Go to Navigation Menu
 About Us  Donate 

United Church of Christ to Ordain Black Transgender Minister


Please join us in celebrating the ordination of Louis James Irving Mitchell!

Sunday, September 23, 2018

South Congregational Church
45 Maple St, Springfield, MA 01105

Hampden Association
Massachusetts Conference
United Church of Christ

Transfaith's executive director, Louis Mitchell, is being ordained into Christian Ministry. While Transfaith seeks to serve transgender communities of all spiritual, philosophical, and energetic traditions, Louis himself is a Christian.

Mr Mitchell has spent years in preparation for this moment, including studies at Andover Newton Theological School (Newton MA) and Lexington Theological School (Lexington KY), as well as pastoral service at South Congregational Church (Springfield MA) and Recovering the Promise Ministries (Springfield/Chicopee MA). He has previously been a member of City of Refuge UCC (Oakland CA) and Old First Church (Springfield MA). He served as East Coast Regional Minister for the TransSaints ministry of Fellowship of Affirming Ministries (TFAM). He is a founding member of TransSaints, UCC GenderFold Action Alliance (now defunct), and Trans Still Speaking in the UCC.

Mr Mitchell is one of the few candidates and the first in the Hampden Association being ordained under the UCC's new Marks of Faithful & Effective Authorized Ministers (aka "Marks of Ministry"). 

Mr Mitchell expresses his thanks for clergy mentors through the years of his preparation, including Bishop Yvette A. Flunder, Presiding Prelate of the Fellowship of Affirming Ministries; the Rev. Thomas A. Gough, former Pastor of Old First Congregational Church; the Rev. Charla Kuoadio, Co-founder of Recovering the Promise Ministries; the Rev. Dr. Irene Monroe; the Rev. Kelly Gallagher; the Rev. Kathy Burbank Cunliffe; and the Rev. Marisa Brown Ludwig. In addition, he is grateful for a host of other family, friends, and ministry partners for praying, pushing, pulling, and carrying him through this journey.

Louis Mitchell is the co-founder of Transfaith and was appointed Executive Director in January 2018. Transfaith is one of four covenant partners supporting his ordination.

Donations to Transfaith in honor of the (soon to be) Rev. Louis Mitchell can be made through Paypal, Stripe, or check (mailed to Transfaith, 6757 Greene St, Suite 200, Philadephia, PA 19119).


On the Move

Our executive director, Rev Louis Mitchell, reflects on World AIDS Day: Memories, Joy, and Pain.

Transfaith board member, Yadi Martinez, was interviewed on Wednesday about how gendered expectations impact young people

Join us for this annual transgender-led, transgender-centered Shabbat observance at the Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference. D'var Torah offered by Enzi Tanner.

In the News

Upasika tree (aka Cleis Abeni) explains Dharma Day while remembering the blessed life of a young Buddhist named Alphy who was killed in 1999.

Mariette Pathy Allen's 2017 photobook highlights the lived experiences of T/GNC spirit mediums in Thailand and Burma

"It really felt like [the Episcopal Church] had our back!" TransEpiscopal marks a historic year at the 2018 General Convention of the Episcopal Church.