Board of Directors Biographies Staff Biographies
Board of Directors Biographies
Steve Barchers has been an activist in the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered community for more than 10 years. He has served many organizations including Maryland's Free State Justice Campaign, the Gay & Lesbian Association of Silver Spring, Maryland (G.L.A.S.S.), Gay & Lesbian Interests Consortium of Montgomery County, Maryland (GLIC), and the Capital Area Log Cabin Club of Washington, D.C.
Over the past couple of years, Steve has been active with Soulforce, Inc., an organization led by the Rev. Dr. Mel White. Steve worked with Soulforce at its Lynchburg 200 dialogue with members of Jerry Falwell's church in October 1999, as well as its direct action in Washington, D.C. in November 2000 for the meeting of the National Council of Catholic Bishops. He served as a Soulforce representative doing volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity and area Christian churches in building housing in October 2000 in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Also a scholar, Steve studied advanced hands-on non-violent civil disobedience in the manner of Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. during the Soulforce University and Advanced Training in Non-Violent Civil Disobedience during a direct action at the United Methodist Church General Conference 2000 in Cleveland, Ohio, May 5-12, 2000. He will be attending the "Soulforce Institute for Nonviolent Change" and "24 Hours of Justice" in St. Louis, Missouri, during the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting, June 7-11, 2002.
Steve has years of sales, marketing, and public relations experience, including work as independent consultant with 7-Eleven, RID, Vitro, T.H.E., NNMC, NOAA, and Smith Company. Steve is a graduate of the University of Maryland's University College.
In 1997, Steve moved to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. He lives near Winchester, Virginia with his life partner. Steve Barchers has been a member of the Chi Rho Press Board of Directors since 1996. He is a member of the Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, D.C.
Martha Daniels is Pastor of MCC-Windsor, Ontario, Canada. She earned
her Master of Library Science degree from the University of Maryland, and her
Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary. Martha worked as an
information specialist with several corporations in the Washington, DC
area before she began her ministry in the United Methodist church. She served in
several capacities as a layperson, and as associate pastor and sole
pastor before transferring to the UFMCC. Her special interests are in the areas
of liturgy, theology, and exegesis, particularly in the interplay between the
three. She has also done a study of Christian theology after the Holocaust, and
the ways in which Christian exegesis has created and reinforced institutional
anti-Semitism. Currently she is studying body theology and sexuality. She and
her partner, Diane, recently celebrated their Holy Union.
R. Adam DeBaugh
R. Adam DeBaugh has served the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches for over 25 years. He first started attending the Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, D.C., in 1973. He had served as director of the Center for the Study of Power and Peace, an inter-religiously funded international affairs research center in the early 1970s. Then Adam was Administrative Assistant to Congressman Bob Edgar (D. PA) from January until June, 1975. (Dr. Edgar, a Methodist minister, is now head of the National Council of Churches.)
At the end of June, 1975, Adam and the Rev. Roy Birchard started the UFMCC Washington Field Office on Capitol Hill, becoming Director in 1976. As head of the Washington Field Office he was the first person to lobby the United States Congress full time for Gay and Lesbian civil rights.
He served on the Board of Directors of the Gay Rights National Lobby for its entire existence and hosted GRNL staff in the UFMCC Washington Office for the first few years.
In late 1975 he was named Director of the UFMCC Department of Christian Social Action, which position he held until 1986. As Director of Christian Social Action and of the Washington Office he traveled extensively throughout the UFMCC, visiting, speaking, and preaching at over 100 churches throughout the U.S., and supervised the Christian Social Action programs of the denomination.
In 1979 he and the Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson were named the first co-directors of the new Department of Ecumenical Relations and in 1981 Adam wrote the UFMCC's original application for membership in the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S. With Elder Wilson he supervised the first triennium of dialogue with the NCCC through 1984, when he stepped down from the ecumenical work of the Fellowship.
In October, 1983, he was elected District Coordinator of the Mid-Atlantic District, only the second lay person to hold the position of District Coordinator in the UFMCC. (In the UFMCC, the District Coordinator is somewhat analogous to a Bishop in other church polities, having
episcopal, pastoral and administrative responsibilities. The Mid-Atlantic District covered six states and the District of Columbia.) He served on the UFMCC General Council (the governing body of the denomination) from its inception in 1985 until his retirement as District Coordinator in June 1992.
In 1990 the Mid-Atlantic District Committee, recognizing Mr. DeBaugh's gifts in the areas of writing, editing, and publishing, granted his application for Special Work status for Chi Rho Press, a Gay and Lesbian Christian publishing house. He decided not to stand for re-election as District Coordinator when his term expired in June 1992, in order to follow God's clear call on his life to devote his energies to the ministry of Chi Rho Press.
A committed lay person, Adam DeBaugh is an accomplished writer, speaker, workshop leader, and preacher. He served on the Board of Directors of the Washington Blade newspaper in the early 1970's, and on the Board of Directors of Emmaus House of Prayer, another Special Work of the Mid-Atlantic District. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the Fund for Overcoming Racism, a scholarship fund for people of color who are studying for the UFMCC clergy ministry. He was a member of the board of directors of Among Friends, Inc., a non-profit Washington area agency that provides transitional services to Gay and Lesbian people in crisis.
He has written a number of booklets, including
Writing to Congress and
The Least of These: A Christian Social Action Bible Study on Matthew 25, which are currently distributed by Chi Rho Press. He is a contributor to the books The Road to Emmaus and Positively Gay. Currently an active member of Holy Redeemer MCC, College Park, Maryland, he is single and lives in Montgomery Village, Maryland.
The Rev. Clay Witt
The Rev. Clay Witt is originally from eastern Tennessee, where he grew up and received his initial education, graduating from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1966. After six years in the military and two years of private practice in California, he came to Washington,
DC, in 1976 to accept employment as an attorney with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
He retired from that position at the end of October 2005, with 35 years of total
Federal service, and now resides in Florida.
Clay has a long line of ancestors who were Baptist ministers, but he grew up in
the Methodist faith. He was active in the Protestant chapel program as a layman
while serving with the armed forces and later experienced worshiping with Roman
Catholic congregations in the 1980s as he searched for the permanent church home
he eventually found in the Metropolitan Community Churches. He entered Wesley
Theological Seminary, Washington, DC, in 1991 when he felt God calling him to
ministry. He graduated from Wesley and was ordained in Metropolitan Community
Churches in 1996.
Following his graduation from Wesley, Clay was active as a Pastoral Assistant at MCC of Washington, DC
(MCCDC). In that capacity, he helped with the Christian education program and many other areas of church life. He was appointed as a Parish Extension Coordinator in 1998 and helped to establish an
MCCDC parish extension in suburban Maryland. He served as the pastor of
that parish extension (Holy Redeemer MCC in College Park) until 1993. He
is once more serving as a Pastoral Assistant at MCCDC, with an emphasis on
internet ministry. Activities include maintenance and design work for
MCCDC's main website; writing weekly reflections for "Soul Food for the Week's
Journey" for Soul Food Ministry,
an MCCDC internet ministry; and now web maintenance and design work for Chi Rho
Clay's passion is helping to bring more and more people to the firm knowledge
that they are God's beloved children and he sees internet ministries as an
exciting medium for carrying that message to people everywhere.