Rev. John Gill|
(? - living) U.S.A.
The first Metropolitan Community Church pastor in Atlanta, Georgia. Known by many of us as "Rev. John", Rev. Elder John Gill was born in Pittsburgh, PA. After graduating from high school, he attended Franklin and Marshall College where he majored in English and graduated with an A.B. degree. He then entered Princeton Theological Seminary where he graduated with a Masters of Divinity Degree in 1970.
His post MDiv. internship was at Westfield Presbyterian Church in Westfield, NJ. Rev. Elder John Gill was one of the first pastors of U.F.M.C.C., being licensed as clergy in September 1971, and ordained one year later. He has worked closely with Rev. Troy Perry, the founder of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches. Together, they have seen U.F.M.C.C. grow to include over 300 congregations in over 19 countries throughout the world.
His work has included being the founding pastor of First MCC of Atlanta in Atlanta, GA from January 1972 thru January 1976. Pastor of MCC of the Holy Spirit in Fort Lauderdale, FL from January 1976 to October 1985. Pastor of MCC of the Resurrection in Houston, TX from October, 1985 to April, 1995 and now, to our pleasure, the Pastor of King of Peace MCC in St. Petersburg, FL since June 1995.
Rev. Gill has also been very involved over the years with the formation of many groups and organizations outside of MCC that have benefited and promoted gay, lesbian and transgendered peoples within their communities.