Point Elders

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From the Council of Elders:

The primary responsibility of Elders is to give pastoral leadership and care to enable the Fellowship on our spiritual journey, serve in a pastoral role and direct the spiritual life of MCC. (UFMCC Bylaws). Many of our clergy, lay pastors and lay leaders have expressed a sense of isolation and desire a stronger connection with UFMCC.  The Council of Elders (COE) is hoping that the Point Elder initiative will be one way to meet these expressed needs. For those who ask the question, “Who is our Elder?”, there is now an answer to that question.

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(Updated: 13 February 2019)

 

Point Elder are available to serve in three capacities:

  1. Provide spiritual support and pastoral care for churches, clergy and lay pastoral leaders, when requested. Whenever there is a need for spiritual support and care, please contact the appropriate Point Elder. A Point Elder can bring prayer concerns or praises to the monthly meetings of the COE so that the other Elders can pray for these concerns or praises; this would always be with permission given to share prayer requests.
  2. Participate in congregational celebrations. Many churches do not know who to invite when they would like UFMCC participation in celebrating special congregational events, such as installing a new pastor or celebrating a church anniversary. A church’s Point Elder can assist with recognizing these milestones, although churches are free to invite someone other than their Point Elder if they wish. (As in the past, congregations would usually cover the expenses to have an Elder as a guest at congregational celebrations.)
  3. Recommend or make a referral to MCC denominational staff, the Governing Board, or other appropriate resource when churches, clergy or lay pastoral leaders need or want to make such contact.

 

The role of a Point Elder is exclusively one of support, which does not include exercising any administrative authority or responsibility. All Elders serve in this capacity as unpaid volunteers. Some Elders are also paid staff, paid for their staff work but not for their work as an Elder. Those Elders, who are also staff members, have administrative responsibilities for our congregations, pastors or clergy; they exercise their administrative duties as staff members, not as Elders. For example, the Elders’ duties do not include being involved in the oversight of churches or individual pastors; neither would an Elder intervene when there is conflict within a congregation. Consequently, when a Point Elder, who is also a staff member, needs to interact with a congregation or clergy in his or her administrative role as a staff member, a different Point Elder would be offered to the congregation or clergy to provide spiritual support or pastoral care.

 

When the COE was seeking feedback on the Point Elder initiative, several people asked how a Point Elder was selected. Here is the process we followed: As a first step, the COE recognized that some Elders already had supportive relationships with some congregations, pastors, lay leaders and clergy. We attempted to honor those relationships by first asking each Elder to select the congregations, pastors, lay leaders and clergy with whom they already had a relationship. As a second step, we then adjusted the pairings to make more equitable the number of congregations and individuals each Elder would serve.

 

In addition, the feedback we received requested that the Point Elder relationship be completely voluntary. Consequently, this means congregations, pastors or clergy would initiate any requests of support from their Point Elder. If a church, clergy person or pastor already has sufficient support systems in place and has a good familiarity with the UFMCC resources, they may not need to ask for Point Elder assistance.

 

Of course, we want to make sure there is good pastoral support, prayer and ongoing sense of community and connection with our congregations and leaders, so there needs to be a good fit between the Point Elder and those they serve. We anticipate some adjustments might still be needed. If another Elder would be a better fit, then the pastor, clergy person or lay leader is encouraged to contact the Convener of the Council of Elders at [email protected] so that an adjustment can be made.  The list of Point Elders and their congregations can be found below.

Rev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez – [email protected]
Rev. Elder Margarita Sánchez De León – [email protected]
Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson – [email protected]
Rev. Elder Ines-Paul Baumann – [email protected]
Rev. Elder Pat Bumgardner – [email protected]
Rev. Elder Tony Freeman – [email protected]
Elder Nancy Maxwell – [email protected]

 

