We are made of people from a variety of life experiences, religious backgrounds and practices. We are interested in being spiritually fed, appreciating what we have and who we are, and recovering from the daily grind. Many of us have artistic inclinations and enjoy exploring them together. We are queer and straight-friendly.
No matter where you are in your spiritual journey, you are welcome to come, and have a Not So Churchy Experience.
Who leads us?
Our Founding Pastor, the Rev. Mieke Vandersall, began Not So Churchy in 2011 while working as the Executive Director of Parity. She comes to Not So Churchy with nearly 20 years working for LGBTQ people of faith in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) through community building and organizing, fundraising, and directorial leadership.
In addition to leading Not So Churchy, she is a fundraising consultant for faith-based non-profits and congregations. She is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. Read more about what she is up to in the world.
Mieke works with a Leadership Team who help to guide the work and life of the community, as well as a core group of musicians: Paul Vasile, Ike Sturm, Chanda Rule, and Jacob Slichter. Each time we gather we also have a song leader.
Our intern is Marranda Major. We share Marranda with Trinity Lower East Side Lutheran Parish. Her work is to serve as a bridge between the congregations as well as to organize a series of service projects with LGBTQ service organizations, and to lead a theology study group on queer theology. Marranda is a student at Union Theological Seminary. Marranda comes to the city after spending two years with the Presbyterian Young Adult Volunteer program in Belfast, Northern Ireland and Washington, D.C.
This tremendous group of musicians and leadership work together to create each gathering. We nurture and create a collectively creative space.