MCC BRISBANE HISTORY
MCC Brisbane began as Christ Community Church in 1974. It was renamed Metropolitan Community Church Brisbane and became part of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (UFMCC) after the visit of Rev. Elder Troy Perry in 1975.
Since its foundation in 1968 by Troy Perry, the international movement known as Metropolitan Community Churches has grown to over 43,000 members, with adherents in almost 300 congregations in 22 countries. Read Rev Troy Perry’s story here.
MCC’s prophetic witness has forever changed the face of Christianity and helped to forward the international movement for LGBTIQ rights and equality. MCC Brisbane has always played an influential role, for example through its participation in lobbying and demonstrating for law reform; and in the organisation of major LGBTIQ activities, such as World AIDS Day, Brisbane Pride events and the Stonewall Commemorative service.
Rev Ivor Holmans occupied the roles of Worship Coordinator and Pastoral Leader continuously from June 1982 until he was licensed as clergy in February 1995. Ivor was then Pastor of MCC Brisbane until May 2003. Rev Tim Collier succeeded Ivor from May 2003 to May 2004, when health problems forced his early retirement. In November 2004 Rev Anne James was appointed as Pastor, with her life-partner Rev Iris Saggers as Assistant Pastor. Anne was ordained in August 2000, and had previously held the position of Assistant Pastor of MCC Brisbane while working in the Rockhampton Outreach. Before coming to Rockhampton in August 2002, Iris was an Assistant Pastor at MCC Auckland NZ. Iris was licensed as clergy in August 1994.
Rev Leigh Neighbour led the church for about 7 years, along with husband Dennis Moran. They met at the MCC church in Auckland, New Zealand, in January 1980. They celebrated their marriage in Auckland in January 2014. During Rev Leigh’s leadership, the church grew numerically and spiritually. Rev Leigh retired in June 2015 and was appointed as Pastor Emeritus for MCC Brisbane.
MCC Brisbane has held regular worship services at various locations around Brisbane. We are thankful for past support of other denominations and organisations such as the Religious Society of Friends and the Anglican Church for use of their venues and to GLWA for the period of time we shared premises at the “Rainbow Centre” at Wolloongabba. For several years we met at Cowlishaw House, at 37 Cordelia Street, South Brisbane.
In mid-2015, the church moved to New Farm, an inner suburb of Brisbane and now meets in the Uniting Church at 52 Merthyr Road, New Farm. Our services at 7:00 pm each Sunday feature contemporary music, preaching and a Communion service that is open to everybody. Pastor David Coltheart was appointed interim pastor in August 2015.
MCC Brisbane today moves courageously beyond the confines of what is accepted by the majority, and touches the lives of those in need. Whether it is food for the hungry, support for the disadvantaged or counsel for the hurting, MCC strives to meet the needs of a diverse community.
We believe that God is continually working to reconcile the world with the divine ideal. This encourages us to build an inclusive community that celebrates the diversity of God’s creation.
MCC Brisbane has always been enveloped in a spirit of hope. We will continue to grow and carry the message of God’s unconditional love, especially to the LGBTIQ community of Queensland.