The More Light Presbyterians National Board of Directors consists of 15 persons elected by the membership of MLP or appointed to fill vacancies per the requirements in the by-laws.
Nominations to the National Board of Directors are made by a Nominations Committee. The Nominations Committee solicits the MLP membership for suggestions for nominees and considers both within its composition and its proposed slate of nominees the diversity of sexual orientations, differing abilities, racial-ethnic backgrounds, gender identities and expression, ages (in conformity with applicable laws), synod of residence, and MLP membership categories.
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Annanda Barclay (2018) is in the ordination process under the care of Mission Presbytery. She obtained her M.Div. at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Annanda is a member of Central Presbyterian Church in Austin, TX. She is a 2012 Fund for Theological Education Ministry Fellow. Currently Annanda, is continuing pastoral formation as a part-time student chaplain at a local area hospital. She believes the Church is not a silo, but is called to actively advocate for the welfare of all God’s creation. She serves and works with various groups to strategically advocate for intersectional justice, love and kindness. Annanda, her partner M, and their two dogs reside in Chicago, IL.
Rev. Kyle Walker (2017) Kyle Walker is a Texan by birth and a gay man by the grace of God. His ordained life in ministry began in 1997 as an Associate Pastor for Youth and Christian Education at Springdale Presbyterian Church in Louisville, Kentucky. Since that time he spent 14 years in student ministry on behalf of the PCUSA and UCC at Texas A&M University where the Department of Student Life honored him with their Rainbow Award for helping the university create a climate of inclusion for LGBT persons. Recently, Kyle has been called as the pastor of Faith Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas. Faith joined the More Light Movement around 2005. Kyle and his partner Nelis Potgieter enjoy traveling, seeing historical sites, cooking, and pretending they are the reincarnation of Siskel and Ebert at the movies. No, really.
Ashley Birt (2018) Ashley Birt is a recent graduate of Union Theological Seminary where she obtained her M.Div. She also holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. Ashley currently works as the Director of Christian Education at Rutgers Presbyterian Church in New York, NY with some of the most fun kids she’s ever met. Her interests include the intersections of racial justice, children and youth, interfaith communication, LGBTQ+ issues (particularly the B), and Christianity. When she isn’t at church or doing social justice work, she enjoys writing, sound editing and theatre tech.
Charlie Sunyoon Shin (2019) is currently working as a Director of Children’s Ministries at Zion Presbyterian Church in Shoreline, WA. It is a church of Korean-American immigrants and their children. I have been married to Wonho Shin for 8 years. I have two children, Noelle Yejae (6) and Navy Dajae Shin (2). We live in Seattle, WA. I like getting my hands in lots of different things. I like to read, garden, watch Korean dramas, sing, and eat and learn how to cook healthy and delicious food! I am currently a Candidate for teaching elder in the PC(USA) and in October will be a Candidate Ready to Receive a Call.
Rev. Scott Clark (2017) serves as Chaplain and Associate Dean of Student Life at San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS). Scott is a graduate of SFTS, and also has worked with the seminary’s Program in Christian Spirituality. Before going to seminary, Scott practiced law for twelve years in Birmingham, Alabama, where he worked mainly on cases involving employment discrimination and constitutional law. In addition to his ministry at the seminary, Scott preaches frequently in Bay Area churches.
Scott’s ministry in the broader church includes advocacy for the full inclusion of all people – including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer – in the full life of the church. In that work, for a number of years, Scott represented pastors who were prosecuted in the Presbyterian Church (USA) for celebrating the marriages of same-gender couples, before the PC(USA) officially recognized those marriages. Scott celebrates the PC(USA)’s recent moves toward marriage equality, and the community that led the church to a more loving and expansive understanding of the gospel. Scott also serves on the board of More Light Presbyterians. At the heart of Scott’s ministry is the conviction that the gospel of Jesus Christ is good news for all people.
Vikki Dearing (2018) is a life-long Presbyterian and is ordained as both an elder and a deacon. She is a member of Connecting Point Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City where she is a member of the session and chairs the Worship Experience Committee. A former co-moderator of the MLP board, Vikki was invited to rejoin the board in 2016. She serves on the Governance Committee. In her “civilian” life Vikki has been in some form of workforce development for over 40 years. Vikki and her wife, Deb Bunting, have been together for 34 years.
Jenny Hardin (2017) is currently enrolled in the M.Div. Distance Program at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. She is under care of the Presbytery of Great Rivers as an inquirer, looking soon to move to candidacy. Jenny has been serving the First Presbyterian Church of Springfield, Illinois for two and a half years as their Director of Christian Education and Lay Ministries. In her free time, she enjoys reading, baking, and spending time outdoors. She and her spouse, Abbey, currently live in Carlinville, Illinois.
