National Board of Directors
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. He will forward your request to the appropriate board member(s).
The Reverend Heidi A. Peterson (2014) serves as Co-Moderator on the National MLP Board. She was ordained by the Presbytery of Chicago in 1983 and became pastor of Central Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, MO in 2000. Throughout her ministry, Heidi has been active in the wider church. She has served as moderator of both Blackhawk and Heartland Presbyteries; as moderator of the 208th General Assembly Church Order Committee; as a member of the Board of Pensions and many presbytery committees.
Heidi believes that God’s love of wondrous variety is reflected in the diversity of such communities as the Central Church congregation and its surrounding urban neighborhood. As a solo pastor, she bears primary responsibility for nurturing the spiritual life of the congregation through meaningful worship, outreach and administrative leadership.
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.
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.
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.
Rev. Janet Edwards (2013) was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA of parents from generations of Presbyterian faithful. She was ordained in 1977 as Minister of Word and Sacrament and became an Instructor in Homiletics and Liturgics at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Seeking deeper experience in ministry, Janet then served Morningside Presbyterian Church, the United Church of Christ in McKeesport, PA and Mellwood Presbyterian Church, each for about three years. She was elected Moderator of Pittsburgh Presbytery in 1987. When her children started school, Janet returned to Duquesne University and earned a Ph. D. in Spirituality with a call to be a “pray-er,” to find a way in this world to pray without ceasing.
Called to the ministry of reconciliation and inclusion, Janet joined the Taskforce on Ministry with Sexual Minorities of Pittsburgh Presbytery in 2000. Her participation in the work of this taskforce led to being asked by Nancy McConn and Brenda Cole to officiate at their June 2005 marriage ceremony. After a year of prayerful discernment and preparation, she presided at the joyous ceremony celebrating Brenda and Nancy’s sacred love and commitment to each other. The Presbyterian Church (USA) tried and unanimously acquitted Janet in the fall of 2008 for officiating at Nancy and Brenda’s wedding.
Kevin Henderson (2014) serves as Interim Youth Director and Ruling Elder at Edgewood Presbyterian Church, a More Light Church in Birmingham, AL. He is an inquirer under the care of the Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley. Serving on the MLP Board allows Kevin to combine passions for justice and the Presbyterian Church (USA). Kevin will enter Austin Seminary in September 2012 pursuing an M.Div. degree.
Rev. Madeline Jervis (2013) is a Teaching Elder, now retired, ordained in 1975. She served for 21 years at Clarnedon Presbyterian Church, a More Light Church in Clarnedon, Virginia. Madeline finds great joy and challenge serving on the MLP Board with others to help the whole church become more reflective of God’s wildly inclusive love. Madeline has two children and two grandchildren.
Marc Jung (2013) 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. 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.
Danny Morales (2014) has been a member of Riviera Presbyterian Church for the past 8 years where he works as the Associate Pianist and now Pastoral Assistant to Rev. Laurie A. Kraus. He’s the LGBT outreach voice of Riviera, and along with Rev. Kraus, he organized “iLGBT” … a group of open and affirming congregations in South Florida intended to be a voice of unity, despite their diverse faith traditions. Danny is now heading into his 2nd year of seminary at St. Thomas University, pursuing a Master of Divinity. He’s a Miami native of Cuban decent, the youngest of five children. On his free time, he enjoys weight training, strolling along the beach or sitting at the piano.
Jeananne Stine (2013) 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.
Beth Van Sickle (2014) is a seminary student at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.