Rev. Harry Knox, a past member of President Barack Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and director of the Human Rights Campaign’s Religion and Faith Program, has accepted the position of senior pastor of Houston’s Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church.
“Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church seeks to meet the pastoral needs of its members and to equip their spiritual growth so they can live into God’s calling to be the leading social justice congregation in Houston,” said Rev. Knox. “The call to become the senior pastor at Resurrection is a dream come true for me. My calling and passion are for equipping God’s people to do compassionate justice in Christ’s name.”
Rev. Knox has been featured on the BBC News, PBS, NBC, and CBS, as well as in national and local newspapers. He was the recipient of the 2000 Cordle Award for Promotion of God’s Diversity, and Lancaster Theological Seminary’s 2005 Robert V. Moss Medal for Excellence in Ministry.
Prior to his work with the Human Rights Campaign, Knox served as business manager for patient services and comprehensive school health programs for the American Cancer Society, Georgia Division; director of development at Equality Florida; executive director of Georgia Equality; and program director for Freedom to Marry.
A congregational vote by Resurrection MCC members was ratified October 24. Rev. Knox begins his new full-time ministry in Houston on January 1, 2011.
Founded in 1972, Resurrection MCC serves more than 850 members and friends, and is one of the largest congregations within the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, an LGBT-focused Christian denomination with churches in more than 35 countries. — Nancy Ford