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.
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 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. BK Hipsher
Rev. Dr. Leigh Neighbour
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 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.