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Team Members

The Ecumenical & Inter-Faith Advisory Council was disbanded as of July 2014.
All questions are referred to the Moderator’s Office.  

These pages are kept for archival purposes.

John McLaughlin

Rev. John A. McLaughlin (Chair)

Rev. McLaughlin is senior pastor at St. Jude MCC in Wilmington, North Carolina (USA).  His interest in ecumenical and inter-faith work that has led him to work for religious justice both domestically and internationally; in 1991, he lived and worked among the troubled communities of Northern Ireland. He earned his Masters of Divinity degree from Lancaster Theological Seminary and also holds an M.B.A. from the American University (Washington, DC). Rev. McLaughlin is a member of the Ministerial Roundtable in Wilmington, N.C., and is active in local organizations such as PFLAG, GLSEN, and the NAACP.

Rev. Elder Diane Fisher

Rev. Elder Diane Fisher

Rev. Elder Diane Fisher

Rev. Elder Diane Fisher is the senior pastor of Gentle Shepherd MCC in Tallahassee, Florida.  She has long been committed to building partnerships with other denominations and faith traditions, believing that together we can have an enormous impact on the world as we support one another in acts of justice and compassion.  Rev. Fisher, a Canadian currently living in the United States, has worked both locally and internationally with MCC and brings a global perspective to our team.  Her work in Eastern Europe helped MCC become known as “the Human Rights Church”.

Rev. Dr. Y'Lon Dozier

Rev. Dr. Y’Lon Dozier

Rev. Dr. Y’Lon Dozier

Rev. Dozier has seminary degrees specializing in Social Justice Ministry and Pastoral Care & Counselling, and a Doctor of Ministry degree in Ecumenism and Reconciliation. She has served as intentional interim pastor to a number of congregations, most recently MCC Baltimore, Maryland (USA); Faith United Church, Schenectady, New York (USA); and, Derry Street United Methodist Church, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (USA).
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Rev. Dr. BK HipsherRev.

Rev. Dr. BK Hipsher

Rev. Hipsher’s online ministry in Second Life.com (Sunshine Cathedral, MCC Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA) brings together people from all over the world and many different Christian denominations to service each week. She also belongs to Central Reform Temple of Boston, a reform Jewish congregation that meets at Emmanual Episcopal Church in Boston, Massachusetts (USA). Her passion for Ecumenical and Inter-religious dialogue is fueled by the realities of her life and ministry in these diverse contexts. She lives in the Boston area with her partner Rabbi Devon Lerner.
Rev. Dr. Leigh Neighbour

Rev. Dr. Leigh Neighbour

Rev. Dr. Leigh Neighbour

Rev. Neighbour has been an MCC pastor for the past 28 years in Auckland (New Zealand) and more recently in Brisbane (Australia), after serving as a missionary in Nigeria and Samoa. Rev. Neighbour has been involved with pastoral care ministries, has performed special social work for people with HIV/AIDS, and has worked as a visiting hospital and prison chaplain in counselling and grief counselling. His counselling experience with a diverse range of cultural groups and religious faiths reflects his strengths of abilities to interact effectively with people in a wide range of situations, including Maori, Polynesian and Asian communities.
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Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson

Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson

Rev. Wilson is Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches (worldwide) and serves as Council advisor and liaison to the MCC Governing Board.

Linda Brenner-Beckstead

Linda Brenner-Beckstead

Linda Brenner-Beckstead

Linda Brenner-Beckstead has been a member of MCC for 17 years and joined the denominational staff in 2012 as Assistant to the Moderator for Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, and ITF Consultant to the Governing Board.
Previously in Nebraska, Linda was a Network Co-Lead for the Heartland Network. At MCC Omaha, she served on the board of directors as moderator, was the marketing minister for four years, and a lay delegate in 2010.

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