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Rev. Dr. Jo Hudson

Senior Pastor

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our senior pastor is Rev. Dr. Jo Hudson. Dr. Hudson is also part of the adjunct faculties of Brite Divinity School on the campus of Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth, Texas, and Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. 

 

Dr. Hudson holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of North Texas in Speech Communication & Theater Arts, a Master of Divinity, Cum Laude, from Perkins School of Theology, and holds an earned Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in Educational Administration. She has used her education and spiritual gifts to lead a large membership church, a renewing church, a mega-church, an online church and a new church start, allowing a breadth of understanding of church life, leadership and worship.

 

Dr. Hudson has served on the Board of Trustees at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, as the Chair of the Board of the South Central Conference of the United Church of Christ, and also as the Chair of the Board of Convergence, an organization leading and inspiring the Progressive Christian movement in the United States. Most recently Dr. Hudson has joined the South Central Conference New Church Start Committee and Chairs the North Texas Association, Committee on Ministry. She also serves as a consultant on new church starts and church mergers for Convergence.

 

Jo is married to Stephanie Hudson, a criminal defense attorney, and they are the proud parents of Sydney Hudson.

Rev. Yadi Martínez- Reyna

Associate Pastor

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yadi is a bilingual Latinx gender non-conforming artist. Yadi was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas. Yadi is a certified facilitator in the Our Whole Lives (OWL) curriculum, which provides comprehensive sexuality education for young people.  Yadi recently graduated from Brite Divinity School and after serving as a licensed minister for New Churc, was recently ordained a as a minister with the United Church of Christ and installed as an associate pastor for New Church.

 

Yadi also serves as the LGBTQIA Unconscious Bias Awareness Facilitator with ten+ years of experience working with young people in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metropolitan area. Their work includes using arts and networking skills to create community events, retreats, leadership conferences, and safe spaces.

Rev. Nan Baker

Volunteer Pastor

 

Nan is a bisexual UCC clergywoman and pastoral psychotherapist currently serving as a volunteer pastor at NewChurch. Her ministry has focused on interfaith connection and social justice and is grounded in her lifelong practice of Zen Buddhism and her sense of humor. 

 

Nan received her Master of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology.

Pastor Monica Bradley

Volunteer Pastor

Monica earned a Master of Divinity from Brite Divinity School with a certificate in Sexual and Gender Justice, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from San Diego State University.  During her time as a student at Brite she completed a year of supervised-ministry with New Church. At Brite she was recognized as an outstanding student with five faculty book awards and awarded a Walker Ministerial Scholarship. Monica earned a certificate from Texas Christian University in Women and Gender Studies and was an inductee into the TCU Triota National Women’s Studies Honor Society during her studies at Brite.

 

Monica wors full-time as the Director of Admissions for Brite Divinity School.

Rev. Larry Gipson

Volunteer Pastor

Larry grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland and is a lifelong member of the United Church of Christ.  Larry received his Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Yale University and his Masters of Divinity from Emory University, Candler School of Theology.  He also served for 31 months as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine.

 

Larry currently serves as the Director of Youth and Family Ministries for Rockwall United Methodist Church.

Rev. Mike Wright-Chapman

Volunteer Pastor

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mike is a notoriously outspoken and compassionate ally and spiritual leader who has risked clergy credentials, position, and reputation to advocate for marginalized persons in the Church and society, particularly persons of color, LGBTQ individuals, women, and young people.

 

Mike earned a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth and a Master of Arts in Christian Education at Scarritt Graduate School in Nashville, Tennessee.  He completed Certification in Spiritual Direction at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas and is a Doctor of Ministry Candidate at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth.

 

Mike currently works full-time as a Patient Advocate and Spiritual Counselor at Lenity Light Hospice.

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