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]

 

Country State City Congregation Point Elder
Argentina Argentina Santa Fe ICM Sante Fe Rev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
Argentina Buenos Aires Buenos Aires ICM Buenos Aires Argentina Rev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
Argentina Buenos Aires Troncos del Talar ICM Tigre Rev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
Australia New South Wales Granville MCC Good Shepherd Western Sydney Elder Nancy Maxwell
Australia New South Wales Paddington CRAVE MCC Elder Nancy Maxwell
Australia New South Wales Petersham MCC Sydney Elder Nancy Maxwell
Australia Queensland Fortitude Valley MCC Brisbane Elder Nancy Maxwell
Australia Victoria Bayswater MCC Melbourne Elder Nancy Maxwell
Brazil Ceará Fortaleza ICM Fortaleza Rev. Elder Margarita Sánchez De León
Brazil Ceará Juazeiro do Norte ICM Cariri Rev. Elder Margarita Sánchez De León
Brazil Espírito Santo Vitoria ICM Vitoria Rev. Elder Margarita Sánchez De León
Brazil Minas Gerais Belo Horizonte ICM Belo Horizonte Rev. Elder Margarita Sánchez De León
Brazil Paraíba Cabedelo ICM Cabedelo Rev. Elder Margarita Sánchez De León
Brazil Paraná Maringa ICM Maringà Rev. Elder Margarita Sánchez De León
Brazil Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro ICM Rio de Janeiro Rev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
Brazil Rio de Janeiro Rio De Janiero ICM Baixada Fluminense Rev. Elder Margarita Sánchez De León
Brazil São Paulo Peruibe ICM Baixada Santista Rev. Elder Margarita Sánchez De León
Brazil São Paulo Sao Paulo ICM Sao Paulo Rev. Elder Margarita Sánchez De León
Brazil Teresina ICM Teresina Rev. Elder Margarita Sánchez De León
Canada Ontario Toronto MCC Toronto Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
Canada Ontario Windsor MCC Windsor Elder Nancy Maxwell
Chile Santiago Santiago ICM Casa de Emmaus Rev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
Colombia Bogota Ministerio Cristianismo Consciente Rev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
Cuba La Habana ICM La Habana Rev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
Cuba Matanzas SOMOS ICM EN CUBA Rev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
Cuba Santa Clara ICM Santa Clara Rev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
Dominican Republic Santo Domingo Iglesia De La Trinidad ICM Rev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
Finland Helsinki Elävä vesi MCC (Living Water MCC) Rev. Elder Ines-Paul Baumann
Germany Hamburg MCC Hamburg Elder Nancy Maxwell
Germany Köln MCC Köln (Cologne) Elder Nancy Maxwell
Germany Stuttgart Salz der Erde MCC Stuttgart Elder Nancy Maxwell
Italy Milan Il Cherchio / The Circle Rev. Elder Ines-Paul Baumann
Kenya Mtito Andei Neema MCC Rev. Elder Pat Bumgardner
Korea, Republic of Seoul City Open Doors MCC Elder Nancy Maxwell
Mexico Chihuahua Ciudad Juarez ICM Juárez Rev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
Mexico Jalisco Zapopan ICM Guadalajara Rev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
Mexico Mexico State Mexico City Valle de Anahuac Rev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
Mexico Nuevo León Centro Monterrey COMAC Comunidad Metropolitana AC Rev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
Mexico Nuevo León Monterrey ICM Casa de Luz Rev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
Mexico Nuevo León Monterrey ICM Cristo en Tí Rev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
Mexico Puebla Puebla Libres por Amor ICM Rev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
Mexico Querétaro Querétaro ICM Puentes de Luz Rev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
Mexico Tamaulipas Rio Bravo Misión Dios de Amor ICM Rev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
Mexico Veracruz Orizaba Libres en Jesucristo ICM Rev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
Mexico Veracruz Veracruz ICM Veracruz Rev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
New Zealand Auckland Mangere East Church In Progress MCC Elder Nancy Maxwell
New Zealand Barrington Oasis Lite Christchurch Elder Nancy Maxwell
Philippines Baguio City MCC Metro Baguio Elder Nancy Maxwell
Philippines Mandaluyong City Open Table MCC Elder Nancy Maxwell
Philippines Marikina City MCC Marikina Elder Nancy Maxwell
Romania Romania Bucharest Euro-Regional Center for Public Initiatives Rev. Elder Ines-Paul Baumann
Scotland Edinburgh Augustine United Church Rev. Elder Ines-Paul Baumann
Scotland Glasgow MCC in Glasgow Rev. Elder Ines-Paul Baumann
South Africa Waterfront Good Hope MCC Rev. Elder Tony Freeman
Spain Madrid Madrid Iglesia de El Salvador-Iglesia Evangélica Española Rev. Elder Ines-Paul Baumann
Uganda Kampala MCC Kampala Elder Nancy Maxwell
United Kingdom Brighton The Village MCC Rev. Elder Ines-Paul Baumann
United Kingdom Devon Exeter Safe Harbour MCC Rev. Elder Ines-Paul Baumann
United Kingdom Dorset Bournemouth Inclusive Community Church Rev. Elder Ines-Paul Baumann
United Kingdom Dorset Poole River of Life MCC UK Rev. Elder Ines-Paul Baumann
United Kingdom London 145 Stepney way MCC East London Rev. Elder Ines-Paul Baumann
United Kingdom Wales Cardiff City United Reformed Church Rev. Elder Ines-Paul Baumann
United Kingdom West Midlands Birmingham Journey MCC Rev. Elder Ines-Paul Baumann
United Kingdom Brighton MCC Brighton Rev. Elder Ines-Paul Baumann
United Kingdom Edinburgh Our Tribe Rev. Elder Ines-Paul Baumann
United Kingdom London MCC North London Rev. Elder Ines-Paul Baumann
United Kingdom Newcastle upon Tyne Northern Lights MCC Rev. Elder Ines-Paul Baumann
United States Alabama Mobile Cornerstone MCC Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States Arizona Phoenix MCC Phoenix Rev. Elder Tony Freeman
United States Arizona Tucson Water of Life MCC Rev. Elder Pat Bumgardner
