Church Support and Development Co-ordinator
External Communications Co-ordinator
An Introductory Note
With all of our events and communications surrounding COVID-19, these staff announcements have been delayed. These positions were advertised in November with interviews happening earlier this year. We learned it was helpful to give new staff a little time for orientation to their staff teams, tools and tasks prior to introducing them to you, their constituents. Now, we are pleased to introduce to you these two individuals. Our Moderator, Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston, notes that “Both these roles are very significant at this time – churches needing support and people looking for a church home, in the midst of this difficult time.” Mindful of the financial impact of COVID-19, one remaining staff vacancy will not be filled at this time.
April 16, 2020
Meet Rebecca Wilson
Church Support and Development
Rebecca Wilson has joined the MCC staff team to work with our affiliated churches as Church Support and Development Co-ordinator. She will serve in the Community Development Team, led by Rev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez.
Rebecca has worked as Director of Programs and Community Outreach and Director of Discipleship and Congregational Life in different United Methodist Churches. She has a passion for justice and for reaching those who are not represented around the MCC table. She started the ordination process within the United Methodist Church, but did not complete, due to their stance on LGBTQI issues. She now attends SunCoast MCC, Venice FL, USA.
While currently a resident of Florida, Rebecca is a proud Michigander with roots in Flint and a heart still in Detroit. Her passion for ministries of justice and mercy is driven by her upbringing in the Vehicle and Motor City. Born and raised in the United Methodist Church (UMC), she learned at a young age the difference a strong faith community makes in one’s life.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic Studies from the University of Michigan and completed a Master of Divinity, with a concentration in Urban Ministry at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in 2014. She is a poet and storyteller whose writings weave together her life experiences with scripture and spirituality.
During three years of provisional Deacon ministry, Rebecca worked for the Detroit Renaissance District of the United Methodist Church, Detroit, Michigan, USA as Director of Justice and Mission Engagement, working with 80+ United Methodist Churches (about 25,000 people) in the city of Detroit and Metro Detroit suburbs. During that time, the area suffered a major flood, damaging 17 of the United Methodist churches and large parts of the community, many of whom also dealt with poverty and lack of access to services. Rebecca led a successful disaster response project that walked with hundreds of families in northwest Detroit on their path to recovery. She engaged several congregations in this ministry and, as a result of their involvement, these churches found new life and vitality. Communities found new hope and relationships with the churches. During this effort, she also monitored, managed, and reported on a $650,000+ grant.
Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston notes, “Rebecca has the gift mix required to support our churches as they cope with Covid-19 and then move forward in rebuilding and doing ministry in new ways.”
Rebecca will work with our affiliated churches, providing support and resources for healthy and sustainable growth – growth being measurable in a variety of different ways, such as engagement, discipleship, attendance, social outreach programmes, and financial giving as well as co-ordinating support through times of pastoral transition, revitalization and conflict.”
“We are blessed and thrilled to receive Rebecca Wilson in our Community Development Team for her experience and skills. As a team, we will offer our best to support our MCC local churches,” says Rev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez.
Rebecca’s enthusiasm has been felt by other staff. She says, “I am excited about this new position and honored to be part of the MCC’s global ministry. Most especially, I’m eager to support and equip churches as they strengthen their current work and envision new ways of ministry.”
Rebecca loves poetry, pizza, puzzles, and playing Super Mario Brothers. When she’s not working (or practicing social distancing) she can be found wandering on a beach or near a river.
You may contact Rebecca at [email protected]
Please join us in welcoming her to the MCC Staff.
Meet Rev. Duane Romberger
“I am delighted to announce that Duane Romberger has joined us to help MCC really reach out beyond our existing churches and supporters to the world that needs our ministry and message these days more than ever,” says Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston.
Duane will be working as a consultant, rather than on staff and work closely with the Communication team, led by Rev. Dr. Kharma Amos. He will focus on developing a website which is aimed at first time visitors (which will be linked to our website which will also be updated) and develop a marketing plan to help us to reach the world in new ways. You may have already seen some images about the Covid-19 virus on the denomination’s Facebook page which Duane designed and are available for our local churches to use on websites and social media.
Rev. Dr. Kharma Amos says, “We are excited about Rev. Duane Romberger guiding our External Communications (Marketing) strategy for MCC. Rev. Romberger is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, AND he is passionate about the mission of MCC. He ‘gets’ us and understands our relevance to the world in refreshing ways. Duane is a long-term friend of MCC, was the former coordinator and web designer for our online learning center (Sacred Space Online Learning), and brings a wealth of professional experience with marketing, web design, and communications strategies and platforms. He also has a delightful sense of humor and deep spirituality. Doubtlessly, Duane will elevate MCC’s presence in the world and assist us with new avenues of reaching those most in need of MCCs message. Please join me in welcoming him!”
Duane is a third-generation pastor. He holds degrees in Psychology, Communications, Divinity, and Research. He has spent the past decade primarily working in the worlds of marketing, communications, and digital learning. Duane previously served as an account manager for a New York-based marketing firm that specializes in online marketing, e-commerce, web design, search engine optimization, and online reputation management. He worked with clients ranging from local businesses and nonprofits to Fortune 100 companies and celebrities.
Over the last few years, Duane has provided his services as an independent contractor working with local churches and businesses who are seeking to effectively market themselves. Duane has had an active relationship with MCC for over 20 years particularly with his creative involvement with Sacred Space Online Learning (SSOL).
“I’m honored and excited to work with MCC again,” states Duane. “I look forward to creating new and engaging ways to reach those people who are still completely unaware of MCC, to increase MCC’s overall visibility and presence among the general public; and to promote the missions, ministries, and stories that occur within so many of our MCC communities. I want people outside the walls of MCC to explore the richness of MCC history, theologies, and ministries; and to encourage them to join us in fellowship and community.”
Duane lives in Central Pennsylvania and enjoys hiking, home improvement projects, landscaping, some good wine, sci-fi movies and shows, and all the queens on RuPaul’s Drag Race, especially the UK edition.
You may send your notes of welcome to Duane at [email protected]
MCC Staff at Prayer
During Holy Week, the MCC Staff Team paused our work to come together in prayer with each other and for you. Like so many of you, we shared in Virtual Worship. Our individual communion elements are shown here in one mosaic just as we are one in our sharing of communion and one with all of MCC around the world.