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National Board of Directors

MLP Board 2015

MLP National Board of Directors at 2013 National Conference in Tucson, AZ.

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.

If you would like to contact a board member, please send an email to alex@mlp.org. He will forward your request to the appropriate board member(s).

Co-Moderators

Nathan Sobers (2015) is a ruling Elder at Madrona Grace Presbyterian Church in Seattle, WA where he currently serves as Clerk of Session and parish organist. For Nathan, participating on the MLP board sits at the intersection of his interests of social justice and faith. He believes that combining the two makes him a better Christian and a better human being. In 2012, Nathan and his husband will celebrate their 26th anniversary.

Rev. Robin K. White (2016), Honorably Retired, was ordained in 1986 and has served as pastor of five congregations in Delaware and Maryland. She is a member of the Baltimore Presbytery and is a former member of the MLP board. Robin resides in the mountains of West Virginia with her spouse, Rhonda, and their two dogs and two cats. She has spent much of her time over the past few years caring for her terminally ill father, and her 90 and 91 year old in-laws. She volunteers at an ovarian cancer retreat where she serves as a yoga instructor, in addition to providing spiritual and pastoral care. Robin designs and builds furniture and in her free time she loves hiking, kayaking and camping.

Additional Board Members

Annanda Barclay (2015) was born in Chicago, IL. She studied International Studies and Spanish at Illinois College and spent a semester in Mendoza, Argentina. She is currently in the process of obtaining her M.Div. at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Annanda is a member of Central Presbyterian Church in Austin, TX where she helps with the youth on Sunday mornings. She is a 2012 Fund for Theological Education Ministry Fellow and is a volunteer with Texans United For Families and Grassroots Leadership. There she helps to organize seminary students and people of faith to visit detained immigrant women and works to change local immigration policies. She currently resides in Austin and looks forward to beginning her ordination process as a Teaching Elder under the care of Mission Presbytery.

Rev. Kelle J. Brown (2017)  is pastor of the Church of Mary Magdalene, a church for and led by homeless women and their families, and is currently completing her D.Min at San Francisco Theological Seminary.  Her research is focused on “Solidarity as Discipleship,” and she believes the work of MLP offers meaningful ways for the church to live into authentic discipleship by way of profuse hospitality and extravagant inclusion of all God’s children.  Kelle lives and works in Seattle, Washington.  She is most proud of her daughter, Indigo, the joy of her life, and lives by the following quote from Howard Thurman: “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”  

Ralph Carter (2015) is a native of Chipley in the Florida panhandle, graduate of Georgia Tech in Atlanta, and an elder of Third Presbyterian Church, Rochester NY, home of Frederick Douglass, abolitionist; Susan B Anthony, suffragist; Walter Rauschenbusch, leader in Social Gospel movement; and Lillian Alexander, Third Church elder and champion for women’s ordination in 1956.  Ralph is a Council member of Presbytery of Genesee Valley and chair of the Nominating Committee, former chair of Nominating Committee for Synod of the Northeast, former co-president  of Xerox employee resource group, GALAXe Pride at Work .  Ralph recognized his 32-year marriage with Van in August 2012 by civil registration in Rochester NY, with marriage celebration planned August 2013 when family returns from Africa.

Rev. Ilene Dunn (2015) was born in San Antonio, graduated from the University of Texas, and later earned her MDiv and  DMin from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.  She served as Associate Pastor in two churches, then as a Pastoral Counselor, and retired as the Head of Staff/Pastor of Madison Square Presbyterian Church in San Antonio.  She resides in the Austin area and works part time with the Rev. Jim Rigby at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian.  Ilene is a widow with two daughters and three grandchildren, all of whom live in the Austin area.

Marc Jung (2016) is currently Clerk of Session at Mission Bay Community Church in San Francisco, California. In addition, he chairs San Francisco Presbytery’s Bills, Overtures and Session Records committee. Marc currently chairs the MLP Board’s Communications Team and is excited by MLP’s Social Media presence. He is a Bay Area native.

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.

Roger Lee (2016) serves as a spiritual director, whose ministry includes LGBTQ persons. He is a ruling elder at Woodland Park Presbyterian Church, Seattle, WA, a Covenant Network congregation. He has served at all four levels of PC(USA) councils, including, clerk of session, deacons’ moderator, Presbytery Spiritual Formation Team, Presbytery commissioner, Alaska/NW Synod moderator, GA commissioner, Presbyterian Foundation trustee, Middle Governing Council Commissioner. Roger has lead advocacy for two Seattle non-governmental organizations and shares those skills with MLP. He and his wife have two adult children.

Rev. Will McGarvey (2014) 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.

Jeananne Stine (2016) lives in Baltimore, Maryland, and serves as the moderator for Welcoming Presbyterians of Baltimore, a new group that is working for LGBT Equality in the PCUSA.

Eric Thomas (2015) is a fourth year seminarian at the Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary of the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, GA.  At the ITC Eric is completing a dual M. Div/Master of Arts in Church Music degree, with a concentration in New Testament.  He is a member of the Rock Spring Presbyterian Church and is under care as a candidate for ordination in the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta.  He lives in Atlanta with his partner of six years, Carlos.

John Thompson (2015) is Emeritus professor, Oberlin College. He taught and practiced clinical psychology for thirty years and is now retired in Chapel Hill, NC. John believes that prejudice, bigotry, ignorance have done much damage in society, and he is attempting to undo some of that damage. When the Church damages people it is even worse and he believes that MLP succeeds in calling the Church to stop that damage. Married for 62 years to a wonderful woman who has helped him raise four children, John now nurtures five grandchildren, and welcomes the birth of a great grandchild.

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