National MFSA Staff

Jill Warren, Executive Director, works with the board of directors to set overall directions and goals for MFSA. Kathryn is responsible for program development and implementation and administration. She directs caucus and ecumenical relations, special projects, General Conference strategy, and The Progressive Voice publication.

Chett Pritchett, Office Manager, performs a wide range of tasks including managing the MFSA office, editing the biweekly e-newsletter, maintaining financial and membership records, data entry and processing, and relating to the MFSA constituency via phone and email.

Rev. Steve Clunn is MFSA's Coalition Coordinator.  His work involves strengthening the coalition of groups and individuals working for justice in the UMC, specifically in regards to the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons in all levels of the church by focusing on conference-level action.  Contact Steve at:

Jen Tyler comes to MFSA as a Mission Intern from the General Board of Global Ministries, appointed to serve as the Associate for Movement Building with a focus on involvement of young people.  Jen is working with both national and local events that foster theological reflection on social justice work, as well as developing a social media presence and strategy for MFSA. She can be reached at

MFSA's National Board of Directors


   Tara Thronson             Vicki Woods              Tracy Merrick

    Co-President              Co-President               Treasurer

  Sacramento, CA          Worcester, MA            Wexford, PA


Western Jurisdictional Rep: Jan Nelson,  Salem, OR
South Central Jurisdictional Rep: Rowland Curry,  Austin, TX
North Central Jurisdictional Rep: Melissa Calvillo,  Burnside, IL
Southeastern Jurisdictional Rep: Diane Christianson,  Winterville, NC
Northeastern Jurisdictional Rep: Latrelle Easterling,  Boston, MA

At-Large member: Brian Schlemmer,  Tuscon, AZ
At-Large member: Rachel Harvey,  Chicago, IL

Special consultant: Ginny Lapham  Vienna, VA

Program Council Co-Convener: Betty Kobata, Torrence, CA
Program Council Co-Convener: Glenn Bosley-Mitchell,  St. Petersburg, FL

Finance Committee Chair: Kevin Nelson,  New York, NY

The Program Council

The Program Council connects grassroots MFSAers with one another and with the national leadership. Consisting of one representative from each MFSA regional affiliate, the Program Council meets once a year for the following purposes:

– hearing about the work and activities of other members & regional affiliates
– having speakers and conducting workshops
– sharing information across regional lines
– conducting leadership training receiving
– updates from the Board of Directors and national staff
– resourcing jurisdictional events and gatherings of the full MFSA membership
– proposing strategies for action
– advising the national staff and MFSA Board of Directors

Program Council meetings are open to all MFSA members and people are encouraged to come to be inspired by the work of others across the county!   Meetings of the Program Council occur once a year, usually in October.

Among the duties of the Program Council is the election of five members of the MFSA Board of Directors, one from each jurisdiction.
Glen Bosely-Mitchell (clergy, Florida affiliate) and Betti Kobata (lay, Cal-Pac affiliate), currently co-convene the Program Council.
Eloise Cranke (lay, Iowa affiliate), is secretary of the Council and rounds out the leadership team.   
To learn more about the Program Council you can download
a copy of the Oct-Dec. 2008 SQB.  

If you have ideas you’d like to share about the Program Council contact Kathryn Johnson at


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