Lay Candidate Bios

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Chad Hobbs

Chad Hobbs – he, him, his

Chad is the Manager of the IT PMO (Project Management Office) at WellCare Health Plans. In this role he is responsible for a team of 10-15 Technical Project Managers and overseeing that they manage their multiple projects through all cycles of the Project Lifecyle and ensuring they are completed on time and within budget. This role regularly challenges me to think outside the box and come up with creative solutions to manage and eliminate obstacles; as well as personnel management.

He lives in sunny Tampa, Florida, USA with his husband of over 12 years (celebrating our one year wedding anniversary on 4/27!), Samuel Asencio,  and their 3 fur babies (cats) Pastina, Bailey and Kailey.

He has been a member of MCC Tampa since 2009 and attending since 2006. He has served in a variety of roles, including 5 years as the Treasurer on the Board of Directors, a member of the Pastoral Search Committee; and served as the part time Bookkeeper from mid 2015 to mid 2017. Chad was also elected to be a Lay Delegate in September of 2016 and has been an active member of the inaugural Pastoral Relations Committee at MCC Tampa since 2017. He has had an interest in the wider denomination since getting to work with many wonderful people through his various roles at MCC Tampa and that interest only grew after attending his first General Conference in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada in 2016. At the denominational level, Chad’s work includes him being a member of the Assessments Commission that was responsible for restructuring the assessments structure for UFMCC. The Assessments Commission’s proposal was approved by a vote of the body and took affect in January 2019. In addition, he is currently very active on the Programming Team and the 50th Anniversary Gala Planning Team for General Conference 2019; and will be assisting with all AV needs at GC.

Chad loves the mission and work of MCC and is dedicated to being a part of it.

Clare Coughlin

Clare Coughlin — she, her

Clare Coughlin, of Redford Michigan is a 20 year member of Divine Peace MCC where she has served on the Board of Directors in capacities including member-at- large, Treasurer, Clerk and Vice Moderator.  Most recently, Clare served as Vice Moderator during a move to a new location and the calling of an Interim Pastor.

Clare currently serves as the Lay Delegate and is the Chair of the Pastoral Search Team for Divine Peace.

Clare brings a wealth of experience from her career at the Girl Scouts where she led the Outdoor Program department and later the Product Sales department. Both of these positions were responsible for vast budgets and entailed working with a very large and diverse population.

Clare recognizes the value of hard work, direct open communication, tactfulness and transparency as she endeavors to heed God’s call to help MCC move forward.

Clare’s spouse is Barbara Hardison.  They have been together 32 years and married for almost 4 years.  Since the wedding they sometimes call each other “Sadie” (for Sadie, Sadie married lady!) They live in Redford, Michigan, USA with their dog Abby.

James Chavis

James Chavis — him, his

Originally from New Jersey, James grew up in the Presbyterian Church and was ordained as an Elder, leading the youth for just over three years.  In addition, he served on the church board serving a congregation of more than 500 members.

Upon moving to Texas USA in 2003, James attended various MCC churches in Dallas and Fort Worth. Finally settling down in San Antonio, he found his church home at MCC San Antonio. In 2014, he became a member and began serving in the choir and helping in other ministries in the church. James was appointed to the church board in 2015, still continuing to serve, he has held the position of risk manager, and now vice moderator.

James brings various levels of work experience including business and human resources. Currently working in education with 16 years experience, James has been a Teacher, Counselor, Coordinator, Director and now Interim Superintendent of a charter school district. He currently holds a Masters Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Park University.

Mark Godette

Mark Godette — he, him

Mark started with MCC more than 15 years ago. He left while exploring other options and returned in 2013. He is currently serving a second consecutive term as a member of the Board of Directors at his local church, St. John’s Metropolitan Community Church. He has served as Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, Member at Large, and his current role as Vice Moderator.

In 2015 Mark earned the certificate in the MCC Lay Certificate Program, Laity Empowered for Active Discipleship (L.E.A.D.). He also earned a certificate to teach the Creating A Life That Matters (CLM) program, and he is serving a five-year term in MCC’s Judicial Pool.

Mark is a successful technology leader, with more than 20 years of systems experience, a background in project management, data management, vendor management, process improvement, user training, and extensive experience working with both technical and non-technical management daily.

Mark and his husband, Rick Godette, have been together for 26 years. They were officially married in 2015 at their home in Knightdale, North Carolina, USA surrounded by family and friends. They are both active members of St. John’s Metropolitan Community Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. They have three adopted children and have fostered several children, from ages 2 to 19 years of age.

In his free time, Mark enjoys traveling, learning new technology, and spending time with family and friends.

Stan Kimer

Stan Kimer — he, him, his

Stan Kimer brings a wealth of corporate knowledge and experience with 30+ years of global IBM experience in Marketing, Finance, Development, Operations, Human Resources (Diversity) and Management.  Upon retiring from IBM in 2010, Stan founded Total Engagement Consulting by Kimer, Inc., a consultancy with a focus on Diversity Management and Career Mapping / Skills Development.  He has served on various community Boards e.g. NC Council of Churches, Raleigh’s LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Raleigh Sister Cities, etc. Stan is also Founder of the Kimer-Kamba Community Center in Mtito-Andei, Kenya.

Stan first joined MCC in 1991 at St. John’s MCC in Raleigh, NC, USA.  In his local congregation, he served in numerous roles: Lay Delegate, Stewardship Chair, and on the Board of Trustees.  As a lay leader, he has preached and conducted stewardship seminars in over 15 MCC congregations and gatherings in at least 6 different US states.  Though residing in the United States, Stan is currently a member and lay delegate of Neema MCC, Mtito-Andei, Kenya since 2012, believing that remote virtual MCC church can be one innovative way people can stay involved in and connected to MCC.

During his 27-year involvement in MCC, Stan has served as GLAD District Lay Representative, MCC Chair of the Commission on the Laity, Team Leader of the MCC Ecumenical and Inter-religious Team, MCC Structure Review Team member, and most recently on the Moderator Nominating Committee.  He currently serves on the Governing Board of the North Carolina Council of Churches and served as President for 2 years 2011 – 2012.

Four years ago, at the age of 59, with no prior experience, Stan decided to pursue his dream of becoming a competitive adult figure skater and is now successfully competing on the adult circuit.