The Governing Board employs several officers to manage its duties, including Chairperson (held by the current Moderator of MCC), Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, and Treasurer.

Chairperson – Rev. Elder Rachelle Brown

Member – Rev. Victoria L. Burson

Member – Rev. Miak Siew

Member – Rev. Joe Cobb

Member – Rev. Jakob Hero

Vice-Chairperson – Kimberly Brown

Member – Dr. David L. Williams, MD, MPH

Member – Angel Collie

Member – Mark Dalgleish

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Meet the Board

 

Rev. Victoria L. Burson

Rev. Victoria L. Burson

REV. VICTORIA L. BURSON has served in many leadership capacities and brings a wealth of experience with her along with a passion for people and MCC mission.

Leadership
Rev. Burson’s leadership abilities include supervision and advisor for nursing students on the campus of El Centro College in Texas, and student development coordinator and student associate leader at Tarrant County College in Texas. She was an Elder, Assistant Pastor, and Director of Internal Ministries at Living Faith Covenant Church. Rev. Burson was also an Image Consultant/Life Coach for VLB Enterprise and currently serves as Administrator for Essentials Unleashed, a non-profit organization which provides leadership and empowerment coaching. Rev. Burson received her certification as a Professional Coach, C.P.C.

MCC Experience
Rev. Burson is the Senior Pastor at MCC Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, and previously served as an Associate Pastor at Cathedral of Hope & Executive Assistant to the Senior Pastor, Dallas, Texas, USA. She has been a presenter General Conference and PAD Conference, and has been a pastor and mentor for The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries’ (TFAM) with Project Access.

Education
Master of Divinity degree from Texas Christian University at Brite Divinity School of Theology
M.Div credits at Interdenominational Theological Center
Bachelors of Arts degree with Honors in Leadership Development and Administration from Beulah Heights University

Diversity Attributes
I am a ‘Same-Gender Loving’ woman who identifies as a Black (African -America) woman. I have been involved with several LGBTQIA initiatives around diversity/inclusion and social justice issues, the most recent being the Freddie Gray unrest in Baltimore. I have also served in the Student Government Association, Black Seminarians Union leadership team, and campus student chaplain.

My diversity attributes primary strengths emphasis are:

  • Open
  • Compassion
  • Celebrate Difference
  • Humility
  • Spirit filled and led
  • Ascribe to success of others
  • Respect towards ‘Differently Abled’
  • Team Player
  • Moral Builder
  • Transparency
  • Inclusion (Honoring orientation, creed, faith journey, and personhood)

Rev. Miak Siew

REV. MIAK SIEW has served as the executive pastor for Free Community Church, Singapore, since September 2011. He was a member of the Organizing Committee of the Amplify Conference, and a speaker at the International Consultation on Church and Homophobia held at Jakarta Theological Seminary, November 2014. He was also a speaker at South and Southeast Asian Churches’ Responses to Issues of Human Sexuality and Gender Minorities, January 2017. Rev. Siew is a member of EQARS, Emerging Queer Asian Religious Scholars, and a member of Movement Affirming Pluralism, an interfaith group in Singapore for progressive individuals.

Leadership
Rev. Siew is a founding member of PLU – People Like Us, the LGBT Advocacy Group in Singapore; founding member and coordinator for ADLUS – Adventurers Like Us, the LGBT Outdoor and Sports group;  co-organizer of IndigNation – the Singapore LGBTQ Pride festival from 2006-2009 and 2011-2013; Student Representative of the Presidential Search Committee of Pacific School of Religion; 2010 Student Representative for the Racial Justice Working Group for Pacific School of Religion; 2008-2011 Acting Chairperson / Treasurer of the CAPSR Council (Student Council of Pacific School of Religion).

MCC Experience
Rev. Siew has been a member of the Asia Ministry Development Team since 2014, and a team lead for the Asia Ministry Development Team / Emerging Church Coordinator for Asia since 2015.

Education
MDiv, Pacific School of Religion, 2011
Business Administration, National University of Singapore, 1999
Rev. Siew was ordained at New Spirit Community Church, Berkeley, August 2011.

Diversity Attributes
“I am Asian, I am gay and I am an international student. I was involved in racial justice working groups, LGBTQ working groups and the international student group. When I was approached to be the student representative of the presidential search committee I had to ask – is it because I meet all the check boxes for diversity? I was (and still am) very privileged – I am part of the majority race in Singapore and I am a cis-gender male. While there needs to be balance and a good representation, I believe that, in my case, it should not be based on those attributes or we would be perpetuating systemic issues around gender and race.”

Dr. David L. Williams, MD, MPH

DR. DAVID L. WILLIAMS is currently serving as the Interim Pastoral Leader of MCC Christ the Liberator (CTL) since December 1, 2016. He has led multiple HIV/AIDS and Spirituality support groups at local churches. Dr. Williams has been a MCC CTL member for the past 10.5 years, and has been a CTL board member from 2012 to the present serving in various positions at different junctures.

