Alex Patchin McNeill is the first openly transgender person to head a mainline Protestant organization. He is an openly transgender man, a life-long Presbyterian, and a nationally known educator and advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) Christians. He has trained hundreds of Christians to become community leaders through the Institute for Welcoming Resources and the Reconciling Ministries Network. He played key roles organizing faith communities for the passage of Amendment 10A in the PC(USA), and for marriage equality legislation in Maryland. McNeill has also campaigned for ballot measures and legislation to promote LGBTQ rights. His journey to ordination is currently being chronicled in the documentary, Out of Order. Alex holds a Master’s of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School, and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. He currently resides just outside of Washington, DC with his wife and three dogs.
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Susan Robertson, Financial Assistant, has worked for MLP for almost 10 years as the financial assistant. She continues to work full time in a Physical Therapy Office where she manages two clinics in Minneapolis, MN. Being on staff with MLP is important to her because she gets to work with a tremendous group of people and help to create change within the PCUSA. Susan has been with her life partner, Brenda, for 11 years and have two adult children and two cats.
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Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, PhD, Director of Communications, a native of the Northern Occupied Territory of Mexico (the Republic of Texas) is an openly Trans*gressive gendeerqueer, and utilizes third person plural pronouns to talk about themself. Self-identifying as a QueerMestizaje (of Mexican and Anglo heritages) and Public Theologian who recently completed a Ph.D. at the University of Denver in Constructive Philosophical Theology & Ethics, Robyn has been a conversation partner with other religious scholars and theologians in the development of a robust queer theology. Having been trained in the Catholic parochial school system as a child and young adult, then attending a Southern Baptist Church, and later confirmed Lutheran (ELCA), Robyn has a long history with U.S. churches. Likewise, Robyn has been involved with the LGBTQ movement both in politics and in religious circles since 2004 and believes that faith rooted organizing for LGBTQ+ justice will help shift the terrain of normative theologies and radically change our churches. Robyn’s involvement with a variety of churches and religious communities is what prompted them to attend a United Methodist Seminary in Chicago, IL to study with a Latin American baptist theologian. Committed to living out both queerness and theology, Robyn joins MLP to strengthen their discourse and contribute to their growing theological frame. With a Ph.D. from the University of Denver, Robyn also holds a Mater’s of Theological Studies from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL, and a Bachelor’s degree from Hardin-Simmons University. Robyn currently resides in Northern California and is Visiting Professor of Ethics at The Pacific School of Religion.
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Joey Lopez, More Light Organizer, began his career as a faith organizer with Reconciling Ministries Network and Methodist Federation for Social Action leading up the the 2012 General Conference of The United Methodist Church (UMC) and has organized UMC communities in Michigan, Nebraska, and Texas. Currently, Joey serves on the Board of Directors for Methodist Federation for Social Action, a progressive movement within the UMC focused on issues of peace, poverty, people’s rights, progressive initiatives and justice within the UMC.
Joey recently completed the year-long Tzedek Social Justice Residency at the Campaign for Southern Equality doing LGBT* rights work throughout the U.S. Southeast. In his role as Community Organizer, he worked to coordinate the 2015 LGBT* in the South conference convening almost 500 grassroots organizers, attorneys, healthcare providers, educators and other practitioners from across the South. With Executive Director Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, he developed the Southern Equality Fund, a micro-funding initiative for Southern groups and organizers to provide direct services and advocacy for the full lived equality of LGBT* people in the South.
Joey currently lives in Asheville, NC where he works as the Living Wage Program Coordinator at Just Economics, a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate, advocate, and organize for a just and sustainable economy in Western North Carolina.
Passionate about social justice and intersectional advocacy, Joey has worked with people of faith in Chicago, Detroit, and rural communities in North Carolina organizing and empowering them to claim their voice for justice in the world. His own intersecting identities shape his commitment to educational, economic, racial, ethnic, and queer liberation and justice both inside and outside communities of faith. Joey is excited to bring this dedication to his role with More Light Presbyterians.
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