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The Rev. Elder Pat Bumgardner

The Rev. Elder Pat Bumgardner is currently the Senior Pastor of Metropolitan Community Church of New York, where she has served in multiple capacities for the past 30 years. Rev. Pat is also the Executive Director of MCC’s newly formed Global Justice Institute, coordinating and overseeing the global justice work of MCC, and Chairs the denomination’s Public Policy Team. She represents MCC on the Council for Global Equality. She has been an active and vocal proponent for LGBT rights as human rights, traveling, writing and speaking on behalf of MCC world-wide, addressing a range of social justice issues.
Consecration of Rev Pat as Bishop Celebrating Rev Pat's 26th year at the helm of MCCNY

The founder of The Sylvia Rivera Memorial Food Pantry at MCCNY and Sylvia’s Place, both housed at MCCNY, she has become a leading visionary in the quest of the Queer community to build coalitions and deal with hunger and homelessness, as well as homophobia and social prejudice. Named for the late civil rights leader, Sylvia’s Place serves as a New York City emergency shelter and drop in site dedicated to providing safe space for homeless LGBTQ youth.

Educated in the Roman Catholic tradition, Rev. Pat has become a sought-after speaker and preacher across denominational divides. Her current focus involves work with activists in Malaysia, Pakistan and East Africa. She lives in the West Village with her spouse of 25 years, Mary Jane Gibney, and their puppy, Isabel. They, along with Rev. Pat’s brother, Charles, recently welcomed the birth of their first grandchild and nephew, respectively, Joshua Leland Cherry Holmes, who will celebrate his first Pride this year.

 

The Rev. Dr. Edgard Francisco Danielsen-Morales

The Rev. Dr. Edgard Francisco Danielsen-Morales is the Assistant Pastor for Congregational Life at Metropolitan Community Church of New York. In this position his responsibilities cover a wide range of activities: from religious education to life development programs; from spiritual direction to preaching; from Bible queer reading and interpretation to lay leadership training, theological writing, as well as the usual responsibilities of pastors.

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Edgard Francisco’s spiritual journey began in the American Baptist and Disciples of Christ (Charismatic) traditions. Because of his sexual orientation, his church stripped him of his lay ministry, and any future possibility of entering the ordination process.

On his vocational journey, Edgard Francisco has been blessed with a wide array of experiences in leadership positions. In the academic world, he held a tenured position as Full Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Puerto Rico for 16 years, as well as 6 years as Associate Dean for Graduate Studies. In religious settings, he has served as pastor in two different MCC, and previous to that had 4 years of work with the National Ecumenical Movement of Puerto Rico, and 3 years with Reencuentro, the first theological reflection group for and by GLBTQ people in Puerto Rico. The experience with these religious organizations opened his eyes to the ecumenical and interfaith world, its challenges and promise.


In 1996 Edgard found his spiritual home in Metropolitan Community Churches where he reclaimed his call to the pastoral ministry. He was ordained in 2002 and began his pastoral work at ICM Cristo Sanador in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

After being called by MCC NY on 2004, he left behind his home church, and his position as a tenured Professor at the University of Puerto Rico, and moved to New York City where he currently lives. In addition to his responsibilities as a pastor, Edgard Francisco is a Candidate in the Training Institute of the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis.

His work in the wider community of Metropolitan Community Churches is in the areas of queer theology and preaching, and education and training of clergy and laity. He has participated in a myriad of projects – from the visioning stages, to planning and implementation phases – such as teaching for 5 years the Intensives in the Ministry; leading retreats and training for lay and ordained leaders in Latin America (Puerto Rico, Mexico, Brasil) and the United States; spiritual direction for pastors; supervision of Future Clergy; and workshops on multiculturalism, queer preaching, and the integration of spirituality and sexuality.

Edgard Francisco has participated in many committees and teams in the denomination: Ordination Interviews, Re-entry Interviews, Worship Planning Teams for General & Regional Conferences, and has also collaborated with translation of documents (English to Spanish). He was a member of MCC Moderator’s Theologies Team from July 2007 to July 2010, and currently serves on the Moderator’s Hispanic Church Plant team that provides support and guidance to churches and leader interested in developing ministries for Spanish speaking communities.

 

The Rev. Boon Lin Ngeo

Rev. Dr. Ngeo, Boon Lin (歐陽文風) is Chinese-Malaysian born. He is the author of more than 30 books. He was an award-winning journalist before he left for the United States to study sociology and theology. He is better known as O.Young (歐陽文風) in Chinese speaking communities in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and his home country, Malaysia.

Rev. Dr. Boon was ordained at MCC New York (MCCNY) in 2007. In 2006 he was the first public figure to come out publicly in his country. He has written extensively about LGBT rights, religion and sociology, and has traveled all over Asia for many years helping LGBT Christians and activists understand the liberating gospel of Jesus the Christ. He is instrumental in founding GSMCC, which later became GSKL in Malaysia and is also instrumental in forming gay Christian fellowships in some cities in mainland China. He earns his doctoral degree in theology from Boston University, and currently also a doctoral candidate in sociology.

He lives in New York City and teaches sociology at St. Peter’s University in New Jersey and Gender studies at City University of New York –Hunter College. In Fall 2009, he was invited to teach LGBTQ Studies and Sociology, the first course of its kind offered at the Catholic Jesuit university. Rev. Dr. Boon is a Staff Pastor of Metropolitan Community Churches in New York (MCCNY) , and member of the Global Justice Institute (MCC), team member of Asian Pacific Initiative (API-MCC).