Agape MCC marks 40 years

Nancy Wilson

MCC moderator Nancy Wilson to speak at special service on Easter

FROM STAFF REPORTS
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Agape Metropolitan Community Church will celebrate its 40th anniversary at the 10:30 a.m. service on Easter Sunday, April 24, with special guest preacher the Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson.

Wilson, moderator of the Metropolitan Community Churches, was recently named by President Barack Obama to serve on the White House Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. She is one of the nation’s leading religious figures in the LGBT community.

Known both for her pastoral skills as well as her public advocacy, Wilson has pastored many of MCC’s congregations, including its founding church, and for more than 20 years was the denomination’s chief ecumenical officer, representing MCC at the National and World Council of Churches.

Metropolitan Community Churches was founded by the Rev. Elder Troy Perry in Los Angeles on October 6, 1967. In 1970, a group of LGBT people of faith began meeting privately in Fort Worth, sharing a common dream of God’s inclusive love. In 1972, the group in Fort Worth met with official representatives of what became the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches. The Rev. Elder Richard Vincent and others met with representatives of this group to charter Agape Metropolitan Community Church as a local congregation of the UFMCC.

Meeting for a while in the log cabin at the YMCA, the group moved to a storefront location on Hemphill Street. The church experienced a great deal of harassment at that location, but the work continued. And in 1983, under the leadership of the Rev. Jim Norwood, Agape moved to its present location at 4615 E. California Parkway in southeast Fort Worth.

Today, the Rev. S. David Wynn Sr. is senior pastor at Agape MCC. The pastoral staff also includes the Rev. Teri Lubers as staff pastor and the Revs. Robert Myers and Teresa Mallot as staff clergy.

—  John Wright