United States California Cathedral City MCC of the Coachella Valley Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States California Costa Mesa Resurrection Beach MCC Rev. Elder Tony Freeman
United States California Folsom Reflection MCC Rev. Elder Tony Freeman
United States California Guerneville MCC of the Redwood Empire Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States California Los Angeles Founders MCC Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States California North Hollywood MCC UCC in the Valley Rev. Elder Tony Freeman
United States California Oakland Flowering Justice Ministry Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States California Sacramento A Church for All MCC Rev. Elder Tony Freeman
United States California San Diego MCC San Diego Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United States California San Francisco MCC San Francisco Rev. Elder Tony Freeman
United States California San Mateo Many Journeys MCC Rev. Elder Pat Bumgardner
United States California Stockton Valley Ministries MCC Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States California Tustin Christ Chapel MCC Rev. Elder Tony Freeman
United States California Whittier Good Samaritan MCC Rev. Elder Pat Bumgardner
United States Colorado Colorado Springs Pikes Peak MCC Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States Colorado Denver MCC of the Rockies Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States Colorado Fort Collins MCC Family in Christ Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States Connecticut Hartford MCC Hartford Rev. Elder Pat Bumgardner
United States Connecticut New Haven Elm City Oasis Rev. Elder Pat Bumgardner
United States Delaware Rehoboth Beach MCC Rehoboth Beach Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United States District of Columbia Washington MCC Washington DC Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States District of Columbia Washington DC Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United States Florida Bellview Open Circle MCC Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States Florida Boynton Beach Church of Our Savior MCC Rev. Elder Tony Freeman
United States Florida Fort Lauderdale Sunshine Cathedral MCC Rev. Elder Pat Bumgardner
United States Florida Fort Myers St. John the Apostle MCC Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States Florida Gainesville Trinity MCC, Gainesville Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States Florida Jacksonville North Florida MCC Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States Florida Key West MCC Key West Rev. Elder Pat Bumgardner
United States Florida Ocala God’s Acre MCC Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States Florida Orlando Joy MCC Rev. Elder Tony Freeman
United States Florida Palm Beach Gardens MCC of the Palm Beaches Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States Florida Pensacola Holy Cross MCC Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States Florida Punta Gorda Beyond These Walls MCC Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States Florida Sarasota Church of the Trinity MCC Rev. Elder Pat Bumgardner
United States Florida St. Augustine FirstCoast MCC Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United States Florida St. Petersburg King of Peace MCC Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States Florida Tallahassee Thrive MCC Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States Florida Tampa MCC Tampa Rev. Elder Pat Bumgardner
United States Florida Venice SunCoast MCC Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States Georgia Athens Our Hope MCC Rev. Elder Pat Bumgardner
United States Georgia Atlanta Progressive Christian Reflections Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States Georgia Augusta MCC of Our Redeemer Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States Hawaii Pahoa Open Arms MCC Rev. Elder Pat Bumgardner
United States Idaho Boise Liberating Spirit MCC Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States Illinois Brookfield Holy Covenant MCC Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States Illinois Chicago aChurch4Me MCC Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States Illinois Springfield Heartland MCC Rev. Elder Tony Freeman
United States Indiana Indianpolis LifeJourney MCC Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States Indiana Portage MCC Illiana Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States Iowa Davenport MCC of the Quad Cities Rev. Elder Pat Bumgardner
United States Kansas Topeka MCC Topeka Rev. Elder Tony Freeman
United States Kansas Wichita First MCC Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States Kentucky Louisvile MCC of Louisville Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States Kentucky Paducah River of Hope MCC Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States Louisiana Baton Rouge MCC of Baton Rouge Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States Louisiana New Orleans MCC of New Orleans Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States Maryland Baltimore MCC Baltimore Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United States Maryland Boyds Open Door MCC Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United States Maryland College Park Holy Redeemer MCC Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United States Maryland Hagerstown New Light MCC Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United States Maryland Silver Spring Empowerment Liberation Cathedral Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United States Massachusetts Boston MCC Boston Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United States Michigan Flint Redeemer MCC of Flint Rev. Elder Tony Freeman
