ST. LOUIS, Mo. - The Metropolitan Community Church of Greater St. Louis (MCCGSL) has become the first church in its worldwide denomination to hire a full-time family minister.

MCCGSL introduced its new Minister of Family Programming, Karen Yang, at a special service on Sunday. Congregants, community dignitaries and St. Louis Board of Aldermen president Lewis E. Reed were in attendance. Reed presented a proclamation to mark the occasion.

Called “explore!", MCCGSL’s new family ministry is described as a program for today’s families, including families of choice, interracial families, adoptive families, blended families, families with single parents or parents of the same gender.

The explore! program includes sunday school, field trips, opportunities for kids and families to serve their community, meal sharing and parenting journeys.

“This ministry will be a game changer in the life of my son," said Dana Dirsa, an MCCGSL parent. "Allowing him to create his own thoughts, feelings and beliefs around spirituality ultimately giving him a deep sense of what spirituality means to him will allow him to create that foundation to carry through life."

Yang earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Pepperdine University, and a dual-degree Master of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis and Master of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary. As Minister of Family Programming she will be responsible for ministries for the whole family: children, teens, young adults, parents/guardians and the extended family.

According to Yang, she approaches her work with families with equal attention toward social justice, pastoral care and theological imagination.

Founded in 1973, MCCGSL is among the oldest LGBT entities in the state and has been at the forefront of organizing and activism for the LGBT community.

"The Family Ministry at MCCGSL means so much to my family," offered MCCGSL parent Frankey Landon. "As the mothers of a special needs child my wife and I need time to connect with our spirituality and with other adults, and our son needs a place where he is accepted just as he is."



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