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ACHURCH4ME?MCC CALLS NEW PROVISIONAL PASTOR
Chicago—a aChurch4Me? MCC is pleased to announce that it has called a new Provisional Pastor, Rev. Rachelle Brown to lead its growing, and vibrantly diverse congregation. Rev. Brown was recently appointed by the denomination’s Rev. Elder Lillie Brock and The Board of Elders to fill the vacancy left by the church’s founding Pastor, Rev. Kevin L. Downer. The much beloved “Pastor Kevin”, as he was known throughout Chicago’s LGBT community, departed in July to lead another MCC church in Minneapolis. Rev. Brown’s appointment as Provisional Pastor is for a six month period, and at the end of which time the congregation will vote as to whether they would like her to become the Permanent Pastor of aChurch4Me? MCC.Rev. Brown describes her role as Provisional Pastor as, “a spiritual leader for aChurch4Me? MCC and the wider community.” She adds, “I seek to empower each individual to integrate every aspect of their life as a journey into faithful living as disciples, and to bring their intellectual, emotional, physical, and spiritual selves into daily living.” Rev. Brown’s candidacy to become Provisional Pastor was unanimously supported and affirmed by the church’s governing Board of Servants. In the few short weeks she has held her position, Rev. Brown has been embraced by the congregation who now lovingly refer to her as “Pastor Rachelle.”
Since its foundation and official public launch in 2007 as a ministry of Metropolitan Community Churches, aChurch4Me? MCC has experienced exponential growth and has become a driving force in Chicago’s LGBT community and beyond. Its mission statement describes aChurch4Me? as, “a radically organic community where: love is a blessing; diversity a gift; worship a celebration; and life a journey!” The church’s members, who come from a wide variety of faith backgrounds, work together to promote social justice, heal the wounds made by less accepting denominations, and to dispel myths surrounding the coexistence of faith and sexual minority.
Earlier this year, aChurch4Me? moved to its new home at The National Pastime Theater at 4139 North Broadway in Chicago. It also hired a new Music Minister, the exciting and talented, Michael McBride. Services are held every Sunday at 11:00 a.m. and its current worship series is entitled, “Finding Your Spiritual Location.” All are welcome to attend. For more information, please go to our contact us page or call 773-951-4268.