Rev. Nancy Wilson joined MCC as Associate Pastor of MCC Boston in 1972 at 22 years of age. She served as Pastor of MCC Detroit from 1975 to 1979 and was elected Elder in 1976.
She moved to Los Angeles in 1979 and became Clerk of the Board of Elders, a position she held for 10 years, seven of them full-time at UFMCC Headquarters. In 1986 she became Pastor of MCC Los Angeles where she served from 1986 to 2000. She became UFMCC’s first Chief Ecumenical Officer, a post she held for 23 years, representing UFMCC to the World Council of Churches as its official observer in Canberra (1991) and Hanere, Zimbabwe (1998). She has served as Vice-Moderator of the Board of Elders since 1993.
In 2001, she was elected Senior Pastor of Church of the Trinity MCC in Sarasota, Florida. She is currently the sole candidate to succeed Rev. Troy Perry as Moderator of MCC. Her election will take place in July 2005, and her installation is scheduled for October 29, 2005 at the Washington National Cathedral.
Rev. Wilson was involved in the move of the MCC LA church from the theater on Hill Street to its present location in West Hollywood with UFMCC Headquarters, she oversaw the rebuilding of that facility after the 1994 earthquake, she started a Latin Ministry, a youth outreach program for which a Ford Foundation grant was obtained. Wilson was founder of Free Spirit MCC, an outreach to women incarcerated at California Institute for Women, and sponsored the first UFMCC Conference on “MCC Women in Ministry”.
Her published works include: Our Tribe: Queer Folks, God, Jesus and the Bible (Alamo Press); with Fr. Malcom Boyd, Amazing Grace, and her prayers and poems are included in Race and Prayer edited by Malcom Boyd and Chester Talton (Morehouse Press). She is a popular preacher and speaker; has been honored with the first “Lazarus Award” from the Presbyterian Church and was invited to preach at the Earl Lectures at Pacific School of Religion in January 2002.