Board of Directors

Bishop Daniel C. Arichea Jr.

Bishop Arichea Jr. is a retired Bishop in The United Methodist Church. More information will be available shortly.

Rev. Dr. Laura Blauvelt

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Bodie Gilbert

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Rev. Dr. Ron Hoellein

Ron is a UM clergy five years into retirement. He is a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College, Garrett Evangelical Seminary (M.Div) and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (D. Min Pastoral Care). In his years under appointment, Ron served eight years in a two point Appalachian rural charge, eleven years in a small college community in northwestern PA. and 22 years as lead pastor in a large multiple staff, suburban congregation. In each of these settings he came to know LGBTQIA+ persons. These individuals inspired him to work for inclusion for all of God’s people.

Ron has served in the Western PA Annual Conference as Registrar and Chair of the Board of Ordained Ministry. He has been incorporator in several non-profit corporations seeking to serve senior citizens, health care, and youth. For the last 20 years Ron has taught and consulted with nearly 50 congregations on developing what it means to be a Purpose, Mission, and Vision driven community of faith. He also currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of United Methodist Church Union, an urban, inner city nexus of meal, education, housing, transient, and children at risk programs. He is active in the WPA Reconciling Ministry Task Force.

Ron and Joyce met on their first day of classes at Wesleyan and are in their 49th year of marriage. Their four grown children and their spouses are scattered in four different states with their eleven grandchildren.

Ron believes and preaches a gospel of full inclusion and desires to be part of a church that welcomes, affirms, and celebrates the gifts, graces, and call of every individual to grow the church and bring forth the realm, reign, and kingdom of God in our midst.

Joseph R. Hurt

Josephhurt250x300Joseph Richard Hurt ‘s career in legal education spans nearly 35 years, and includes deanships at three law schools and teaching appointments at six schools. He started his career at Mississippi College School of Law, where he was a member of the faculty for more than 21 years. During this time, he also served as Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Associate Dean and Dean for seven years. Following his deanship at Mississippi College, he served as Deputy Consultant on Legal Education to the American Bar Association in the Office of the Consultant which oversees the accreditation of American law schools for the ABA.

With his background in the law school accreditation process, Joseph led two of Florida’s new law schools, Florida Coastal in Jacksonville and Barry University in Orlando through the full ABA accreditation process as dean. Additionally, he has successfully provided guidance as an outside consultant to a number of other law schools either seeking ABA accreditation or dealing with issues of compliance with accreditation standards. He is currently a member of the full-time faculty at Florida A&M University College of Law in Orlando. Joseph’s service to the legal profession has extended beyond the academy including his membership on and chair of the Mississippi Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on Rules and numerous leadership positions in local, state and national bar associations. His contributions to the profession were recognized when he was named the Outstanding Young Lawyer of Mississippi and when he later received the Mississippi Supreme Court’s Chief Justice Award.

Joseph earned his undergraduate degree from Mississippi College, a master’s degree in History and the J.D. degree from Baylor University and the LL.M. degree from Yale University. Joseph grew up in Mississippi as the son of a Baptist minister of the moderate tradition. In recent years, he began attending First United Methodist Church Winter Park where he is now a member. His faith pilgrimage, along with his academic background in Constitutional Law, has led him to active involvement in LGBTQ equality and inclusion causes. He is a member of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Federal Club where he has been actively involved in Central Florida. At Florida A&M is a faculty advisor to Stonewall LGBTA Law Association which was begun under his leadership. Having been troubled about the Church’s failure to actively minister to the LGBTQ community, Joseph is excited about Reconciling Ministries Network and the opportunity to serve on its Board.

George Jonte-Jones

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Rev. Dr. Beth LaRocca-Pitts

The Rev. Dr. Beth LaRocca-Pitts is the senior pastor of Saint Mark United Methodist Church in Atlanta Georgia. She has been an elder in the North Georgia Annual Conference for thirty years where she has served five different appointments beginning with a four point circuit, then two associateships, and more recently two appointments as senior pastor. She did her undergraduate work at Duke University, her M.Div at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, her PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University, and she has taught Hebrew Bible at Andover Newton Theological School, the University of Georgia, and Duke Divinity School.

Her work in the North Georgia Conference has included two elections to the Jurisdictional delegation (2012 and 2016); two quadrennia as chair of the Resolutions committee, and two heading the North Georgia Commission on Interreligious Concerns and Christian Unity. Her connection to the Reconciling Ministries Network goes back to 1982, when she was a seminary intern at Wheadon United Methodist Church under Greg Dell. Currently she serves in her local unit of Reconciling United Methodists in the North Georgia Annual Conference. Beth is married to the Rev. Dr. Mark LaRocca-Pitts who is also an elder in the North Georgia Annual Conference. They have two children, twins Ellie and Joe, who are high school seniors.

