Rev. Paul Whiting has served MCC congregations since 1987 in three countries, most recently in London, Ontario, Canada; West Palm Beach, Florida; Gainesville, Florida; Des Moines, Iowa and Manchester, England. He first joined MCC in 1984 working with Rev. Hong Tan in the newly started MCC North London. He also serves as MCC’s Mountains and Plains Network Leader, and was previously MCC’s Canadian Network Leader. In Canada, he volunteered with the Cross Cultural Centre assisting refugees and newcomers to assimilate to life in Canada. Previous volunteer work includes directorships of Manchester Lesbian & Gay Centre, and Healthy Gay Manchester, an HIV education program. From 1985 to 1992 he served on the Board of the European Forum for Gay and Lesbian Christians Groups, often working in Paris, France and Utrecht, Holland. He served on the board of New Directions, Canada; Lesbian & Gay Christian Movement UK, and was a founding board member of the Evangelical Fellowship, a support group for lesbian and gay Evangelicals in England. Education Background Rev. Whiting holds a B.A. in Biblical & Pastoral Theology from Mattersey Hall, England and for four years served as a pastor with Assemblies of God in Great Britain. He held a license with the Institute of Financial Accountants following studies at City of Birmingham University UK, and has done post graduate work with University of Manchester and Samaritan Institute for Religious Studies. He has an ongoing interest in retreat work and since 2013 has done a number of retreats with Parker Palmer’s Courage & Renewal programs. Personal Background He met his partner Karl in 2004 and they have been legally married since 2007. His claim to fame is to have had breakfast with Jimmy Somerville (Bronski Beat & Communards) and danced with Boy George. He is the co-administrator of a FB page for French artist Fanch Ledan. He is author of the book “Sacred Journeys” (2004) and is currently researching (and enjoying) gay and lesbian poets from the 19th and early 20th centuries.