Rev. Nancy Wilson to Lead Predominantly Gay Metropolitan Community Churches
- Rev. Nancy Wilson to Lead Predominantly Gay Metropolitan Community
Churches: Wilson Will Succeed MCC's Founder, Human Rights Activist
Rev. Troy D. Perry
April 26, 2005 -- West Hollywood, CA - Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson, a
longtime leader in the predominantly gay Metropolitan Community
Churches (MCC), has been nominated to become the next Moderator of the
Upon her election at MCC's General Conference in Calgary, Canada in
July, she will succeed the Rev. Troy D. Perry, MCC's Founder and
Wilson has enjoyed a distinguished ministry within Metropolitan
Community Churches. In 1976, she became the youngest person ever
elected to the MCC Board of Elders, serving as an Elder since that
Wilson, who attended Boston University School of Theology with a
Rockefeller Fellowship, also holds an M.Div. from SS. Cyril and
Methodius Seminary, served as Vice-Moderator of MCC during 1993-2003
and has pastored MCC
congregations in Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, and California.
Wilson has a long commitment to ecumenical work and human rights.
During 1979-1999, she served as MCC's Chief Ecumenical Officer,
representing MCC at the National Council of Churches and the World
Council of Churches. In 1987, she represented MCC as an ecumenical
observer at the Bilateral Dialogue of the Roman Catholic and Lutheran
Churches in Columbia, South Carolina, where she met Cardinal Joseph
Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI.
She has also been active on behalf of HIV issues, prisoner treatment
programs, and women's rights. She is the founder of the MCC Conference
for Women in Professional Ministry.
In 1979, she participated in the first-ever meeting of gay and lesbian
religious leaders at the U.S. White House during the Carter
Rev. Wilson was the Guest Preacher at the Earl Lectures at Pacific
School of Religion (Berkeley, California, January 2002) and has been a
guest speaker at Harvard Divinity School, Vanderbilt Divinity School,
Allegheny College, Claremont School of Theology, and the University of
Rev. Wilson resides with her partner of 27 years, Dr. Paula
Schoenwether. They both actively work for same-sex marriage equality.
Prior to beginning her MCC ministry, Rev. Wilson was active in the
United Methodist Church.
Installation Services for the new MCC Moderator will take place at
Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC, on October 29, 2005.
Founded in 1968, MCC is a Christian denomination with more than 43,000
members in 23 countries and a primary, affirming ministry to gay,
lesbian, bisexual and transgender people of faith. Additional
information on Metropolitan Community Churches is available on-line at
For Additional Information, Contact:
MCC Communications Department
8704 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Tel. (310) 360-8640, Ext. 226
Fax: (310) 360-8680