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Rev. Vance E. Haywood, Jr. is the Senior Pastor of St. John’s MCC . Vance (no titles) is his preferred introduction. Vance was affiliated with the Southern Baptist and later the Church of God in his childhood. 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.
As a gay christian, Pastor Vance seeks to share God's Unconditional Love for ALL people.
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.”