Leadership
In his professional life, Dr. Williams has attained increased levels of responsibility from mid-level management to senior director. He separated from military service as field grade officer (Lieutenant Colonel). As a member of Christ the Liberator MCC, Dr. Williams has served on the Board of Directors as a member, clerk, treasurer, and vice-moderator.

MCC Experience
Dr. Williams is currently serving as the Program Officer for the MCC Health & Wellness and HIV/AIDS Working Group, and a member of the Governing Board Assessments Commission. Dr. Williams was also on the MCC PAD Conference Planning Committee.

Education
Doctor of Medicine – Columbia University, New York, New York, USA, College of Physicians and Surgeons
Master of Public Health – Mailman School of Public Health
Bachelor of Science – Biology and Biochemical Engineering – Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, USA ; Thesis: “Development of Anti-Viral Therapy Agents with the Potential to Inhibit the Role of HIV in Chronic Recurrent Herpes Simplex Infection”

Diversity Attributes
“I identify as a black (Caribbean-African American) gay man, who has lived in multiple countries in Latin America, Europe, Australia, and the Caribbean. I speak and understand Spanish, French and some Portuguese.  Growing up in two countries prior to moving to the US has equipped me with the skills necessary to meet people on their own cultural terms.”

Rev. Joe Cobb

Rev. Joe Cobb

Roanoke, Virginia, USA

Term: 2016 -2022

Rev. Joe Cobb lives in Roanoke, Virginia, USA, with his husband, James, and their two children, Ginny and JJ. Their family also includes a daughter, Emma, and her husband, Connor Gwin, and a son, Taylor.

Rev. Joe was ordained as MCC clergy in 2006 and currently serves as Chaplain for Hermitage Roanoke (a Senior Living Community) and Community Outreach Coordinator for Highland Park School.  Joe served as Pastor of the MCC of Winston-Salem from 2007-2008 and MCC of the Blue Ridge from 2009-2017. Rev. Joe has served as the Eastern U.S. Network Lead and as the Campaign Coordinator for Would Jesus Discriminate? Prior to this, Rev. Joe served as a United Methodist Clergy in Texas, England, and Kansas, from 1985-2001.

He has a Master of Divinity degree from Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, Texas, USA, and a Bachelor of Philosophy degree from Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas, USA.

Rev. Joe is co-author of Our Family Outing: A Memoir of Coming Out and Coming Through, written with his former spouse, Rev. Leigh Anne Taylor. The book is a unique, two voice narrative of a gay man and straight woman and their journey through marriage, children, coming out, divorce, healing, reconciliation, and creating a new way of being family.

Rev. Jakob Hero, Governing Board Clergy CandidateRev. Jakob Hero

Tampa, Florida, USA

Term: 2016 – 2022

Rev. Jakob Hero is the senior pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church of Tampa, in Tampa, Florida, USA. He has also worked as a palliative care chaplain and has coordinated the Transgender Roundtable at the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry since 2011.

Rev. Jakob graduated with his Master of Divinity degree and Certificate in Sexuality and Religion in 2011 from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California, USA, where he earned the 2011 Paul Yinger Award for Excellence in Preaching and the Marcella Althaus-Reid Award in Queer Theology. Rev. Jakob also completed a Master of Arts degree in Ethics and Social Theory in 2012 from the Graduate Theological Union, in Berkeley, and was awarded the 2012 Michael Mendiola Award in Ethics.

Prior to attending seminary, Rev. Jakob served as an international volunteer for LGBT human rights throughout Eastern Europe, primarily in Zagreb, Croatia. Rev. Jakob believes strongly in the importance of diversity and racial justice and is an enthusiastic supporter of the growth of MCC globally through the Emerging Churches Program. He believes that followers of Christ are called to advocate for those at the margins. Rev. Jakob can attest to the importance and transformational power that church can have in all lives. As a transgender man, it was his church home that helped him to discover that God loves him and called him to be the person he is. Rev. Jakob’s greatest joy is raising two phenomenal kids with his partner, Allan.

Kimberly Brown, Governing Board Lay Candidate Kimberly Brown

Sandy, Oregon, USA

Term: 2016 – 2022

Kimberly S. Brown is a self-employed attorney living and working near Sandy, Oregon, on the west coast of the United States. For 17 years, Kimberly has worked with clients who are in the midst of family law litigation and as a consultant for non-profit organizations from churches to at-large membership organizations. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Kimberly worked in nonprofit management for three different organizations providing free legal services to the poor.

While Kimberly currently lives in Oregon, her childhood was spent in Bogota, Columbia, Nicosia, Cyprus, Khartoum, Sudan, and Alice Springs, Australia. When she was 20 years old, she spent eight months working for the American Embassy in Beijing, China. Kimberly believes her childhood lived in such diverse and different cultures helped make her the person she is today.

Metropolitan Community Church of Portland is Kimberly’s home church. She began attending in January 1989 and has never left. The love of God and her church community have been an integral part of more than half of her life. She has grown, changed, and succeeded in response to the love of God and her community.