CountryStateCityCongregationPoint Elder
ArgentinaArgentinaSanta FeICM Sante FeRev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
ArgentinaBuenos AiresBuenos AiresICM Buenos Aires ArgentinaRev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
ArgentinaBuenos AiresTroncos del TalarICM TigreRev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
AustraliaNew South WalesGranvilleMCC Good Shepherd Western SydneyElder Nancy Maxwell
AustraliaNew South WalesPaddingtonCRAVE MCCElder Nancy Maxwell
AustraliaNew South WalesPetershamMCC SydneyElder Nancy Maxwell
AustraliaQueenslandFortitude ValleyMCC BrisbaneElder Nancy Maxwell
AustraliaVictoriaBayswaterMCC MelbourneElder Nancy Maxwell
BrazilCearáFortalezaICM FortalezaRev. Elder Margarita Sánchez De León
BrazilCearáJuazeiro do NorteICM CaririRev. Elder Margarita Sánchez De León
BrazilEspírito SantoVitoriaICM VitoriaRev. Elder Margarita Sánchez De León
BrazilMinas GeraisBelo HorizonteICM Belo HorizonteRev. Elder Margarita Sánchez De León
BrazilParaíbaCabedeloICM CabedeloRev. Elder Margarita Sánchez De León
BrazilParanáMaringaICM MaringàRev. Elder Margarita Sánchez De León
BrazilRio de JaneiroRio de JaneiroICM Rio de JaneiroRev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
BrazilRio de JaneiroRio De JanieroICM Baixada FluminenseRev. Elder Margarita Sánchez De León
BrazilSão PauloPeruibeICM Baixada SantistaRev. Elder Margarita Sánchez De León
BrazilSão PauloSao PauloICM Sao PauloRev. Elder Margarita Sánchez De León
BrazilTeresinaICM TeresinaRev. Elder Margarita Sánchez De León
CanadaOntarioTorontoMCC TorontoRev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
CanadaOntarioWindsorMCC WindsorElder Nancy Maxwell
ChileSantiagoSantiagoICM Casa de EmmausRev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
ColombiaBogotaMinisterio Cristianismo ConscienteRev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
CubaLa HabanaICM La HabanaRev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
CubaMatanzasSOMOS ICM EN CUBARev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
CubaSanta ClaraICM Santa ClaraRev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
Dominican RepublicSanto DomingoIglesia De La Trinidad ICMRev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
FinlandHelsinkiElävä vesi MCC (Living Water MCC)Rev. Elder Ines-Paul Baumann
GermanyHamburgMCC HamburgElder Nancy Maxwell
GermanyKölnMCC Köln (Cologne)Elder Nancy Maxwell
GermanyStuttgartSalz der Erde MCC StuttgartElder Nancy Maxwell
ItalyMilanIl Cherchio / The CircleRev. Elder Ines-Paul Baumann
KenyaMtito AndeiNeema MCCRev. Elder Pat Bumgardner
Korea, Republic ofSeoul CityOpen Doors MCCElder Nancy Maxwell
MexicoChihuahuaCiudad JuarezICM JuárezRev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
MexicoJaliscoZapopanICM GuadalajaraRev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
MexicoMexico StateMexico CityValle de AnahuacRev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
MexicoNuevo LeónCentro MonterreyCOMAC Comunidad Metropolitana ACRev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
MexicoNuevo LeónMonterreyICM Casa de LuzRev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
MexicoNuevo LeónMonterreyICM Cristo en TíRev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
MexicoPueblaPueblaLibres por Amor ICMRev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
MexicoQuerétaroQuerétaroICM Puentes de LuzRev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
MexicoTamaulipasRio BravoMisión Dios de Amor ICMRev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
MexicoVeracruzOrizabaLibres en Jesucristo ICMRev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
MexicoVeracruzVeracruzICM VeracruzRev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
New ZealandAucklandMangere EastChurch In Progress MCCElder Nancy Maxwell
New ZealandBarringtonOasis Lite ChristchurchElder Nancy Maxwell
PhilippinesBaguio CityMCC Metro BaguioElder Nancy Maxwell
PhilippinesMandaluyong CityOpen Table MCCElder Nancy Maxwell
PhilippinesMarikina CityMCC MarikinaElder Nancy Maxwell
RomaniaRomaniaBucharestEuro-Regional Center for Public InitiativesRev. Elder Ines-Paul Baumann
ScotlandEdinburghAugustine United ChurchRev. Elder Ines-Paul Baumann
ScotlandGlasgowMCC in GlasgowRev. Elder Ines-Paul Baumann
South AfricaWaterfrontGood Hope MCCRev. Elder Tony Freeman
SpainMadridMadridIglesia de El Salvador-Iglesia Evangélica EspañolaRev. Elder Ines-Paul Baumann
UgandaKampalaMCC KampalaElder Nancy Maxwell
United KingdomBrightonThe Village MCCRev. Elder Ines-Paul Baumann
United KingdomDevonExeterSafe Harbour MCCRev. Elder Ines-Paul Baumann
United KingdomDorsetBournemouthInclusive Community ChurchRev. Elder Ines-Paul Baumann
United KingdomDorsetPooleRiver of Life MCC UKRev. Elder Ines-Paul Baumann
United KingdomLondon145 Stepney wayMCC East LondonRev. Elder Ines-Paul Baumann
United KingdomWalesCardiffCity United Reformed ChurchRev. Elder Ines-Paul Baumann
United KingdomWest MidlandsBirminghamJourney MCCRev. Elder Ines-Paul Baumann
United KingdomBrightonMCC BrightonRev. Elder Ines-Paul Baumann
United KingdomEdinburghOur TribeRev. Elder Ines-Paul Baumann
United KingdomLondonMCC North LondonRev. Elder Ines-Paul Baumann
United KingdomNewcastle upon TyneNorthern Lights MCCRev. Elder Ines-Paul Baumann
United StatesAlabamaMobileCornerstone MCCElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesArizonaPhoenixMCC PhoenixRev. Elder Tony Freeman
United StatesArizonaTucsonWater of Life MCCRev. Elder Pat Bumgardner
United StatesCaliforniaCathedral CityMCC of the Coachella ValleyElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesCaliforniaCosta MesaResurrection Beach MCCRev. Elder Tony Freeman
