Rev. Miller Hoffman was ordained by MCCNY in 2004. He studied at Union Theological Seminary and was awarded the Roswell Dwight Hitchcock Prize in Church History. He has worked with LGBT civil rights, anti-violence, and queer youth organizations in NY and PA. Mind-body-spirit connections to social justice and the connectedness of all forms of physical, emotional, and spiritual violence deeply influence his theology and ministry. Miller lives in Carlisle, PA, with girlfriend Corrine Bertram. Rev. Miller and Rev. Emma Chatton of MCC NoVA presented a two-part webinar series on trans inclusion in church community and ministry which is available online:
Rev. Jake Kopmeier is the minister for social justice concerns and for transgender concerns at King of Peace MCC in St. Petersburg, FL area. He is a founding member of Transgender FORGE and its director for youth and families. Prior to becoming active in MCC in Florida, Rev. Kopmeier was a clinical social worker helping in the LGBT community in the Washington, DC area.
Zach McCallum is a fabulous, queer, disabled transman who lives just outside San Francisco with one housemate, three algae-eating snails, ten tropical fish, and fourteen pet rats. He hails originally from both Michigan and Tennessee, but has lived in coastal California for over twenty years so no longer has any tolerance for temperatures above 80°F or below 30°F. To hear his Nashville accent, sit him down with another Southerner or eavesdrop when he’s on the phone to his sister. He spent a year studying geology in upstate New York, then bailed on the sciences and got a bachelors degree in Theatre from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He moved to San Francisco when he graduated, for “true love” (it didn’t last), and decided California was the place for him. At various times he’s earned a livi
ng (or in some cases more like a pittance) as a graphic artist and animator, a user experience designer, a stage manager, a theatrical director, a makeup artist, a phlebotomist, a janitor, and a writer. He is currently Managing Editor at Owldolatrous Press, a progressive web journal focusing on spiritual and humanist values, arts, and ideas for the LGBTQQIA community and their allies. In addition to making weekly publication happen, he writes essays about gender, culture, and spirituality. He also writes fiction (mostly gay romance, fantasy, and sci fi) and poetry about anything that catches his ADD eye. He’s the token Pagan member of Peninsula MCC in San Mateo, CA, where he’s been attending services (and singing in the choir) since January 2007 when he went to be polite to some friends who’d invited him, and found much more than he’d bargained for. His step-father is a former Presbyterian minister, his best ex-girlfriend is a Church of Canada minister, and a handful of his closest friends are either ministers, chaplains, or former seminary students, so he’s rather surrounded by the voice of the Divine in one way or another.
Rev. Aaron Miller (M.Div.’08 Yale Divinity School) is the Pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church of Hartford (CT) and a chaplain at Yale New Haven Hospital. Prior to being called to MCC Hartford, initially as the interim pastor, Aaron served as the Associate Minister for Pastoral Care at MCC New Haven where he was ordained and also a member for nearly 13 years. In addition to serving on this Advisory Council, Aaron is also a member of the Moderator’s Climate Care team. Aaron serves on the Board of Directors of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (CT) and is working with the CT Fair Housing Center in state matters of housing discrimination based on gender identity and expression. Aaron is a political and spiritual activist who is passionately committed to social justice issues and, in particular, the human and civil rights of trans*/gender non-conforming people, working with political incumbents toward full equality. Aaron is passionately committed to educating and advocating for the full inclusion of all genders and sexualities that we may all, individually and in community, experience and live out the unconditional love of God.
Stacy Sandberg attended MCC in Topeka until the summer of 2011 and Spirit of Hope MCC in Kansas City for the next 2 years. Stacy is currently a member of New Spirit MCC in Cincinnati and active at Eternal Joy MCC in Dayton. All MCC congregations have been so supportive of Stacy’s growth. Stacy wants to help make MCC a denomination that continues to accept, affirm, and celebrate the wonderful variety of God’s creations. For the first 50 plus years of their life, Stacy considered themselves to be a flawed male, to have something wrong with them that just couldn’t be gotten rid of. They would try to fight it, but would also take opportunities to express their “femaleness” in what seemed like the only way possible – wearing women’s clothing in secret. Stacy felt a sense of relief and excitement during those times, and then guilt afterwards for having given in to the temptation. Their life was shaken a decade ago by a divorce. Over the past 10 plus years Stacy has been on a journey to claim that part of their being which was suppressed, denied, and hidden for 50 years. What seemed like a curse during that time now sees like a gift from God that continues to enrich their life, as Stacy seeks authenticity. Stacy prefers the term “dual gender” to describe their gender identity. Along this journey, Stacy has come to realize that advocating and educating on gender identity issues are tasks they are called to do to give back for all the blessing they have received. Stacy has made several presentations related to gender identity and has participated in a variety of activities helping to raise awareness of gender identity as a component of each person’s sexual and self identity. Stacy is married to Rev. Joy Simpson, pastor of both New Spirit and Eternal Joy MCCs in southwest Ohio.