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International Task Force

 

49 applications were received from individuals interested in serving on the International Task Force. From this group, the resumes were reviewed and 21 individuals were selected to be interviewed. Over the next three years, the International Task Force will meet with the Moderator, a consultant and a member of the governing board to identify and propose changes that are needed to strengthen our global ministry; and to constructively deal with key ecclesiastical organizational and cultural barriers to growth, with authenticity and sustainability. This task force will pay special attention to the needs of local churches in a global context, and the special connection between doing justice and growing our churches and denomination. Recommendations from the Task Force will be presented to the Governing Board, who will review them and bring a final proposal to the General Conference in Chicago 2013.

International Task Force Members

AFRICA

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Dominic Kessell

Dominic Kessell

Dominic Kessell is currently a Member of Good Hope MCC in Cape Town, South Africa. He has been attending GHMCC since 1997 and officially became a member in 2001. He has been actively involved with the church through several outreach projects and assisted Sharon Ludwig with her Health & Wellness Ministry. Dominic’s passion has always been in the spirit of community and have actively been involved with Helping Hands, a children’s project in one of the many rural areas on the outskirts of the city. Dominic is not only the church secretary, but also serve as a worship and ministry leader. He also ‘manages’ the Helping Hands Children’s Project. After volunteering his time for 4 years with Cape Town Pride, he has accepted the position as Deputy Chairperson of Cape Town Pride in 2009 where he still continue to work towards making Pride truly representative of the LGBTI community. His 14 years travel experience has led him to open his own travel & events company on 01 April 2011.

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ASIA

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Rev. Boon Lin Ngeo

Rev. Boon Lin Ngeo

Rev. Boon Lin Ngeo is Chinese-Malaysian born. He is better known as O.Young in Chinese speaking communities in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and his home country, Malaysia. He is an ordained Christian minister at MCC New York. Rev. Boon was an award-winning journalist in Malaysia before he came to the United States in 1997. In 2006 he was the first public figure to come out publicly in his country. He is also a co-founder of MCC in Malaysia and he holds two Master’s degrees in sociology and theology. He lives in New York city and teaches sociology at St. Peter’s College in New Jersey and City University of New York-Hunter College. In Fall 2009, he was asked to teach LGBTQ Studies and Sociology at St. Peter’s College, the first course of its kind offered at the Jesuit college.

He is a best selling author and has published 24 books in sociology, theology and sexuality. He is a columnist for the Sinchew Daily, the leading Chinese newspaper in Malaysia. He also has a column in English writing specifically on sexuality in Malaysiakini.com, which is the most read news website and the most popular Malaysian website. He is currently finishing his doctoral degrees in sociology and theology.

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AUSTRALIA

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Dr. Mark Dalgleish, UK (Scotland)-Moving to AUSTRALIA

Dr. Mark Dalgeish

Mark Dalgleish has been a member of MCC North London for the past two years although he has been visiting MCC churches in the UK and Australia for many years informally. Mark is a General Practitioner in the medical profession as recognized by the Royal College of General Practitioners and fulfills both a “first contact” role in health management and also a holistic pastoral role. Most of his work has been in the sub-specialty of sexual health (genitourinary and HIV medicine and Family Planning) and Palliative Care. He is experienced in dealing with psychosocial elements of spiritual and physical problems and conflict resolution. A native of Scotland, Mark has lived in Australia and is planning to return to Melbourne.

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NORTH AMERICA

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Thomas Decker (CANADA)

Thomas Decker

Thomas Decker has been a member of MCC Toronto for the past three years and is in the process of transferring his clergy credentials to MCC. He previously served as a Roman Catholic priest and is an Old Testament scholar. He has worked in the area of adult spiritual education and teaches such courses as Homosexuality and the Bible. He is currently employed as a Toronto Police Officer and is the LGBT Liaison Officer. He is engaged in LGBT community building, awareness, human rights protection, hate crime prevention and investigation, youth suicide prevention and education regarding investigation of same-sex partner abuse. He is European born and educated, and lived in Australia for many years.

