Leadership team

The Rev. Lesley Jones

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The Rev. Lesley E. Jones is the founder and senior pastor of Truth & Destiny Fellowship United Church of Christ in Cincinnati, OH. Born in New Bern, NC , to teenage parents, she spent her early years being raised by grandparents who taught her early about “unconditional love” and “uncompromising faith. She is a 1990 graduate of Miami University (OH) with a B.S. in Social Science Education. She also holds certificates in ministry, pastoral counseling and organizational leadership. Among many other leadership roles, she has served as the executive director for both the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission and Equality Cincinnati. Pastor Jones has standing both in The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries and the United Church of Christ. Lesley’s pronouns of choice are “she, her, hers.”

The Rev. Mak Kneebone

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The Rev. Mak Kneebone is the pastor at Plymouth United Church in Spring, TX. Mak is passionate about creating wholeness in our broken world by following the path of Jesus as Christ. This includes working on peacemaking, crafting inclusive and nonviolent liturgies, having conversations about privilege and the intersections of oppression, as well as having the honor of providing pastoral care and leading worship. Mak is the Coalition’s president. Mak’s pronouns of choice are “he, him, his.”

Phil Porter

Phil Porter
Phil Porter is the Minister of Art and Communication at First Congregational Church of Berkeley. He has been involved in the Coalition for over 30 years, including 6 years as Moderator of the Coalition Council (at a time when he still had quite a bit of hair.) He has served in a variety of national committees including two of the UCC restructuring task forces and the search committee that recommended Rev. Geoffrey Black for General Minister and President. He is also the co‐founder of InterPlay, a global social movement dedicated to ease, connection, human sustainability and play. Phil is the Coalition’s treasurer. Phil’s pronouns of choice are “he, him, his.”

The Rev. Michael Schuenemeyer

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The Rev. Mike Schuenemeyer is minister for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender concerns and executive for health and wholeness advocacy in the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries. His leadership helped secure passage of General Synod resolutions supporting marriage equality and international human rights for LGBT people. Mike was executive producer for the film, “Call Me Malcolm,” and serves as executive director for UCAN Inc., the UCC HIV and AIDS Network. He serves ex officio on the Coalition’s Leadership Team. Mike’s pronouns of choice are “he, him, his.”

The Rev. Kevin Tindell

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The Rev. Kevin E. Tindell is an ordained minister in the Fellowship of Affirming Ministries. He currently serves on the pastoral ministry staff of New Dimensions Chicago, a meta-costal Christian ministry led by Bishop Carlton Pearson. Kevin counsels and coaches many who struggle with their identity, especially with regard to their spirituality and sexuality. He has served on the UCC’s Chicago Metropolitan Association Council and Congregational Life Committee. He and his husband, William, are the proud parents of three sons: Carter, Christian and Camran. Kevin is the Coalition’s vice president. Kevin’s pronouns of choice are “he, him, his.”

The Rev. Rebecca Voelkel

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The Rev. Dr. Rebecca Voelkel is an ordained minister in the UCC and a national leader in the movement for LGBTQ justice. From 2005 to 2013, she was director for the Institute for Welcoming Resources and for Faith Work in the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. She was interim National Coordinator for the UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns, pastor of Spirit of the Lakes UCC in Minneapolis, and program staff for the Center for the Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence. She is a faith‐based community organizing trainer as well as workshop presenter on a wide variety of faith and justice issues. Rebecca and her partner, Maggie, are parents of Shannon MacKenzie. Rebecca is the Coalition’s secretary. Rebecca’s pronouns of choice are “she, her, hers.”