United States Michigan Royal Oak MCC Detroit Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States Michigan Saginaw Breath of Life Spiritual Center MCC Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States Michigan Waterford Divine Peace MCC Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States Minnesota Minneapolis All God’s Children MCC Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States Missouri Kansas City Spirit of Hope MCC Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States Missouri St. Louis MCC of Greater Saint Louis Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States Nebraska Omaha MCC Omaha Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States Nevada Las Vegas Love MCC Rev. Elder Tony Freeman
United States New Jersey Edison Christ the Liberator MCC Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United States New Mexico Albuquerque MCC Albuquerque Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States New York New York MCC New York Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United States New York Rochester Open Arms MCC of Western New York Rev. Elder Pat Bumgardner
United States North Carolina Charlotte MCC Charlotte Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United States North Carolina Charlotte New Life MCC (Gastonia) Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United States North Carolina Durham Imani MCC Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United States North Carolina Hendersonville MCC Sacred Journey Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United States North Carolina Raleigh St. John’s MCC Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United States North Carolina Wilmington St. Jude’s MCC Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United States North Carolina Winston-Salem New Faith MCC Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United States Ohio Cincinnati New Spirit MCC Rev. Elder Tony Freeman
United States Ohio Cleveland Sola Caritas MCC Rev. Elder Pat Bumgardner
United States Ohio Columbus New Creation MCC Rev. Elder Tony Freeman
United States Ohio Dayton Eternal Joy MCC Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States Oregon Portland MCC Portland Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United States Pennsylvania Aston Imago Dei MCC Rev. Elder Pat Bumgardner
United States Pennsylvania Bethlehem MCC of the Lehigh Valley Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States Pennsylvania Harrisburg MCC of the Spirit Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States Pennsylvania Monroeville MCC Pittsburgh Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United States Pennsylvania Mountville Vision of Hope MCC Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States Pennsylvania Philadelphia Come As You Are MCC Rev. Elder Pat Bumgardner
United States Pennsylvania Philadelphia Whosoever MCC Rev. Elder Pat Bumgardner
United States Puerto Rico Mayaguez ICM Cristocéntrica de Restauración Integral Rev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
United States Puerto Rico Rio Piedras ICM Cristo Sanador Rev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
United States South Carolina Charleston MCC Charleston Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United States Tennessee Chattanooga The Rock MCC Rev. Elder Tony Freeman
United States Tennessee Knoxville MCC Knoxville Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States Texas Abilene Exodus MCC Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States Texas Amarillo MCC Amarillo Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United States Texas Austin Sanctuary in the Woods Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United States Texas Austin upRising Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States Texas Denton Harvest MCC Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States Texas El Paso MCC El Paso Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States Texas Fort Worth Agape MCC Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States Texas Grand Prairie Trinity MCC Arlington/Grand Prairie Rev. Elder Tony Freeman
United States Texas Houston Resurrection MCC Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United States Texas Lubbock MCC Lubbock Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United States Texas San Antonio MCC San Antonio Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States Texas Waco Central Texas MCC from the Heart Rev. Elder Pat Bumgardner
United States Texas Wichita Falls Wichita Falls MCC Rev. Elder Margarita Sánchez De León
United States Utah Salt Lake City Wasatch MCC Rev. Elder Tony Freeman
United States Virginia Fairfax MCC of Northern Virginia (NOVA) Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United States Virginia Norfolk New Life MCC of Hampton Roads Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United States Virginia Richmond MCC Richmond Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United States Virginia Roanoke MCC of the Blue Ridge Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United States Virginia Winchester Shenandoah Valley MCC Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States Washington Kennewick River of Life MCC USA Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States Washington Seattle Emerald City MCC Seattle Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United States Washington Vancouver MCC of the Gentle Shepherd Rev. Elder Tony Freeman
United States West Virginia Martinsburg The Beauty Way MCC Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
United States Wisconsin Green Bay Angels of Hope MCC Elder Nancy Maxwell
United States Wisconsin Milwaukee Milwaukee MCC Elder Nancy Maxwell
Uruguay Montevideo Montevideo Diaconia Cristiana en la Diversidad ICM Rev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Valencia ICM Valencia Rev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez

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