Rev. Elder Arlene Ackerman

Rev. Elder Arlene Ackerman

22 February 1949 – 11 March 2018

Rev. Elder Arlene Joy Ackerman, died in Tucker, Georgia, USA, on 11 March 2018, after an 18-month battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

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Rev. Janet Lynne Avery

1 Dec 1945 – 13 Jul 2018

Rev. Janet Lynne Avery, born 1 December 1945 in Rochester, New York, USA, died on 13 July 2018 at Southside Regional Medical Center, in Petersburg, VA, at 72 years of age.

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Rev. Delores P. Berry

February 15, 1951- August 8, 2017

Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) leaders grieved the death of Delores Berry who transitioned on August 8, 2017. She left behind a host of clergy and so many friends who were grateful to have known her.

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Rev. Dr. James Stephen Burns (Jim)

8 September 1958 – 12 December, 2017

Rev. Dr. James Stephen Burns (Jim) passed away December 12, 2017 at the age 59. At the time of his death, he was the Pastor for Water of Life MCC, in Tucson AZ, where he had been for almost three years. It is the family’s wish that memorials be sent to Water of Life MCC, 3269 N Mountain Ave, Tucson, Arizona, USA, 85719.

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Rev. Houston Burnside, Jr.

It is with heavy and aching hearts we share the passing of Rev. Houston Burnside, Jr.

Rev. Houston’s husband Bruno Giebultowski, his step-mom Connie Burnside, other family members, and Pastor Dan were with him when he transitioned peacefully to heaven this afternoon.

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Rev. C. Jane CarlRev. C. Jane Carl

1 June 1940 – 13 March 2020

Beloved spouse of Rev. Susan Deitrick for 35 ½ years.

Born in Grand Junction, Colorado, Jane was part of the Salvation Army from birth until about 1959. She found her way home to MCC Los Angeles in 1972 after having been involved with the Sky Plot Radio Church 1959-1965 and People’s Tabernacle of Faith (LA) 1965-1970. Coming home to MCC meant a lifetime of ministry and deep relationships with so many.

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Rev. Ken Carroll

Rev. Ken Carroll, Interim Pastoral Leader (IPL) of The Rock MCC, Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA, died unexpectedly on 11 December 2018. He was 52 years old.

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Rev. Katie (Kay) Cassidy aka Rev. Kay B. PalinKatie Cassidy

Rev. Katie (Kay) Cassidy was the Founding Pastor of Oasis MCC, Phoenix, Arizona, USA. She also served as an AIDS Chaplain in the Agape Network.

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Rev. Gina Lynn (kangas) Chapman

REV. GINA LYNN (KANGAS) CHAPMAN returned to God on Thursday, August 6, 2018 at 7:35 pm in Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, Whittier, C, surrounded by loved ones.

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Rev. Celena Duncan

23 January 1946 – 19 March 2019

Rev. Celena Duncan was an active member of MCC Topeka where she served as Volunteer Clergy, and more recently as coordinator of Adult Education.

Rev. David Farrell

Rev. David Farrell, Pastor Emeritus, MCC San Diego, passed peacefully into eternal rest last evening.

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Rt. Rev. Grant Lynn Ford, DHL

April 2, 1939 – March 16, 2019

The following is a reprint from an announcement by Rev. Durrell Watkins, Senior Minister, Sunshine Cathedral, following the passing of the Right Reverend Grant Lynn Ford.

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Rev. Vickey Gibbs

Rev. Vickey Gibbs

1 December 1962  – 10 July 2020

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of Rev. Vickey Gibbs . Our hearts are broken and in shock. We extend our love and condolences to her wife, Cassandra, their children Cara and Ariel, and beloved grandchild, Xavier. Our love and comfort surround the staff and members of Resurrection MCC in Houston, Texas, USA where she served so faithfully and to all who knew her, worked with her and loved her. To the best of our knowledge, Vickey is the first MCC Clergyperson to succumb to COVID-19.

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Rev. Todd Ira Goewey

27 March 1955 -14 November 2018

Rev. Todd Ira Goewey passed away November 14, 2018, following a brief illness. He is survived by his sister, Lynne Goewey, and a beloved friend Brice Wilson. Rev. Goewey will also be missed by the congregation of MCC Charlotte, in North Carolina, USA, where he was elected as their pastor earlier in March.

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16 June 1928 – 15 March 2019
Rev. Dr. Rodger Harrison recalls in his biography that he was the sixth clergy person to join MCC, and was called by Founder Rev. Troy Perry to start a church in Orange County in 1970.

10 January 1961 – 25 March 2020
Rev. Margaret Hawk served 25 years as Pastor of New Creation MCC, Columbus, Ohio, USA.

15 December 1938 – 20 July 2020
Connie Meadows served as Moderator Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson’s Confidential Assistant.

Rev. Elder Richard Ploen

– 6 Sep 2018

Rev. Elder Richard Ploen passed away 6 September 2018. He was 91 years old and has been with Michael Ridenour, his partner, who he met at MCCLA (now Founders MCC) 45 years ago.

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Rev. Carlton Dale Mutts Rutherford, LCSW, M.Div

November 10, 1951 – July 15, 2017

The Reverend Carlton Dale Mutts Rutherford was born in Ahoskie, North Carolina and reared in Scotland Neck, a small town in northeastern North Carolina.  Scotland Neck was the home of the maternal side of his family, who traced their roots back to two slaves, Sylvia “Sylvester” and Ephraim Mutts, who still have marked graves in the area.

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Marian SchoenwetherMarian Schoenwether

18 August 1924 – 17 August 2019

Marian Schoenwether, mother of Paula Schoenwether, and mother-in-law of Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, died in her sleep 17 August 2014, peacefully, surrounded by her family.


Rev. Elder Freda Smith

Rev. Elder Freda Smith

22 November 1935 – 3 December 2019

Rev. Elder Freda Smith has inspired a generation of women, lesbians, and people of every gender and orientation.

Barbara Chase WilsonBarbara Chase Wilson

12 November 1926 – 4 August 2019

Barbara Chase Wilson, 92, passed peacefully from this life on 4 August 2019 at the Water’s Edge assisted living facility in Bradenton, Florida, USA. Prior to moving to Water’s Edge in 2018, Barbara lived in the Mount Vernon retirement community in Bradenton since 2010. She moved to Bradenton from Long Island, New York, where she had spent all of her previous years.

Frank ZerilliFrank Zerilli

2 December 1940 – 20 March 2020

Beloved spouse of Franklin Calvin for almost 42 years.

Frank was the Confidential Assistant to Rev. Troy D. Perry, the founder of Metropolitan Community Churches for 35 years and close friend for 50 years. Rev. Perry recalls being quite impressed with Frank during the job interview.