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January 20, 2013

Greetings Church Family!

Rev. Troy Plummer Treash
The Pastoral Search Committee would like to Thank You for your prayers, trust, patience, and faith. We are immensely proud to announce the Senior Pastor Candidate, Rev. Troy Plummer Treash.

Rev. Troy will be at Resurrection MCC on Sundays, February 3 & 10, and there will be several opportunities that week to meet and talk with the candidate. A detailed schedule of events with the candidate is available online at ResurrectionMCC.org.

A Special Congregational Meeting & Election will be held on Sunday, February 10, immediately following our 11 am Worship Service. All members are asked to attend the meeting and cast a vote.

Peace & Blessings,

Resurrection MCC Pastoral Search Committee



Rev. Troy Plummer Treash
Our Senior Pastor Candidate's Journey

Though born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Rev. Troy considers himself a native Texan. He grew up in and around Houston, ultimately settling in Sharpstown when his mother remarried blending a new family. Today he is still the oldest and only boy with three younger sisters and multiple nieces and nephews.

The whole family was very active at Gethsemane United Methodist Church (UMC) in Sharpstown. All the siblings sang in choir, rang bells, attended Sunday School classes and youth group, and took turns as camp and youth counselors. During his senior year in High School, he experienced two things-the call to serve as a pastor and awareness that he was gay. God does have a sense of humor even if a teenager doesn't get it.

Rev. Troy graduated from the University of Houston first with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance immediately followed with a Master of Education in Occupational Education. He taught and then became Director of Education at Bradford School of Business. The HIV/AIDS pandemic took root and the call to ministry returned. Troy went to seminary at Houston Graduate School of Theology with a specialization in Pastoral Counseling and dual credentials as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

As he became an LPC, he also completed his Master of Divinity and was ordained by the Orthodox Catholic Church in 1991, and appointed to serve at Bering Memorial UMC in Montrose. Troy grew the Bering Support Network from one half-time staff to three full-time therapists, a part-time chaplain, multiple interns, and dozens of trained peer facilitators serving thousands of individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS for over a decade. His time at Bering Memorial UMC also included counseling, chaplaincy, teaching, leading retreats, preaching, mission trips, and leadership development.

After 13 years on the pastoral staff of Bering, Rev. Troy transitioned to Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN) as their Executive Director, relocating to Chicago, Illinois. During his nine years as Executive Director, RMN's budget grew from $275,000 to $1,200,000 and from a staff of four to a staff comprised of seven full-time, five contractors, and multiple interns. Rev. Troy travelled coast-to-coast preaching, teaching, organizing, and building. Most recently, he spearheaded the Love Your Neighbor coalition which strives to remove the wedge between communities of color and LGBTQ allies as well as launching international work.

RMN is now a respected leader in the ecumenical faith movement for moral equality for LGBTQ people impacting the U.S., the Philippines, and Africa. Rev. Troy has served on the Religious Leaders Roundtable for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, consulted with the Human Rights Foundation, been a member of the Bishops and Elders Council, and served on advisory councils for the Institute of Welcoming Resources and the Global Justice Institute.

Following a month of spiritual renewal, the longing to return to local ministry grew even stronger and Rev. Troy mapped out a process to close his tenure with RMN. With 22 years of ministry experience and consulting with hundreds of congregations, he wanted to plant roots again in a vibrant congregation that would utilize his unique set of pastoral gifts. Having known Resurrection MCC for over 25 years, Rev. Troy was delighted to be invited to candidate for the Senior Pastor position at Resurrection MCC. Those years of walking with one another meeting challenges -- HIV/AIDS ministry, interfaith/ecumenical responses to local violence (Paul Broussard) and international crisis (September 11) -- forged a faith connection beyond words.

Personally, Rev. Troy says the connections go farther. He remembers worshipping at the Decatur Street church as Rev. John Gill preached and American Sign Language interpreters tag teamed one another to keep up; enjoying Rev. Carolyn Mobley's voice and guitar so many times; celebrating Rev. Dwayne Johnson's arrival and move to the new Sanctuary on 11th Street; finding chairs for Sunday worship in the Activities Building following the flood; and even overcoming a bomb threat to share vows and rings with Walter on Freedom to Marry Day in that same Activities Building in 2002.

Rev. Troy's specific call to Resurrection MCC grew in conversation with the Pastoral Search Committee sharing the hopes and visions and good planning of the congregation and in the PSC's deliberate questions and exploration of what the best match looked like for Resurrection MCC. Rev. Troy shared that his discernment strengthened through personal prayer accompanied by Resurrection MCC's excellent weekly sermons (via podcast) and hearing the congregation's laughter. The meeting between Rev. Troy and the PSC in Houston only made clearer by proximity what was already evident in our hearts. Both were ready to say, "yes."

The Pastoral Search Committee is excited and blessed to present Rev. Troy Plummer Treash as the Candidate for Resurrection MCC Senior Pastor. It is clear to each and every member of the committee that this is the Candidate that God is calling to Resurrection MCC. At every interaction, Rev. Troy exceeds our expectations, and demonstrates his heart and passion for ministry. We are elated and in awe of God's unfolding plan.