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Reverend A. Leon (Lee) Tredwell is a native of Norfolk, Virginia and is the son of the late Leon C. and Berdine H. Wells Tredwell. He is a graduate of Norview High School, completing his first two years of college at Virginia Union University, Richmond, Va. Lee received his Bachelor of Science degree from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota and his Master of Arts degree from United Seminary St. Paul, Minnesota.Rev. Tredwell earned his Ph.D. in Religion and Social Change from Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. Lee’s dissertation entitled: “Black, Queer and Blessed: Toward a Black, Biblically Based Black Queer, Narrative of Leadership, pushes the intellectual boundaries of biblical scholarship by expositing a previously ignored “queer” biblical character – Ebed-Melech.

A Lecturer at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he teaches 21st Century Leadership, Lee also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Iliff School of Theology, where he is noted for his course in African American Preaching. In August of 2016, Lee was re-ordained at Calvary Baptist Church of Denver as an openly “queer” Black male. Lee is the father of three adult children and grandfather of four.

Pastor’s Welcome

Blessings to you!

I’m hoping that as you hear this greeting, you are feeling blessed and excited about your journey in life, or perhaps it’s a down day and you are wondering how you are going to make through.  In either case, I am recommending that you consider an engagement with the Spiritual dimension of our existence. I invite you to come join us in worship at Holy Redeemer Metropolitan Community Church, College Park, Maryland. From our perspective, three major ingredients combine and synergize to create an impactful worship experience. First, a warm and welcoming fellowship. A group of people who are diverse in origins and cultural development. A people who understand that if the Creator didn’t make two snowflakes the same, surely each living human soul is a unique and wondrous creation of the divine.  Straight, gay, queer, black, white, brown, come onecome all. All are welcome. Second, great music.  Music which speaks to the heart and uplifts the human spirit. Covid-19 and our inability to gather has certainly impacted our normal musical capacity, but we invite you to join with us as we are one show working harddespite this barrier to increase our musical capacity and impact.  Please come watch us as we grow! The Third ingredient is an articulate biblical interpretation which is both theologically sound and contextually relevant.

As the Senior Pastor at Holy Redeemer, the preached word is one of my primary responsibilities and weekly I search the scriptures to identify pericopes, narratives, and allegories which speak to our context in an attempt to reveal the Word of God for our current season.Come and check us out.  Please request a reservation by sending an email to join us at 11 a.m. on Sunday morning. Looking forward to an opportunity to fellowship with you soon.