About

Index:

1. Who are you?

2. What are your basic beliefs?

3. Do you have a special ministry emphasis?

4. Who is your pastor?

5. Are children welcomed at HRMCC?

6. Can I help?

7. Right now I just need to worship and “veg.” Can I do that?

8. How can I get more information?

1. Who are you?

Holy Redeemer MCC is a member congregation of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (UFMCC) http://www.mccchurch.org

MCC began with a service held in our founder’s Los Angeles living room on October 6, 1968. Counting our founder, Rev. Troy Perry, there were 13 in attendance at that first service. Troy had become aware of the despair that many gay and lesbian people felt because of the rejection they experienced in faith communities and, through a his own experiences, felt strongly that God loved all people equally without regard to their sexual orientation. He held the service because he became convinced that God was leading him to provide a place where gay and lesbian people could worship in an atmosphere of respect and acceptance. Since its founding in 1968, MCC has grown into a denomination of approximately 300 churches in 18 countries throughout the world. Worldwide membership surpassed 40,000 in 2000.

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2. What are your basic beliefs?

Our faith is based upon the historic creeds: Apostles’ and Nicene. We believe in a Triune God–God our Parent-Creator; Jesus Christ, the only begotten son of God, God in flesh, human; and the Holy Spirit, God as our Sustainer. Both locally and through our affiliation with Metropolitan Community Churches, we proclaim God’s love for ALL persons, participate in a ministry of social justice, and advocate the human rights of all persons.

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3. Do you have a special ministry emphasis?

Yes. We are a Christian church with a special ministry to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender people, but ALL people seeking a Christ-centered church home where they can worship and serve together in love and mutual respect are welcome.

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4. Who is your pastor?

Current Pastor: Our current pastor is the Rev. David K. North. David was born on July 4, 1955, the fifth of six children, into a devout, Christian family in Alton, Illinois. His family was very active in St. John Baptist Church. He was licensed to preach the Gospel of Christ in November 1979. Educational endeavors include a Bachelor of Arts in Physics (June 1977) and a Master of Science in Environmental Studies (August 1980) from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Edwardsville, Illinois, and a Master of Divinity from Colgate Rochester Bexley Hall Crozer Theological Seminary, Rochester, New York (May 1982).

Rev. North began full-time ministry as the Assistant to the Pastor of Metropolitan Baptist Church, N.W., Washington, D.C., and served there from July 1982 until September 1984. He then served as Pastor of Antioch Baptist Church, N.E., Washington, D.C., until July 1991. Rev. North was diagnosed as HIV+ in June 1991, which precipitated his resignation and separation from his wife and family. He began attending Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, D.C., where he came to an acceptance of who and what he was as a homosexual. After eleven years of spiritual and emotional healing, Rev. North has reclaimed his calling to ordained ministry, and has been re-ordained in the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches. Rev. David K. North has shared his powerful ministry of Word, testimony, and song in churches throughout the United Stated, and feels a strong calling to be a “bridge person” for all who would embrace religious tolerance, ecumenism, and the joy of God’s unconditional love.

Founding Pastors: Our first pastoral leadership was provided by the Rev. Clay Witt. After many years of association with MCC as a lay person, Clay entered Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC, in 1991. He graduated from Wesley and was ordained in MCC in July 1996. He was part of the group who founded Holy Redeemer MCC as a Parish Extension of MCC Washington (DC). Clay was assisted by the Rev. Gail S. Hicks. Gail is a 1997 Wesley graduate who was also ordained in MCC in July 1996. Clay and Gail served as our Pastors during our formation stage and then from our first worship service in June 1998 through the end of April 2003.

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5. Are children welcomed at HRMCC?

Yes, certainly! We have always tried to make it clear that children are welcome. They have been a joy in the life of our congregation.

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6. Can I help?

Let us know what your passion for ministry is and we will find a place for you to serve and grow. There is much to do and YOUR talents are needed. Needs include (but are not limited to!) musicians, vocal group members, persons interested in teaching and education programs, help with all kinds of administrative tasks, persons interested in helping with community pastoral care needs, persons skilled in sign language, publicists, ushers, those interested in helping plan “pot lucks” and other community events, accountants, financial and fund raising advisors, persons interested in reaching out to the community outside the church walls—and more. We can use your gifts!

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7. Right now I just need to worship and “veg.” Can I do that?

Absolutely! The call of Christ is always a call to discipleship and service, but we know that the first major job most of us have when we rediscover God’s love for us is just to immerse ourselves in that love for awhile and let healing happen. Over time, God will help us get strong enough to get involved and point us in the direction of service that God knows is “just right” for us. But if some space to just rest in God’s arms and worship is what you need right now, we will understand because most of us have been there.

Others are already back on the path to restored relationship with God, but just won’t be able to pitch in right now because they are already deeply committed to doing some other important volunteer work, are caring for a partner or family member who is ill, or for any number of other reasons. That is OK too.

In short, we need your talents and gifts and will appreciate whatever you may want to do to further God’s reign here, but don’t stay away or be embarrassed if you just need to come pray and celebrate with us while you do other things that God has called you to do. We’ll do our best to provide the spiritual food you need for your journey.

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8. How can I get more information?

Please see our “Contact Information” page. We encourage you to:

Write us, either by regular or electronic mail.
You can call the church office and leave a message for us. We are not yet large enough to have an office staff to answer your call personally during the week, but we will get back to you as quickly as we can.
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