Terri Echelbarger is the Founding Pastor of Many Journeys Metropolitan Community Church (MCC). The denomination, MCC, was founded in 1968 with a primary ministry to LGBTQ people and their allies. MCC’s have played a significant historical (and current) role in advocating for LGBTQ rights and justice around the world.
Terri holds a BA from Western Washington University in Non-Profit Administration an MA from UH Manoa, Hawaii in Public Administration and an MDIV from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA. She teaches MCC / LGBTQ History to incoming Clergy and is a Supervising Clergy for those in the process of becoming credentialed ministers. She also coaches others establishing new ministries. Prior to her Ordination (2000) she served the YMCA for 20 years primarily in Youth Programs.
Terri is married to her beloved Eileen several times – now that it’s truly legal this is no longer required of anyone. She looks forward to her time on the commission and is grateful for the opportunity to advise those seeking to make San Mateo County a better place for everyone, including its LGBTQ members.