What makes us unique?

  • We are church with a congregational form of government. We are accountable to the members who elect us.
  • As congregants we are in covenant and community with each other. We have more, stronger, and closer social networks than most other nonprofit organizations.
  • We have specific organizational mandates based upon the bylaws of our denomination, the UFMCC. For example, The Senior Pastor has sole authority for the content and order of all worship services.
  • The Senior Pastor (CEO) is hired by the congregation through election and is vested with specific duties and authority – such as teacher, preacher, and spiritual leader – for which he/she is accountable directly to the congregation. This differs from most secular non-profit organizations where the Board of Directors hires the Chief Executive Officer who is accountable solely to the Board.
  • We have distinctive characteristics based on the large size of our congregation and the size to which our vision aspires.

Roles and Responsibilities

The roles and responsibilities of a Board of Directors in a Metropolitan Community Church are both similar and different in contrast to other business and nonprofit organizations as well as congregations affiliated with other denominations. The key similarities are mostly legal; churches are usually incorporated under provincial or state nonprofit corporation laws. Also, churches, like other charities, hold tax exempt status under national tax laws. The key differences in churches are shaped strongly by organizational culture. Congregational size, history, denominational affiliation, and form of church government often shape the differences.

Contact Us


Contact the Board of Directors with any thoughts, concerns, questions or ideas! Simply fill out the contact form below to send us a message. You can also reach us by email: BofD@mcctoronto.com

Senior Pastor Search

Later this year, the members in good standing of MCC Toronto will have an historic opportunity and responsibility to elect our new Senior Pastor.

Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes, our Senior Pastor since 1977, will officially retire following a moderate transition period with the new Senior Pastor elect.

Many of you have asked compelling questions about the search for our next Senior Pastor. Please review our new FAQ page and send us any questions that have not yet been answered.

An executive search phase has been taking place over the past months with targeted outreach to potential candidates to assess their interest and qualifications. The open-call application process closed on April 7 and we are thrilled to report that we received quite a few excellent applications for the Senior Pastor role. We are very encouraged by the diversity of the applicants: gender, orientation, location, within and outside MCC, very experienced and ready for the next step in leadership. Interviews will be conducted throughout the month of May.

As per the MCC Denomination’s policy, the Board will select one candidate who will be presented to the congregation’s members in good standing for a vote to confirm them as the new Senior Pastor Elect.

Upon confirmation, we will begin a transition period of 4-6 months where Brent will remain as the Senior Pastor working with the Senior Pastor Elect for a successful transition. This will conclude with a service of recognition and thanks to Brent which will be his official retirement date, and the following Sunday will be the installation of the new Senior Pastor.

Read more about MCC Toronto

FAQ Senior Pastor Job Description  

News from the MCC Toronto Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is in constant communication with the congregation about the business matters of the church. Our congregational updates, quarterly reports, financial budgets, and minutes from our Annual Congregational Business Meetings are all publicly available. Relevant documents from the past 12 months are shown below.

  • April 2017 Congregational Update Updates from our latest Board meeting on April 20, 2017
  • February 2017 Congregational Update Changes in membership of the Board... Senior Pastor Selection Update... Refugee Ministry strategic vision... 2016 Financial update
  • 2016 3rd Quarter Results We have seen several positive changes in the third quarter of 2016, summarized in our various strategic initiatives within.
  • October 2016 Congregational Update Senior Pastor Selection Update... Congregational support during trial... New MCC Interim Moderator selected... Community care Ministry project charter
  • 2016 2nd Quarter Results We've accomplished quite a bit in the second quarter of 2016. Details within.
  • July 2016 Congregational Update 2015 audited financial statements accepted... 2016 budget available on website... Cheryl Smith and Bentley Spring joins Board... 2016 Pride... Senior Pastor Selection Update... Congregational Survey results
  • Minutes of the 2016 Annual Congregational Business Meeting Chair: Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes, Moderator Minutes: Annabelle Menezes, Executive Assistant to Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes Item/Description 1. Call to Order – The Annual Congregational Business Meeting was called to order at 12NOON, at the conclusion of the 10:50AM worship service. Voting members were identified and a quorum was established. The ACBM was recessed until 12:45PM on the same day. ...
  • April 2016 Congregational Update 2016 Financial update... Refugee program update... Sam Morris recommended for ordination... Senior Pastor Selection Update
  • March 2016 Congregational Update Trial related statements... 2016 budget passed... Rainy Day Contingency Fund... Evolving roles on staff... Refugee program update... Governance committee updating several policies... Finance Committee Report re: 2015 budget... Senior Pastor Selection Update
  • 2016 Budget Simplified budget report.

Directors of the Board

The MCC Toronto 2017 Board of Directors

  • Anne Brayley Vice President, Philanthropic Services, Toronto Foundation Vice Moderator Secretary of the Corporation Member of the Executive Committee Member of the Governance committee
  • Lori Boyce AVP, Underwriting, Risk Management & Research/Development, Manulife
  • Andrew Fleming Managing Partner – Toronto Office, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada Board Member Chair of Fund Development Committee
  • Cheryl Smith CPA, CA, MBA, Partner at Monte-Lisi & Smith, Chartered Accountants
  • Joe Jamieson Deputy Registrar, Ontario College of Teachers
  • Bentley Springer Manager of IT Support Services, CARA Operations

About MCC Toronto

MCC Toronto, established in 1973, is a progressive spiritual community, rooted in Christianity and originally founded to serve the needs of the LGBT community. Today our congregation is diverse: our heterosexual community has grown significantly; over 30 ethnic backgrounds are represented; over 20 countries reported as a place of birth; more than 20 different languages are spoken and we are home to a wide range of faith backgrounds, including individuals with no previous Church history. An average of 600 people attend our three worship services every Sunday and many more from around the world view our live webcast.

For people facing life’s challenges, a wide range of programs and support groups are offered. MCC Toronto also offers classes, seminars, retreats and workshops for spiritual and personal growth. MCC Toronto’s mission is to build bridges with a vibrant spirituality that transforms lives and transforms the world. We believe in the core values of Spirituality, Diversity and Advocacy.

A continued focus of MCC Toronto is to increase the level of congregational engagement: congregants experience a sense of belonging; feel valued and share their talents, time and resources.

From its roots in Christianity MCC Toronto has expanded its mission into areas of social justice and community endeavours, the most important of which are the Triangle Programme, the Refugee Programme, the Community Care Ministry and advocacy for social causes such as AIDS, same-sex marriage and currently trans rights.

Our Vision. Mission, Core Values and Bedrock Beliefs

The Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto is Canada’s most progressive Christian church. We welcome all people to our spiritual community. Wherever you are on your journey of faith, at MCC Toronto, you are home.

We are a joyful spiritual community committed to being an inclusive, affirmative and caring church. All are welcome.

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Join us on Sundays for dynamic and vibrant worship services at 9:00 a.m., 10:50 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. More information is available on our main website at www.mcctoronto.com