United StatesCaliforniaFolsomReflection MCCRev. Elder Tony Freeman
United StatesCaliforniaGuernevilleMCC of the Redwood EmpireElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesCaliforniaLos AngelesFounders MCCElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesCaliforniaNorth HollywoodMCC UCC in the ValleyRev. Elder Tony Freeman
United StatesCaliforniaOaklandFlowering Justice MinistryElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesCaliforniaSacramentoA Church for All MCCRev. Elder Tony Freeman
United StatesCaliforniaSan DiegoMCC San DiegoRev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United StatesCaliforniaSan FranciscoMCC San FranciscoRev. Elder Tony Freeman
United StatesCaliforniaSan MateoMany Journeys MCCRev. Elder Pat Bumgardner
United StatesCaliforniaStocktonValley Ministries MCCElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesCaliforniaTustinChrist Chapel MCCRev. Elder Tony Freeman
United StatesCaliforniaWhittierGood Samaritan MCCRev. Elder Pat Bumgardner
United StatesColoradoColorado SpringsPikes Peak MCCElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesColoradoDenverMCC of the RockiesElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesColoradoFort CollinsMCC Family in ChristElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesConnecticutHartfordMCC HartfordRev. Elder Pat Bumgardner
United StatesConnecticutNew HavenElm City OasisRev. Elder Pat Bumgardner
United StatesDelawareRehoboth BeachMCC Rehoboth BeachRev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United StatesDistrict of ColumbiaWashingtonMCC Washington DCElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesDistrict of ColumbiaWashington DCCovenant Baptist United Church of ChristRev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United StatesFloridaBellviewOpen Circle MCCElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesFloridaBoynton BeachChurch of Our Savior MCCRev. Elder Tony Freeman
United StatesFloridaFort LauderdaleSunshine Cathedral MCCRev. Elder Pat Bumgardner
United StatesFloridaFort MyersSt. John the Apostle MCCElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesFloridaGainesvilleTrinity MCC, GainesvilleElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesFloridaJacksonvilleNorth Florida MCCElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesFloridaKey WestMCC Key WestRev. Elder Pat Bumgardner
United StatesFloridaOcalaGod’s Acre MCCElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesFloridaOrlandoJoy MCCRev. Elder Tony Freeman
United StatesFloridaPalm Beach GardensMCC of the Palm BeachesElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesFloridaPensacolaHoly Cross MCCElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesFloridaPunta GordaBeyond These Walls MCCElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesFloridaSarasotaChurch of the Trinity MCCRev. Elder Pat Bumgardner
United StatesFloridaSt. AugustineFirstCoast MCCRev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United StatesFloridaSt. PetersburgKing of Peace MCCElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesFloridaTallahasseeThrive MCCElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesFloridaTampaMCC TampaRev. Elder Pat Bumgardner
United StatesFloridaVeniceSunCoast MCCElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesGeorgiaAthensOur Hope MCCRev. Elder Pat Bumgardner
United StatesGeorgiaAtlantaProgressive Christian ReflectionsElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesGeorgiaAugustaMCC of Our RedeemerElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesHawaiiPahoaOpen Arms MCCRev. Elder Pat Bumgardner
United StatesIdahoBoiseLiberating Spirit MCCElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesIllinoisBrookfieldHoly Covenant MCCElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesIllinoisChicagoaChurch4Me MCCElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesIllinoisSpringfieldHeartland MCCRev. Elder Tony Freeman
United StatesIndianaIndianpolisLifeJourney MCCElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesIndianaPortageMCC IllianaElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesIowaDavenportMCC of the Quad CitiesRev. Elder Pat Bumgardner
United StatesKansasTopekaMCC TopekaRev. Elder Tony Freeman
United StatesKansasWichitaFirst MCCElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesKentuckyLouisvileMCC of LouisvilleElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesKentuckyPaducahRiver of Hope MCCElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesLouisianaBaton RougeMCC of Baton RougeElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesLouisianaNew OrleansMCC of New OrleansElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesMarylandBaltimoreMCC BaltimoreRev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United StatesMarylandBoydsOpen Door MCCRev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United StatesMarylandCollege ParkHoly Redeemer MCCRev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United StatesMarylandHagerstownNew Light MCCRev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United StatesMarylandSilver SpringEmpowerment Liberation CathedralRev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United StatesMassachusettsBostonMCC BostonRev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United StatesMichiganFlintRedeemer MCC of FlintRev. Elder Tony Freeman
