Rev. Dr. Michael Piazza

Senior Pastor

(212) 316-5700

michael@broadwayucc.org

David Plunkett, Assistant to Rev. Piazza david@broadwayucc.org

Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sunday, 3-7 p.m.; available by appointment.

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Rev. Dr. Michael Piazza is a spiritual visionary, author, and social justice advocate. During 23 years of his courageous leadership as senior pastor and later dean, the Cathedral of Hope in Dallas, Texas made religious history by reclaiming Christianity as a faith of extravagant grace, radical inclusion, and relentless compassion while becoming the world’s largest liberal Christian church with a predominantly lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender outreach. A native of Georgia, Rev. Piazza has served churches in Texas, Georgia, Oklahoma, Florida, and Connecticut. He also is the founder and president of Agile Church Consulting. He holds bachelor’s degrees in history and psychology from Valdosta State University; a Master of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta; and a doctorate from Hartford Seminary, where he is a faculty associate teaching congregational renewal.

Once named by the "Advocate" magazine as one of the most influential people in the gay and lesbian movement, he also was honored by Pacific School of Religion with its "Leading Voice" award for his social justice work on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community. His published books include Fishing in a Shallow Sea; Vital Vintage Church; Liberating Word, A Daily Reflection for Liberals, Volume One: The First Testament; Liberating the Gospel; Gay by God: How to be Lesbian or Gay and Christian (formerly Holy Homosexuals); Queeries: Questions Lesbians and Gays Have for God; The Real antiChrist: How America Sold its Soul; and Prophetic Renewal: Hope for the Liberal Church. In his spare time, Rev. Piazza enjoys online prophetic advocacy and agitation and can be found on Twitter (@RevMikePiazza) and Facebook (Rev. Michael Piazza). He also writes a daily blog/devotion called "Liberating Word."

Rev. Piazza and his late partner, Bill Eure, met in 1980 and were married for 35 years. Together, they raised two wonderful daughters.

Jared Gilbert

President of the Board

(212) 316-5700

jaredagilbert@gmail.com

Available by appointment.

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Jared Gilbert is originally from rural Indiana and is a life-long church-goer. With Pentecostal roots, and a journey from evangelicalism through Methodism, he joined the United Church of Christ and Broadway UCC in 2010. He has served on the Board of Stewards since 2014 and was elected board president in 2015. Jared is currently director of communications at COOKFOX Architects. He holds an architecture degree from Ball State University and a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, and his research and writing interests are in the intersections of the built environment, sustainability, spirituality and social justice. In addition to his Board of Stewards responsibilities, he organizes and leads a midweek gathering for worship. Jared lives with his partner in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

Douglas O. Drake

Director of Music

(212) 316-5700

douglas@broadwayucc.org

Sunday, 3-7 p.m.; available by appointment.

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Douglas Drake is currently in his twenty-second season serving Broadway United Church of Christ as its music director where he leads the Broadway and Selah Choirs. As chapel organist for St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s School, he plays daily chapel services for students and faculty, and he also serves as organist at Eighth Church of Christ, Scientist. A graduate of the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, he studied organ with David Mulbury. He also administers the Division of Molecular Therapeutics in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University’s medical school and the Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Inc.

Rev. Victoria L. Moss

Director of Children's Ministry

(212) 316-5700

vicki@broadwayucc.org

Sunday, 3-7 p.m.; available by appointment.

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My first seven jobs: Camp Counselor, Director of Christian Education, Animal Care Technician in a pet shop, In-Home Family Therapist, College Chaplain with teaching responsibilities, Pastor, and Customer Service for The Container Store. My eighth job: Director of Children’s Ministry at Broadway United Church of Christ. In the interest of full disclosure there was one other job I had for about five minutes: sewing Elvis jumpsuits for a soft-toy manufacturer (please, DON’T ask). My education prepared me well for the working life: B.A. in Vocal Music, Davis & Elkins College; M.A. in Christian Education, (now) Union Presbyterian Seminary; and M. Div., San Francisco Theological Seminary. Jersey Girl born and bred, but after ten years, can I call myself a proud New Yorker now? I love creative activity, hanging out with Myrrhlyn (my rescue dog), attending rock concerts (Bruuuuuce!), and anything involving my kayak and/or salt water.