Our Pastors

Rev. Vance E. Haywood, Jr.

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Senior Pastor

Rev. Vance E. Haywood, Jr. became the fifth pastor of St. John’s MCC in February 2018. Vance (no titles) is his preferred introduction. Vance was affiliated with the Church of God in his childhood through the age of 20. He stepped away from “the Church,” unable to reconcile whom he knew himself to be with the teaching about God being presented by others. Vance joined the Metropolitan Community Church movement in 2008 after experiencing God anew a few years earlier during a drag performance of a traditional gospel song by Taj Mahal (RIP) at Legends Night Club.

 

If you ask Vance if he is religious, his answer will be an adamant “NO! - Religion has been and is still a source of great pain and suffering. Jesus came to overturn harmful religious practices and simply offer life and love to hurting people in a hurting world. I see it as my call to do the same as best I can with God’s help.”

Rev. Wanda Floyd

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Lead Pastor - Digital Campus

Rev. Wanda Floyd is an ordained clergy person with Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC).

 

Rev. Floyd began her journey with MCC at St. John’s MCC in Raleigh, NC in 1987 and served as a member, lay representative and clergy representative. In 1997, after spending ten years at St. John’s MCC in Raleigh, NC, she founded Imani MCC in Durham, NC. Currently she works for MCC as the Emerging Church and MCC Communities Co-Ordinator....

Rev. Paully Adams

Rev. Paully Adams

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Congregational Life / Worship Coordinator

By day, Pastor Paully teaches mathematics in the public schools, but otherwise, look for him singing, abstract painting, playing Dungeons and Dragons with his college and seminary friends, and being with nature.

 

Pastor Paully tells us that "love is at the heart of this ministry. We want to create the best worship experience because we love God and love those who join us to worship God (whether online on various platforms, on TV or in person), and share the gifts we have been given."

Our Ministry Leaders

Katie Almaguer

Katie Almaguer

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Youth Ministry

Coordinator

Dela Adams

Dela Adams

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Welcome Team Coordinator

Robbie Blanks

Robbie Blanks

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Music Minister

Travis Compton

Travis Compton

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Care Coordinator 

Mike Gauss

Mike Gauss

AV Coordinator
Content Creator

Rick Godette

Rick Godette

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Social Action Coordinator

Mark Godette

Mark Godette

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Vice Chair of the Board

Jim Manchester

Jim Manchester

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Communications Coordinator
Ministry of Spiritual Growth

Al Wiliams

Al Wiliams

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Church Administrator

SJMCC Audio Visual Team

AV Team at work for St. John's MCC
Mark Godette running the Proclaim computer
Mike, Jay, and Steve help get the Worship experience to our Digital Campus

Deep in the back of the Sanctuary at St. John’s MCC there’s a shadowy room that few dare to enter. It’s where all the technical magic happens to take our in-person worship experience and spread it throughout the world on Facebook and YouTube each week.

 

It takes at least four people working simultaneously to do that, and we have several people who volunteer on the team.

 

On the Sunday in the above photos…

• Mark Godette runs the computer that drives the slides that show on the screen, the song lyrics on the livestream, and all prerecorded video and audio that we use.

• Mike Gauss constantly monitors the sound levels and serves as the Team Leader and our Technical Director.

• Jay Cannady-Kelderman works a complicated program that switches the video input from the many different sources to produce the final video. He also stores each worship service for future use and publishes the livestream feeds. And after Worship each week, he uploads the audio of just the sermon to our Soundcloud podcast channel.

• Finally, Steve Davis runs the three movable cameras in the room … focusing on the speaker or point of interest so you’ll get the best view.

 

Other volunteers who are in our serving rotation include Joyce Robinson, Juanice Robinson, Al Williams, Billy Weaver, and Jim Manchester.

 

We would like to add to the Team! We need someone who can work outside the booth to help us add the actual social media comments that come from our Digital Campus to our livestream feed and to the screen at the front of the Sanctuary. We’d like to have a Worship Stage Manager who helps people move into position just in time for their part in worship. And we need a Tech Director who keeps an eye on everything, so Mike doesn’t have to do double duty each week. If you can help, please get in touch with Mike Gauss (MikeG@StJohnsMCC.org).