Kimberly has served in various positions of ministry for MCC Portland and the denomination. Currently, Kimberly is the legal counsel for MCC Portland. Throughout the years she has served on the board of directors, taught Sunday school, and helped lead the church during periods of transition. From June 2012 through June 2014, Kimberly served as the Interim Pastoral Leader of Emerald City MCC Seattle. She has led board of directors training for churches from Oregon to Florida, USA, and in Melbourne and Brisbane, Australia. Over the years, she has worked with the denomination to assist churches who have found themselves in difficult legal situations.

In addition to her work with MCC Portland, Kimberly has had more than 30 years experience with nonprofit organizations. At the age of 22, she worked with five other passionate people to open Our House of Portland, an AIDS support organization that continues to be successful to this day. She was on the steering committee of the Oregon Gay and Lesbian Law Association (OGALLA), going on to serve as co-chair of the organization. As part of her work with OGALLA, she helped coordinate a national law conference in Portland, Oregon. While in law school, she worked to bring LGBTQ issues to the forefront in protest to the Solomon Amendment, a congressional mandate to allow military recruitment on school campus during the time when the armed services still discriminated against LGBTQ persons serving in the military. After she opened her law practice in the city of Sandy, she served as the president of the Sandy Chamber of Commerce.

In September 1989, Kimberly met her Beloved, Gail Bumala, at MCC Portland. They had a holy union on June 23, 1990, and have been happily wedded ever since. They live in Boring, Oregon, USA, (sister city of Dull, Scotland!) with her mother-in-law, Marj Bumala, who is also a member of MCC Portland, their dog Finn, and two cats, Zane Grey and Caterina.

Angel Collie, Governing Board Lay Candidate

Angel Collie

Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

Term: 2016 – 2019

Angel Collie is a transmasculine person from rural North Carolina, USA. He spends his days working as the Assistant Director of the LGBTQ Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He came back to Chapel Hill where he received his BA in Religious Studies with minors in both Women’s Studies and Sexuality Studies after obtaining his Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School.

Angel is involved widely as a member of the LGBT-Religious Archives Network Advisory Committee, The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies Transgender Roundtable, the Freedom Center for Social Justice board, MCC’s Trans and GNC working group, and is on the steering committee for the National Religious Leaders Roundtable of the National LGBTQ Task Force.

Angel is proud of his involvement in the 2006 and 2007 Soulforce Equality Rides and the nine years he served on staff with MCC. During his time at Yale Divinity School, Angel was elected by his peers to serve on the Diversity Committee and the Graduate & Professional Student Senate. He held student positions with the Office of LGBTQ Resources and the Chaplain’s Office where he co-founded W{holy} Queer. Most recently, he was honored to be included in the 2014 Trans 100.

Angel has traveled extensively, working with trans* and gender non-conforming communities and faith communities, nationally and internationally. He is super excited to be back in the Southern part of heaven where he lives with his partner, two cats, and Australian Shepherd named Scooter.

Mark Dalgleish, Governing Board Lay CandidateMark Dalgleish

Wollstonecraft, Australia

Term: 2016 – 2022

Mark Dalgleish is a UK-born medical doctor, currently working and living in Melbourne, Australia. Born in Glasgow to a family of seven siblings, he left home at 18 years old to study medicine in Aberdeen, in the North East of Scotland. He is a fully trained General Practitioner (Family Doctor), having completed his specialist training in General Practice in London in 2010.

He has particular interest and experience in Palliative Medicine, Mental and Sexual Health, and works part time in a clinic in Melbourne as well as part time in youth mental and sexual health in Geelong, Australia. He has recently completed a period of palliative care work in Geelong, and prior to this, back in Glasgow, Scotland. In his role as a doctor with a diverse portfolio, Mark has served on advisory boards in the pharmaceutical industry, and also in Primary Care Networks. He also currently does casual teaching at Monash University, and has also assisted in teaching and examinations at Deakin University and the University of Sydney.

As well as his medical work, Mark also studies theology at the Australian Catholic University, and has embarked on research into existential and spiritual distress, particularly in the terminal phases of illness and palliative care.

Having been brought up, initially in a Presbyterian Church of Scotland, and then later in a Baptist church, Mark became involved in MCC in 2008 when he started attending MCC North London after a particularly challenging time in his life dealing with conflicts in identity, faith, and personal health. This involvement in local MCC congregations continued when he moved back to Melbourne in 2011, where he had been living before moving to London. He was involved in MCC Melbourne’s board of directors and in the worship teams of both MCC Melbourne and MCC Sydney.

He was appointed on the Moderator’s International Task Force (ITF) in 2011, and later that year also joined the ITF Steering Committee. His time on the ITF gave him the opportunity to demonstrate leadership abilities, arranging and chairing meetings, negotiating and consulting with individuals within and out-with MCC, including the Council of Elders and the Governing Board, and reflecting on, exploring, and addressing ideas, concerns, expectations and hopes of people from all around the world. Mark hopes to continue this exciting work and engagement with MCC worldwide, as the church moves forward into the 21st Century, developing its inclusive and relevant ministry all around the world.