Originally from Livingston, Texas, Kedric Brown is currently the lead inventory specialist and analyst for Valerus Compression Services-Houston. He is instrumental in working with project managers, coordinators and engineers, training new hires on product and equipment in the oil and gas industry. As a member of Resurrection MCC, he sings tenor and serves as assistant director to Cassandra White with the Gospel Ensemble, a lead lay facilitator and coordinator for the young adult ministry, serves as reader, vocal and clarinet soloist, has served a term as Lay Delegate, a member of the HeavenSound Handbells, worked with the Imagine Capital Campaign, sang with the RMCC Singers, served as an usher, communion distributor, worked with the teen’s ministry and recently co-directed a theatrical production of Maurice Evan’s “Café Christmas”…a queer musical. Outside of the walls of Resurrection, Kedric sings with Damian Price and Praise and is active in volunteering with different community service programs for different events in the Houston area. His most recent volunteer act was with the T.R.U.T.H. (Telling Real Unapologetic Truth Through Healing) Project. This is a quarterly event that gives different people an opportunity to express circumstantial healing truths about themselves…from destroying abuse to human rights. He has also sang with Houston Chapter of the Edwin/Walter Hawkins Love Fellowship Mass Choir, supports local effort in equality by attending projects such as Brother2Brother meetings to discuss the positive movement and advancement of African-American same gender loving men, has volunteered with Junior Achievement and HRC. Currently, Kedric is getting geared to enter into the MCC L.E.A.D. Program and become a CLM Trainer.
Reverend Brian Hutchison currently serves as Interim Pastor for MCC New Haven (Connecticut). Brian most recently served as Director of Volunteer Ministries for Sunshine Cathedral Metropolitan Community Church in Fort Lauderdale, FL. During that time, he also assisted Celebration MCC in Naples, FL through their pastoral transition. Before that position, he was the pastor of New Covenant MCC in Laurel, Maryland. Prior to ordination, he completed a clergy internship at MCC San Francisco. He also completed a Clinical Pastoral Education internship at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, CA. Brian holds his Master of Divinity degree from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA, his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland (College Park), and a Certificate in LGBT Studies from the same. Before ordained ministry, Brian was active in lay ministry at MCC-DC. Brian’s talents and passions include singing, preaching, pastoral care, religious education, small group meditation and study, HIV ministry, sexuality studies, and social justice work. Brian is married to his husband of six years James who is a trained chef and artist.
Rachel Meyer: Rachel Meyer is a 22-year old originally from Colorado Springs, CO, and residing in Toronto, Ontario since 2004. She recently graduated with an Honours BSc in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario and is excited to pursue a career in strength and conditioning training and nutrition. Rachel has been attending MCC since she was a toddler, at Pikes Peak MCC in Colorado Springs and MCC Toronto. She has been an active member of the community – helping to begin and grow MCC Toronto’s Children’s Ministry, participating on and leading three groups of young adults on outreach trips to the Dominican Republic, and raising funds for MCC’s Far Reaching Faith Scholarship Fund for children’s education in the Dominican. She has been a guest preacher at MCC Toronto, CRAVE MCC in Sydney, Australia, and at local churches in the Toronto area. Rachel was honoured to be the youth representative on the host committee in Acapulco for General Conference 2010 and is equally honoured to be a member on the Young Adult Advisory Committee. Rachel has attended the Young Adult Conference, the Young Adult Leadership Mentoring Retreat, and will be furthering her spiritual journey in Creating a Life that Matters this summer. Rachel is passionate about MCC’s message of inclusive and unconditional love and hopes that the Young Adult Advisory Committee will aid in spreading that message for generations to come.
Alex Pittaway: I was honoured to accept the invitation to join the Young Adults Advisory Committee.
I walked into the doors of MCC Sydney 5 years ago after leaving my old church, never before had I been in a place where the word community really meant something. That through Jesus we’re all in this journey of faith together.
Rev. Melissa L Smithee, currently serves as Minister of Congregational Care at Founders MCC in Los Angeles, the founding congregation of the MCC movement. She is a California native who spent nearly 2 years in the Mid-West creating programming and growing the local church as a staff pastor. During that time she attended the first MCC Young Adult Retreat in Ft. Lauderdale where the attendees worked together to articulate a purpose and vision statement and create community. Rev. Melissa learned of MCC in 2004 as a result of a pro-gay theology chat hosted by her Students For Social Justice group at Vanguard University, an Assemblies of God private college. Since then, she has been committed both to the progressive gospel of MCC and the reconciliation of spirituality and sexuality. Upon joining the staff at Founders MCC in 2012, she co-founded the Young Professionals Group and is on the leadership team for a new Creative Arts Worship Service. Reverend Melissa has completed four units of Clinical Pastoral Education at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and is now eligible to be a Board Certified Chaplain. After being approved for ordination at General Conference in Acapulco in 2010, Melissa was invited by the Office of Leadership Development and Formation to serve on interview committees for current candidates. This is part of her Passion and Call, to see people as God created them and facilitate their coming into fullness and healing. As such, she’s been a huge advocate for the Creating A Life That Matters as a certified facilitator and Master Trainer candidate.
My name is Mark Farris. I have a one year old son, and have been married for five years. I have been a member of the MCC for four years. I am currently the Multimedia Director at MCC San Antonio, and help my wife with the Young Adult Group. I have a bachelors degree in Radio-T.V.-Film, and a masters degree in Communications. I enjoy being a media creator, and activist and a father. I am an ally, but also have a parent that is transgender. I am compelled to make the MCC, and specifically the MCC young adult experience a better one.
Vita Caradonna is a 31-year-old Sydney-based lover of Life and of People. Born into an Italian Family she began her journey with God in the Roman Catholic Church and from a young age enjoyed serving in many areas from Singing to Reading and being involved in Youth Group. She was also voted as Liturgy Captain and Outreach Captain during her high school years where she enjoyed bringing her peers and community together through acts of faith and service. Nowadays, Vita works Part-time as a Radiographer while also contributing to the Profession by Lecturing and Tutoring in Radiography at University level. The remainder of her time is currently being spent completing a second Bachelors Degree in Contemporary Music and Song Writing at JMC Music Academy in Sydney, Australia, after which she would like to teach Singing privately, and continue to write and spread her thoughts with the world. At present Vita serves as the Young Adult Representative on the MCC Australasian Network Committee led by Reverend Elder Darlene Garner and has just recently graduated from the CLM – “Creating A Life That Matters” course together with her partner. She can also be found at MCC Sydney serving in a variety of ways, from singing in the Choir to Prayers and Acolyte service. Vita was involved in the Australasian Women’s Retreat in 2014, and the Australasian Young Adult Retreat in 2015, and presented sessions at both these events. She plans to commence her theological studies in 2016, and combine this with further studies relating to Young Women and Christ in the not too distant future.