The Rev. Dr. Katrina Roseboro-Marsh (she/her/hers)
Rev. Dr. Katrina Roseboro-Marsh is ordained clergy and holds ministerial standing with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ – DOC) of Northern California-Nevada region and The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries (TFAM). She served under Rivers of Living Water Ministries NY/NJ UCC as an Associate Pastor for 12 years. She is a member of City of Refuge UCC, Oakland, California.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University in New York, and a Doctor of Ministry in Interfaith Clinical Education in Psychological Pastoral Counseling from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR).
Dr. Roseboro-Marsh has over 16 years of experience as a clinician. She works with individuals, couples, and families using an integrative approach in her private practice, A Fit Mind Professional Counseling (AFMPC). She also offers Spiritual Direction and Counseling, and mediation services through AFMPC. She works mostly with clients who are LGBTQIA+ identified, and particularly with those who also identify as African American and have an active religious and/or spiritual practice.
Dr. Roseboro-Marsh is also a published poet, grant writer, and an expert mental health voice in The Magazine and Blog of the National MS Society. She has led trainings, classes, and mental health workshops for organizations including Trauma Informed Care for African American LGBTQI Communities (Akron AIDS Collaborative – AAC) and Maintaining Mental and Spiritual Health During This Prolonged Pandemic Time (Northern CA/NV – DOC).
She is married to the Rev. Tana Roseboro-Marsh, and they reside on the east coast with their Morkie, Xola Darling Roseboro-Marsh.
Ann Randall (she/her/hers)
Ann M. Randall, CPA, has an accounting and financial-management practice in South Euclid, Ohio, working primarily with non-profits and small businesses. She has worked in the non-profit sector for 30 years. Some of her proudest achievements include facilitating racial diversity and parent involvement in her children’s elementary school. She served as the Christian educator in a Presbyterian More Light Church for many years.
The Rev. Derek Terry (he/him)
Rev. Derek Terry is currently serving as the Director of Programing for the Open and Affirming Coalition. He is also a pastor, leader, thinker, speaker, writer, activist, entrepreneur, body positivity advocate, fashion enthusiast, spiritual seeker, and one of his generation’s leading voices on spiritual and social issues. He preaches and teachers across the nation on issues of spirituality, civil rights, race & social justice, income inequality, sexuality, and courageous living. Rev. Derek also serves as the senior pastor of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Cincinnati, Ohio (an Open and Affirming congregation).
The Rev. Ellen Huffman (she/her/hers)
Ellen Huffman is an ordained minister in the Disciples of Christ denomination. She has an M.Div. from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis and an M.A. in Tibetan Buddhism and Sanskrit from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Her thesis and research are centered on how the body has been viewed and utilized in Buddhist traditions, and what these views can offer people navigating body dysmorphia, fatphobia, and diet culture today. Ellen has a background in non-profit work and community organizing, with an emphasis on accompaniment work in the Global South. Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, Ellen has a home in Cleveland with her wife and their many plants.
The Rev. Kevin Tindell (he/him/his)
Co-President, Executive Minister of Special Projects, God Can Ministries UCC
The Rev. Kevin E. Tindell is the Coalition’s Vice-President. He is an ordained minister in the Fellowship of Affirming Ministries. He currently serves the Executive Minister of Special Projects of God Can Ministries UCC in Chicago. 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.
The Rev. Mak Kneebone (he/him/his)
Co-President, Associate Pastor, Portage UCC
The Rev. Mak Kneebone is the Associate Pastor at Portage UCC in Portage, Michigan. 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.
The Rev. Lesley Jones (she/her/hers)
Founder & Senior Pastor, Truth & Destiny Fellowship UCC
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 ministerial standing both in The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries and the United Church of Christ.
Lisbeth Melendez Rivera, M.A.L. (she/her/hers)
Former Director of Faith Outreach & Training, Human Rights Campaign
Lisbeth Meléndez Rivera is a 30+ year veteran of the LGBTQ and Labor movements. Lisbeth has extensive experience organizing and training at the intersections of sexual orientation, gender identity and culture specifically as they relate to communities of color. Lisbeth has crisscrossed the country training workers and community leaders in organizing, leadership development and community building strategies from a grassroots perspective. She has also done extensive work supporting LGBTQ+ leaders in America Latina. Lisbeth, is the former Director of Faith Outreach & Training at the Human Rights Campaign, where she worked with people of Faith across denominations to ensure we can be who we are, love who we love and practice our faith free of judgement. A biologist and sociologist by education with a solid Jesuit and SND formation, that makes her passions flare and her days move forward. Today, Lisbeth lives in Hyattsville, MD alongside her wife, Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz and their chosen family, both human and furry!
The Rev. Craig Hoffman (he/him/his)
The Rev. Craig Hoffman serves as the Coalition’s treasurer. He is a life-long member of the United Church of Christ. Born and reared in rural Pennsylvania, he earned a B.S. in Biology from Juniata College, a Master of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School and a masters in Non-Profit Management from New York University. Ordained in 1993 to serve persons living with HIV/AIDS in the South Bronx and later in Greenwich Village in NYC, his ministry expanded to administration, serving the National Setting of the UCC on the Financial Development Team for 14 yeas and currently as the Program Assistant on the Global H.O.P.E. Team. He and his husband, Allen, reside in Cleveland, OH. (They personally embody the ecumenical partnership of the UCC and Disciples of Christ since 1989.) Craig has a long history with the Coalition, having attended his first National Gathering in 1988 while a seminarian. In his spare time, he enjoys watching documentary films, serving as a Cleveland Tree Steward, genealogy research and visiting cemeteries, and campaigning for progressive political candidates who are advocates for the environment and equal rights.