Dan Levine

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Rev. Dion Marquit

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Rev. Diane McGehee

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Dave Nuckols

dave250x300Dave Nuckols is a Minnesota lay person who grew up in the south where his family has 235 years of history with Virginia Methodism pre-dating and including attendance at the 1784 Christmas Conference. He has been married to Karin for 25 years and they have two cherished daughters. In his local church, Dave has served as Lay Leader, Staff-Parish Relations Committee and Stewardship Chair. Minnetonka UMC become reconciling in 2010 and continues to grow in spiritual vitality, attendance, finances and mission. Dave is an RMN-trained reconciling process coach and an advocate for marriage equality. In 2012, he was a Reserve Delegate to General Conference where he served as a Legislative Coordinator for the Love Your Neighbor Coalition and reached out actively to conservatives. He continues to serve on the North Central Jurisdiction Restructuring Task Force and on the Minnesota Annual Conference Board of Ordained Ministry. Professionally, Dave is enjoying a second career in local government after spending 20 years in high tech sales and marketing. He is a graduate of Duke University and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Dave has a passion for justice for LGBTQ peoples and also for the growth and unity of the United Methodist Church.

Bill Smith

Bill Smith is a founding partner at Civitas Public Affairs Group, a values-based consulting firm that delivers winning campaigns and communications strategies for some of the most pressing issues of our day. He works with progressive non-profit organizations and philanthropists on a wide range of issues including LGBT rights, protecting our environment, increasing civic participation, advancing reproductive justice, building a strong resistance movement, and ending sexual assualt.

Prior to founding Civitas, Bill served as the national political director at Gill Action Fund. During his five-year tenure, Bill led the development of innovative strategies to pass, block, and protect key policy outcomes for the LGBT community, including the freedom to marry and non-discrimination protections. He also counseled a network of donors that invested nearly $15 million into targeted campaigns to support pro-LGBT candidates and organizations.

A lifelong Methodist, Bill grew up in the First United Methodist Church in Eufaula, Alabama and graduated from Birmingham-Southern College. He and his husband Mark reside in Washington, D.C. where he is an active member of Foundry United Methodist Church.

Gheeta Smith

gheeta250x300Gheeta Smith was adopted from India as a baby and raised United Methodist in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has a BS in Geography with a Minor in Arabic Literature from the University of Utah. Gheeta is passionate about social justice issues, particularly issues of equality, equity, poverty and education. Over the years she has held many leadership roles in the Rocky Mountain Annual Conference. She was a delegate at the Global Young People’s Convocation and Legislative Assembly in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2006 and was a reserve delegate to General Conference 2008. Gheeta was the Utah Sub-district Lay Leader from 2011-2014. She has been actively involved in RMN since 2002. She was the Annual Conference Team leader for Utah/Rocky Mountain from 2010-2014, and recently spent time as a Jurisdictional Organizer for the Believe Out Loud and Love Your Neighbor campaigns. She is the former Co-Chair of United Methodists of Color for A Fully Inclusive Church (UMOC).

Rev. Terri Stewart

terri_stewart250x300Rev. Terri Stewart is a provisional elder of the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Methodist Church. They serve as the Director of the Youth Chaplaincy Coalition and as the Spiritual Leader of www.BeguineAgain.com, an online spiritual community. They are married and have two sons, one who identifies as transgender/asexual and the other who identifies as cisgender/”I don’t know.” The boys both use the pronouns he, him, his. Terri identifies primarily as cisgender/bisexual and uses the pronouns they, them, their. They desire to make churches safe places for the lost, the least, and the lonely. But most especially, for those who have been hurt by church because of their sexual or gender identification.

Dr. Frank Trotter

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Rev. James Waugh

Rev. Jim Waugh is a retired elder in the West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church. Jim completed thirty-eight years in ministry prior to his retirement in 2013. During his ministry, Jim served in a number of settings including: rural parishes, developer of an ecumenical cooperative ministry, district superintendent, lead pastor of a large suburban congregation, and assistant to the superintendent. He and Carol have been married for forty-six years. They are the parents of two daughters. Lisa, their oldest daughter, is a lesbian.

Jim was a delegate to the 1996 General Conference, and he was the first reserve delegate in 2000. In addition, Jim was a jurisdictional delegate from 1984 through 2004. Among other conference responsibilities, Jim served on the Board of Ordained Ministry. He currently serves as one of the parliamentarians for the annual conference and coordinates a team of parliamentarians for the conference.

Jim has been a long-time advocate of full inclusion of LGBTQ persons in The United Methodist Church. Since 2008, he has been active in the West Ohio Reconciling Ministries Team. He has served as the facilitator of the team since 2009. Jim has attended Convo since 2009. After his retirement, Jim initiated an outreach to parents whose children have come out as LGBTQ. Twice a year, Jim offers a four-session class called “When Kids Come Out.”

Jim continues to advocate for and to work for the full inclusion of LGBTWQ persons in the life of The United Methodist Church and in the society at large. In his retirement, Jim enjoys spending time with his family, including his two grandchildren, travels with Carol, and hiking in the Hocking Hills in southeast Ohio.

Executive Committee

Chair: Gheeta Smith
Vice Chair: Joseph Hurt
Secretary: Adama Brown-Hathaway
Treasurer: Terri Stewart
Personnel: James Waugh
Strategy: Bill Smith
Executive Director: Jan Lawrence

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