We are pleased to welcome the Rev. Dr. Mark Johnston, Executive Director of our denomination’s open and affirming ministry program (“GLAD Alliance” — Gay, Lesbian and Affirming Disciples), as our guest preacher for worship on Sunday morning, Oct. 9th. Rev. Johnston will be in Springfield for our denomination’s Regional Assembly on Oct. 7-9, where he will be leading a workshop on the importance of welcoming and affirming LGBTQ people in the church, and we were able to work things out so he could speak at Brentwood while in town. We look forward to welcoming him at Brentwood! Here’s his bio, from the GLAD Alliance website:
Mark Johnston first encountered the Disciples of Christ when he enrolled at Texas Christian University. He has been an ordained Disciples minister since 1992, earned his Ph.D. in Pastoral Psychology from Boston University in 1993, and is a licensed psychologist in Massachusetts. He worked as a therapist with LGBT clients and their families for over 25 years before accepting the call as Executive Director of the Open & Affirming Ministry program in July of 2013. Mark now lives in San Francisco with his partner Shannon Halkyard and their stubborn and energetic Jack Russell Terrier Fannie Mae. He is an avid sailor, cyclist, and scuba diver, and wannabe linguist.