Rev. Katie Hotze-Wilton, started her journey with MCC in 2004 at MCC of Greater Saint Louis, where she is currently a member. She received a Bachelors of Communications with emphasis in Audio, Video and Broadcast from Missouri Baptist University. Katie has been using her technology skills in her ministry for as long as she has been involved in MCC. She and her wife Jenny have served on the AV team at the 2007 General Conference in Scottsdale, AZ, the 2008 People of African Descent (PAD) Conference in St. Louis, MO, and the 2010 General Conference in Acapulco, Mexico. Katie holds a Masters of Divinity Degree from Eden Theological Seminary. She served as the Director of Media and Worship at MCC of Greater Saint Louis from 2010 – 2012. Katie was a recipient of the 2012 MCC Youth Award. She is passionate about the young adult movement within MCC and has attended both the Young Adult Retreat and the Young Adult Leadership Mentoring Retreat. At the 2013 General Conference Katie was approved for Ordination. On September 21, 2013 she was Ordained into ministry in MCC. Katie has been appointed to her first pastoral role at MCC of Greater Saint Louis where she serves as the Pastor of Congregational Care and Worship. Katie hopes that this Young Adult Advisory Council will help to give voice to young adults around the world.
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.
Aaron Smith has a 23 year long history with MCC. He currently lives in St. Louis, MO. Aaron was also the first child baptized at Metropolitan Community Church of Greater St. Louis, as well as a grandson of one of its former pastors. Over the past year he has become a Young Adult Leader at MCCGSL as well as a participant in a variety of other ministries. As of November 2012 Aaron became the Ministry Leader of a podcast project that he is currently developing for the denomination. He has an enormous amount of love for MCC and the message that it has to all. Aaron says he cannot wait to see what the Young Adults can do with the message and mission of MCC in the future.
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.