MCC’s 53rd Anniversary Celebration Worship
Sunday, October 3rd, 2021
10:00 am ET
St. John’s MCC in Raleigh NC
In 1968, a year before New York’s Stonewall Riots, a series of most unlikely events in Southern California resulted in the birth of the world’s first church group with a primary, positive ministry to gays, lesbians, bisexual, and transgender people.
Those events, a failed relationship, an attempted suicide, a reconnection with God, an unexpected prophecy, and the birth of a dream led to MCC’s first worship service: a gathering of 12 people in Rev. Troy Perry’s living room in Huntington Park, California on October 6, 1968.
That first worship service in a Los Angeles suburb in 1968 launched the international movement of Metropolitan Community Churches, which today has grown to 43,000 members and adherents in almost 300 congregations in 22 countries. During the past 36 years, MCC’s prophetic witness has forever changed the face of Christianity and helped to fuel the international struggle for LGBT rights and equality.
Rev. Paul Whiting
MCC’s 53rd Anniversary Speaker
Rev. Paul Whiting (he, him), originally from Great Britain, has lived in North America since 1995. He has been in leadership with MCC since 1987 working in England, Canada, and USA. He came to MCC after he met Rev. June Norris (SJMCC 2nd Pastor) and Rev. Wayne Lindsay (SJMCC 3rd Pastor) in the UK when they traveled there for MCC.
Currently serving with Mark Godette as a member of Metropolitan Community Churches’ Governing Board, Rev. Paul has served many MCC Churches over the years, most recently as Pastor of MCC Charlotte.