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Dr. Carol Scherfenberg (US)

Dr. Carol Scherfenberg

Dr. Scherfenberg, a retired OB-GYN physician, has been a member of MCC Los Angeles for the past 16 years serving as Lay Delegate, Sunday School coordinator and teacher, facilitator of Women’s Spirituality Group and volunteer at the Food Bank. She has experience with cultural diversity having served as Cultural Diversity educator at Kaiser Permanente, Southern California. She also served as Co-chair of the board of directors of KP Pride SoCal, the LGBT employee and physician association, for many years. Her clinical experiences included working with Sudanese women as patients all of whom had undergone genital surgery as children, and providing medical care at an Indian Health Service Hospital in Montana.

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Rev. Dr. Neil Thomas (UK National living in the US)

Rev. Dr. Neil Thomas

Rev. Dr. Neil Thomas, a native of the United Kingdom, is currently pastor of MCC Los Angeles. He was formerly Senior Pastor of MCC Bournemouth for 12 years. He was instrumental in founding churches in Southampton, Brighton, Dorchester and Torquay (England). He has been a member of MCC since he was 15 years old. Well known for his social activism he has been instrumental in feeding programs for the homeless, night and day shelters, safer sex initiatives, establishing relations with police and LGBTQ communities, Over the Rainbow, (a drop in center offering counseling, support and information), LGBTQ youth services, as well as challenging laws that continue discrimination and intolerance. He also represents MCC in Ecumenical Relationships in California. Neil is an alumnus of the Leadership Mentoring Retreat 2010.

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SOUTH AMERICA

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Rev. Araceli Ezzatti (URUGUAY)

Rev. Araceli Ezzatti

Rev. Ezzatti is a Theologian, Teacher, Psychologist and Pastor with special experience in training leaders and pastors. Her experience as a therapist has been focused on working with people from the slums or living in risky situations. She is an MCC Pastor, founder of Diaconia en la Diversidad MCC Uruguay, as well as a Pastor in the Methodist Church. She served on MCC’s Ecumenical-Interreligious Team, has strong background in ecumenical relations, having served for many years with the World Council of Churches.

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WESTERN EUROPE

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Jochen Gewecke (GERMANY)

Jochem Gewecke

Jochen Gewecke was co-founder of Salz der Erde MCC in Stuttgart, Germany in 2000. He has served as vice-chair of the Board, Lay Delegate and Network Team Leader. He is a freelance graphic designer and advertising copy writer. His art exhibition “Come Together – Mosque, Church and Synagogue” was awarded the European Citizen’s Prize in 2009. Jochen supports MCC’s work in Romania. Jochen is an alumnus of the Leadership Mentoring Retreat 2010.

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Sarah-Jane Ramage (UK)

Sarah-Jane Ramage

Sarah-Jane Ramage is a Chartered Accountant (CPA) working with Deloitte, UK, one of the four largest accountancy firms in the world. She serves as an Assistant Director currently working in the transaction and reorganization/restructuring fields. She has worked on international transactions, studied at school with girls from Hong Kong, China and Malaysia, and met colleagues of her father’s who visited their home from the US and the Far East. She has worked with many colleagues from around the world. She is a member of Brightwaves MCC, Brighton, UK and has had a church background which included family members who were Anglicans and Presbyterians, attended school in a Roman Catholic convent and was baptized in an Ecumenical Church.

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Steering Committee:

Jochen Gewecke (Germany), Dr. Carol Scherfenberg (United States), Dr. Mark Dalgleish (Australia).

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Staff support:

Rev. Hector Gutierrez, Staff Marina Laws, Staff Florin Buhuceanu, Staff
Linda
Brenner-Beckstead
Rev. Elder
Hector Gutierrez
Marina
Laws
Florin
Buhuceanu

 

 

 

 

 

 

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