Human Rights Campaign's Harry Knox is Candidate for Senior Pastor of Houston's Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church

Knox is past member of U.S. President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

Oct 03, 2010, 14:05 ET from Metropolitan Community Churches

HOUSTON, Oct. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Harry Knox, a past member of President Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and director of the Human Rights Campaign's Religion and Faith Program, is the candidate for senior pastor of Houston's Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church.

Serving more than 850 friends and members, Resurrection MCC is one of the largest congregations within Metropolitan Community Churches, a Christian denomination with ministries in 35 countries. The church is known for its affirming ministry to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons and for its commitment to social justice.

"Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church seeks to meet the pastoral needs of its members and to equip their spiritual growth so they can live into God's calling to be the leading social justice congregation in Houston," said Rev. Knox. "The call to become the candidate for senior pastor at Resurrection is a dream come true for me. My calling and passion are for equipping God's people to do compassionate justice in Christ's name."

"Harry Knox is a gifted leader with experience in ministry, non-profit management, advocacy, and human rights work," said Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson, moderator of MCC worldwide. While at HRC, Rev. Knox supervised the creation of a national speakers bureau reaching 10 million Americans monthly and a preaching resource with an ecumenical lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender perspective on the Bible. He was instrumental in creating the historic HRC Clergy Call for Justice and Equality, now a biennial Capitol Hill advocacy event for LGBT-affirming faith leaders.

Rev. Knox, who has been featured on BBC News, PBS, NBC, and CBS, was the recipient of Lancaster Theological Seminary's 2005 Robert V. Moss Medal for Excellence in Ministry.

"There are people you meet in life that you truly feel blessed to have known," said Joe Solmonese, HRC president. "Harry Knox is one of those people for me. For the past five years, Harry has led our Religion & Faith program with great skill, effectiveness and diplomacy. We are infinitely stronger as a result of Harry's leadership."

According to Rev. Nancy Wilson, moderator of MCC, "I am so impressed by Harry's sincere conviction of the power of the inclusive gospel of Jesus Christ, by his charisma and his pastoral and organizational skills, and by his ability to meet, love and lead so many kinds of people. Harry is a genuine, humble, history-maker, who loves our movement, our people, our God, and our great cause."

Knox received extraordinary clergy credentials through the MCC Office of Moderator and will be ordained on Nov. 13, 2010.

A congregational vote is scheduled following services on Oct. 24th. If ratified by the congregation, Rev. Knox will begin his ministry in Houston fulltime on January 1, 2011.

SOURCE Metropolitan Community Churches