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7747 Tom Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
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Metropolitan Community Church of Baton Rouge is a congregation of the worldwide movement known as the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches. Founded in Baton Rouge in December 1983, MCC of Baton Rouge has served our community with a message of God’s all-inclusive love and a variety of outreach ministries continuously for more than 30 years.
MCC's primary outreach is to GLBT people, as well as accepting and affirming heterosexuals and anyone else looking for an all-inclusive message, but everyone is welcome to participate in our ministries and activities.
Among MCCBR's core values is a commitment to Christian social action and justice, and a natural extension of those values has been the church’s and its members’ involvement in the formation and continuation of the Baton Rouge Pride Fest. But its ministries certainly don’t stop there. In addition to offering uplifting worship celebrations, blessings of GLBT relationships and much more, the congregation also helps to feed the hungry through its involvement with a local food pantry, partners with other agencies to provide school supplies to children in need, “adopts” residents at a nearby nursing home, provides food and supplies for local pet shelters and much more.
Pastor: Rev. Keith Mozingo
2014 Board of Directors: Rick Cain, Vince Fusilier, B.J. Sommers and Mo Wilkerson
2013 Board of Directors: Rick Cain, David Nall, Morris Welch and Mo Wilkerson
2012 Board of Directors: Todd Griffin, David Nall, Bobbi Rogers and Morris Welch
Lay Delegate and Alternate Lay Delegate: Rick Cain and Mike Smith
Metropolitan Community Church of Baton Rouge was founded on Dec. 4, 1983, when a group of about a dozen people gathered at the Lambda Center to form the city’s first congregation of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (a worldwide movement of open and accepting congregations with churches around the globe). In August 1990, the church’s name was changed to Joie de Vivre Metropolitan Community Church of Baton Rouge so as to emphasize the Cajun French heritage of South Louisiana (with a name that translated to “Joy of Life” MCC). But the church later returned to the simpler name of Metropolitan Community Church of Baton Rouge in 2002.
Through the years, the church has been served by seven pastors and three interim leaders. Those were:
Throughout the first portion of its history, MCC of Baton Rouge met in various rented facilities – the most notable and long-term arrangement being two stints in what was then known as The Uniting Campus Ministries building on West Chimes Street near Louisiana State University. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, during a period of intentionally planning for a permanent facility of its own, the church purchased 6 acres of land in South Baton Rouge with the intention of building on that land. That property later was sold in favor of purchasing the facilities currently owned by the congregation at 7747 Tom Drive in Baton Rouge, which have served as the church’s home and a center for GLBT community activities since August 2004.
Since its founding in 1968, MCC has been at the vanguard of civil and human rights movements by addressing important issues such as racism, sexism, homophobia, ageism, and other forms of oppression. MCC has been on the forefront in the struggle toward marriage equality in the United States and other countries worldwide and continues to be a powerful voice in the LGBT equality movement.
MCC’s Christian ministry is provided primarily through 222 local congregations located in 37 countries worldwide.
In 1968, a year before New York’s Stonewall Riots, a series of most unlikely events in Southern California resulted in the birth of the world’s first church group with a primary, positive ministry to gays, lesbians, bisexual, and transgender persons.
Those events, a failed relationship, an attempted suicide, a reconnection with God, an unexpected prophecy, and the birth of a dream led to MCC’s first worship service: a gathering of 12 people in Rev. Troy Perry’s living room in Huntington Park, California on October 6, 1968.
That first worship service in a Los Angeles suburb in 1968 launched the international movement of Metropolitan Community Churches, which today has grown to 43,000 members and adherents in more than 220 congregations in 37 countries. During its 40-plus years, MCC’s prophetic witness has forever changed the face of Christianity and helped to fuel the international struggle for LGBT rights and equality. To learn more about MCC Churches around the globe, visit www.mccchurch.org.