R. Adam DeBaugh
23 June 1947 - 20 May 2023
Adam passed away on the morning of May 20th, 2023 from cancer and multiple health issues. He leaves behind an extended family of friends and an MCC legacy of lay leadership.
Adam’s Facebook page says “Adam has never been a member of MCC clergy.” This simple statement encompasses his humor and his impact as a lay leader locally and denominationally. He first started attending MCC of Washington, D.C. in 1973 and quickly became involved.
Rev. Roy Birchard and Adam started the UFMCC Washington Field Office in June of 1975. As Director of the Field Office, Adam was the first person to full-time lobby the United States Congress for Gay and Lesbian civil rights. He served on the Board of Directors of the Gay Rights National Lobby and hosted that organization in the UFMCC Washington Field Office for its first few years.
Remembering their time working together, Rev. Roy Birchard said, “Adam was the catalytic person in the formation of the MCC Capitol Hill lobbying office and its successors. The 1976 MCC General Conference was crucial in advancing many agendas but it affirmed MCC’s commitment to advancing our rights through the formation of GRNL (Gay Rights National Lobby), the grandparent of today’s Human Rights Campaign (HRC).”