 

Teaching assistant                          

“History of Christian Thought”        Chicago Theological Seminary                Fall 2012
“North American Religions”            Chicago Theological Seminary                Spring 2009
“Constructive Theology”                  Eden Theological Seminary                     Spring 2007

 

Instructor/Lecturer                           Southwest Missouri State                                     1996 – 1998

Designed curriculum and taught multiple sections of “Introduction to Public Speaking” and “Introduction to Mass Media” courses.

 

PUBLICATIONS AND ACADEMIC PAPERS

MCC Sexualities and Spiritualities Virtual Conference, October 2015 – “B-T-P: Engaging an Intersectional Frontier”

July 2013 – Chapter “Beyond the Open Table” in the anthology Queering Christianity edited by Robert E. Shore-Goss, Thomas Bohache, Patrick S. Cheng and Mona F. West.

Society of Biblical Literature Central States, Spring 2008 – “The Constructing of US Theology on Gender, Sexuality and Identity”

May 2007 – Master of Divinity Thesis “Theological Intersections of Antebellum and Modern Periods:  Through the context of St. Louis, Missouri” Eden Theological Seminary

Spring Convocation Lecture, 2006 Eden Theological Seminary – “Loving Our Neighbor as Ourselves: An Exploration in Relational Theological Anthropology”

November 1998 – Master of Communications Thesis “Cultural Resources in the United States:  What Messages Are We Sending?” Southwest Missouri State University

 

 

BUSINESS EXPERIENCE

 

Interactive Marketing Project Manager, Kupper Parker Communications, St. Louis, MO,

2000-2004

Oversaw and participated in strategic planning, campaign development and execution, project and budget management for national, regional, and local consumer and business-to-business clients. Specialized in the integration of messages and branding across multiple mediums.

 

Internet development and marketing, Business Website Professionals, Branson, MO,

1999-2000

Recruitment of clients, project and budget management for regional clients.

 

Radio Broadcaster and Music Director for multiple conglomerate media groups in Louisiana and Missouri, 1987-1999

On-air broadcaster, music director, assistant program director, and event management.

 

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND CREDENTIALS

  • Clergy Student Supervisor and Mentor for MCC Seminary Students
  • Metropolitan Community Churches, Ordained Minister in good standing since 2007
  • Intentional Interim Specialist for UFMCC
  • Member of the American Academy of Religion

 

OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Board Member for Other Sheep, a multicultural ministry with sexual minorities since 2006
  • MCC Good to Great Retreat participant, October 2013
  • MCC Leadership Mentoring Retreat Graduate, April 2014
  • Convener of MCC Polyamory Affinity Group, MCC General Conference, 2016

 

AWARDS AND HONORS

2007 Grauer Award, Eden Theological Seminary’s highest student honor offered by the seminary, nominated by the student body and voted on by faculty

2013 MCC Network Leader Award

 

SKILLS, INTERESTS, HOBBIES

Public Speaking

Technology skills include but not limited to:

  • Expertise with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, databases, Internet and Intranet systems, Blackboard and Moodle online learning components,
  • Experience with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom, audio and video recording and editing software

Intellectual interests:  American history, archaeology, cultural studies, and critical theory

Hobbies: Nature photography and playing guitar