Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson
Rev. Wilson was elected to the position of Moderator of the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) in 2005, following the retirement of the Founder of MCC, Rev. Elder Troy Perry. Her office is in Sarasota, Florida. She was elected Elder of MCC of 1976 and served as Vice-Moderator from 1993 to 2001. She served as pastor of Church of the Trinity MCC in Sarasota, Florida, from 2001 to 2005 and was previously pastor of MCC Los Angeles from 1986 until 2001, the church founded by Troy Perry in 1968. Rev. Wilson joined MCC as Associate Pastor of MCC Boston in 1972 at 22 years of age. She served as Pastor of MCC Detroit from 1975 to 1979. Rev. Wilson served as Clerk of the Board of Elders for ten years and became MCC’s first Chief Ecumenical Officer, a post she held for 23 years. She has been the official delegate of MCC to the World Council of Churches General Assemblies in Canberra, Australia (1991), Harare, Zimbabwe (1998), and Porto Alegre, Brazil (2006). Her published works include, Our Tribe: Queer Folks, God, Jesus and the Bible (Alamo Press); with Fr. Malcolm Boyd, Amazing Grace; and her prayers and poems are included in Race and Prayer edited by Malcolm Boyd and Chester Talton (Morehouse Press). She is a popular preacher and speaker, has been honored with the first “Lazarus Award” from the Presbyterian Church, and was invited to preach at the Earl Lectures at Pacific School of Religion in 2002. Nancy lives with her wife of 35 years, Dr. Paula Schoenwether, near Sarasota, Florida.
A former emergency room physician, Dr. Matthew Sleeth felt like he was straightening deck chairs on the Titanic saving a patient at a time while the whole ship (Earth) was going down. Together with his wife and two children, he began to bring his lifestyle in line with his values, cutting back on their fossil fuel by two thirds and electricity use by nine tenths. Following a new calling, Dr. Sleeth resigned from his position as chief of the medical staff and director of the ER to teach, preach, and write about faith and the environment throughout the country. Dr. Sleeth is a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine and has two post-doctoral fellowships. He is the author of Serve God, Save the Planet: A Christian Call to Action (Zondervan, April 2007), the introduction to the Green Bible (2008, HarperOne), and 24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life.