Ethel Hornbeck (2019) is the Director of Spiritual Formation and Campus Ministry at Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church, where she has been shaping education and spiritual formation programming for the last 12 years (including a series of events that culminated in SPC formally affiliating with More Light Presbyterians in 2014.) She also works with students at Shepherd University in a campus ministry project called Connections. A spiritual director, she is a graduate of the Shalem Institute’s Spiritual Guidance program where she also served on staff for several years, and holds a Masters of Theological Studies in Spirituality Studies. A recovering economist and escapee from Washington DC, she is blessed each and every day to live in eastern West Virginia on the beautiful Potomac River with her husband Jeff and a motley collection of critters.
Rev. Jeff Krehbiel (2017) is pastor of Church of the Pilgrims, a More Light Church in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C., where he has served for fifteen years. During his tenure the congregation has experienced revival in its worship life, renewed engagement with the city through participation in a city-wide church-based community organizing effort, and invigorated outreach to young adults through programs such as “Theology on Tap,” a weekly Bible study held in the tavern across the street from the church. Practicing radical hospitality, Church of the Pilgrims became a More Light Church in 2002. Jeff served previously as pastor of More Light congregations in Wilmington, DE and New York City. Involved in church-based community organizing for nearly thirty years, he is the author of “Reflecting With Scripture on Community Organizing,” published by ACTA Publications. In 2003 he earned a D.Min. in “Gospel and Culture” from Columbia Theological Seminary.
Rev. Amy Kim Kyremes-Parks (2019) serves as the Director of Spiritual Formation at Fairmount Presbyterian Church in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. She is an enthusiastic, creative and thoughtful woman always open to new opportunities to support and sustain the life of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Amy Kim, along with her husband Justin, children Natalily and Isaiah enjoy life together in OH-IO learning new things everyday about living it the mid-west.
Rev. Will McGarvey (2017) is a bisexual man happily married to his partner Becky for 22 years, and is blessed with two brilliant young adult children. Will has been pastor at Community Presbyterian Church of Pittsburg, CA, a PC (USA)-UCC congregation, for the last seven and a half years. Will is involved in many justice ministries, and currently serves on the MLP Board, the board of the Rainbow Community Center in Concord, CA, and the advisory board of the Bay Area Coalition of Welcoming Congregations. He also specializes in theology of the environment and has installed five permanent labyrinths in the Bay Area.
Rev. Derrick McQueen (2018) Derrick McQueen is a Ph. D. Candidate in Homiletics and New Testament at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. He entered the Ph. D. program after completing his M. Div. with a focus on Theology and the Arts, also at Union. He earned his B.A. in Theatre Arts at Drew University in 1987. Within the Presbyterian denomination he worked on the successful campaign for LGBTQ inclusion in church life while serving on the boards of Presbyterian Welcome and That All May Freely Serve. He is currently serving as the Moderator Elect of the Presbytery of New York City where he is a candidate for ordination in the Presbyterian Church USA. Currently he is the Assistant Director of Community Partnerships for the Center on African American Research, Sexual Politics and Social Justice (CARSS) at Columbia University. Derrick has worked as a community activist, social worker and is currently an Arts and Culture Poverty Scholar with the Poverty Initiative/Kairos at Union.
Mark Olson (2018) Mark Olson is a ruling elder and a member of First & Central Presbyterian Church, a More Light congregation in Wilmington, Delaware. As immediate past moderator of New Castle Presbytery, he currently serves as chair of the presbytery Council and has also served several terms as a trustee of New Castle Presbytery, including as chair of the trustees. Mark is a lawyer, concentrating in the areas of taxation, and trusts and estates, and has worked on legal issues affecting same gender couples. He is the father of five, the grandfather of four, and is married to Jenny Warren, a Presbyterian pastor. He has been known to support losing causes, most recently the 2015 Philadelphia Phillies.
Rev. Drew Paton (2019) is pastor of South Presbyterian Church in Dobbs Ferry, New York – a More Light congregation since the late 1980s. Before joining South, Drew served for five years as pastor of St. Peter’s Presbyterian Church in Spencertown, NY – an eclectic community of spiritual seekers with country roots and progressive values. Previously Drew worked for Jan Hus Presbyterian Church (NYC), Bridges to Community (Nicaragua), The Center for Human Options, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Interfaith Worker Justice, and The Kairos Center for Religions, Rights and Social Justice. Drew also serves on the Committee on Representation for the Presbyterian Synod of the Northeast. Across many and diverse settings, Drew has been guided by a deep-seated belief in God’s special concern for historically marginalized and oppressed groups. Born and raised in New York’s Hudson Valley, Drew holds degrees from Hunter College and Union Theological Seminary in New York.
Daniel Williams (2019) has been organizing in his communities since he was a teenager in Albuquerque, NM. His organizing experience includes work on student mobilization, worker justice, LGBTQ inclusion, reproductive justice, and numerous electoral campaigns. He is a ruling elder, an aspiring circus artist, an Inquirer under the care of the Presbytery of Santa Fe, an aficionado of scented candles, a committed Aaron Sorkin fan, a member of Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque, and a 2016 Master of Divinity graduate of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.