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Pacific Beach United Methodist Church

1561 Thomas Ave.
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Leadership

Pastor:
Bob Rhodes
Gender:
Man
Race:
White
LGBTQIA:
Yes
Pastor:
Gender:
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LGBTQIA:
Yes
Officiates LGBTQ weddings: Yes
Hires LGBTQ+:
Yes
Ordains LGBTQ+: Yes
Any LGBTQIA individuals serving in church's leadership team: Yes, throughout our leadership structure.

LGBTQ Policy

Verified Clear

Reference Links

Notes

Note from pastor:

In the UMC Denomination, there is harmful and hurtful language in our “Book of Discipline” (the rules by which we order ourselves) that in some cases we work hard to find workarounds. Technically, we don’t ordain gay and lesbian persons, but practically there are a number of LGBTQ+ UMC clergy. Also, in our denomination individual churches don’t ordain but instead rely on a regional body. If it’s simpler, I’m happy to say that we absolutely recommend LGBTQ+ persons for ordination (and even have a member of our congregation working toward ordination who identifies as LGBTQ+).

This complexity is similar to LGBTQ+ weddings. Technically, we’re not allowed. And if we do, we can be “defrocked” (removed from clergy status). Even so, many of us face these consequences and choose to perform these weddings as a matter of justice. Pacific Beach UMC is one such place.

LGBTQIA in Leadership

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Women can preach:
Yes
Women can be ordained:
Yes
Women can be elders:
Yes
Women can be senior pastor:
Yes
Senior pastor is female or non-binary: No
50% or more of leadership team are women and/or non-binary: No
Regularity of women and/or non-binary preachers: Less than monthly

Women in Leadership Policy

Verified Clear

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Notes

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Last updated 3/7/18