Our Pastors and Ministry Leaders

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.”

Fred Cannady-Kelderman

Fred Cannady-Kelderman

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Associate Pastor

Ministry of Congregational Care

Pastor Fred has a passion for mental health and constantly reminds our congregation of the importance and value of self-care.

"Congregational Care is vital to the life of the church. It's the responsibility of all of us to take care of each other. We achieve this through Care Teams - groups dedicated to surrounding individuals with love and support."

He practices what he preaches through Photography, Hiking, Road trips, and Music.

Rev. Paully Adams

Rev. Paully Adams

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Associate Pastor

Ministry of Worship

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."

Robbie Blanks

Robbie Blanks

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Ministry of Music

Jim Manchester

Jim Manchester

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Communications Coordinator
Ministry of Spiritual Growth

Dela Adams

Dela Adams

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Ministry of Fellowship

Rick Godette

Rick Godette

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Ministry of Social Action and Justice

Travis Compton

Travis Compton

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Food Pantry, Lunchboxes of Love

Mike Gauss

Mike Gauss

AV Coordinator

Al Wiliams

Al Wiliams

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Church Administrator

Mark Godette

Mark Godette

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Vice Chair of the Board

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Youth Program Manager

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Digital Campus Pastor