United StatesMichiganRoyal OakMCC DetroitElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesMichiganSaginawBreath of Life Spiritual Center MCCElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesMichiganWaterfordDivine Peace MCCElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesMinnesotaMinneapolisAll God’s Children MCCElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesMissouriKansas CitySpirit of Hope MCCElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesMissouriSt. LouisMCC of Greater Saint LouisElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesNebraskaOmahaMCC OmahaElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesNevadaLas VegasLove MCCRev. Elder Tony Freeman
United StatesNew JerseyEdisonChrist the Liberator MCCRev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United StatesNew MexicoAlbuquerqueMCC AlbuquerqueElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesNew YorkNew YorkMCC New YorkRev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United StatesNew YorkRochesterOpen Arms MCC of Western New YorkRev. Elder Pat Bumgardner
United StatesNorth CarolinaCharlotteMCC CharlotteRev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United StatesNorth CarolinaCharlotteNew Life MCC (Gastonia)Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United StatesNorth CarolinaDurhamImani MCCRev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United StatesNorth CarolinaHendersonvilleMCC Sacred JourneyRev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United StatesNorth CarolinaRaleighSt. John’s MCCRev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United StatesNorth CarolinaWilmingtonSt. Jude’s MCCRev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United StatesNorth CarolinaWinston-SalemNew Faith MCCRev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United StatesOhioCincinnatiNew Spirit MCCRev. Elder Tony Freeman
United StatesOhioClevelandSola Caritas MCCRev. Elder Pat Bumgardner
United StatesOhioColumbusNew Creation MCCRev. Elder Tony Freeman
United StatesOhioDaytonEternal Joy MCCElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesOregonPortlandMCC PortlandRev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United StatesPennsylvaniaAstonImago Dei MCCRev. Elder Pat Bumgardner
United StatesPennsylvaniaBethlehemMCC of the Lehigh ValleyElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesPennsylvaniaHarrisburgMCC of the SpiritElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesPennsylvaniaMonroevilleMCC PittsburghRev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United StatesPennsylvaniaMountvilleVision of Hope MCCElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesPennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaCome As You Are MCCRev. Elder Pat Bumgardner
United StatesPennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaWhosoever MCCRev. Elder Pat Bumgardner
United StatesPuerto RicoMayaguezICM Cristocéntrica de Restauración IntegralRev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
United StatesPuerto RicoRio PiedrasICM Cristo SanadorRev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
United StatesSouth CarolinaCharlestonMCC CharlestonRev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United StatesTennesseeChattanoogaThe Rock MCCRev. Elder Tony Freeman
United StatesTennesseeKnoxvilleMCC KnoxvilleElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesTexasAbileneExodus MCCElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesTexasAmarilloMCC AmarilloRev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United StatesTexasAustinSanctuary in the WoodsRev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United StatesTexasAustinupRisingElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesTexasDentonHarvest MCCElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesTexasEl PasoMCC El PasoElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesTexasFort WorthAgape MCCElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesTexasGrand PrairieTrinity MCC Arlington/Grand PrairieRev. Elder Tony Freeman
United StatesTexasHoustonResurrection MCCRev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United StatesTexasLubbockMCC LubbockRev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United StatesTexasSan AntonioMCC San AntonioElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesTexasWacoCentral Texas MCC from the HeartRev. Elder Pat Bumgardner
United StatesTexasWichita FallsWichita Falls MCCRev. Elder Margarita Sánchez De León
United StatesUtahSalt Lake CityWasatch MCCRev. Elder Tony Freeman
United StatesVirginiaFairfaxMCC of Northern Virginia (NOVA)Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United StatesVirginiaNorfolkNew Life MCC of Hampton RoadsRev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United StatesVirginiaRichmondMCC RichmondRev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United StatesVirginiaRoanokeMCC of the Blue RidgeRev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United StatesVirginiaWinchesterShenandoah Valley MCCElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesWashingtonKennewickRiver of Life MCC USAElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesWashingtonSeattleEmerald City MCC SeattleRev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United StatesWashingtonVancouverMCC of the Gentle ShepherdRev. Elder Tony Freeman
United StatesWest VirginiaMartinsburgThe Beauty Way MCCRev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United StatesWisconsinGreen BayAngels of Hope MCCElder Nancy Maxwell
United StatesWisconsinMilwaukeeMilwaukee MCCElder Nancy Maxwell
UruguayMontevideoMontevideoDiaconia Cristiana en la Diversidad ICMRev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofValenciaICM ValenciaRev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez

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