Decor at the 2010 Love's Day Dinner and
Dance. Photo by Antonia Padilla.
MCC's Love's Day a Valentine
QSanAntonio.com, January 15, 2011
When the Metropolitan Community Church of San Antonio holds the annual
Love's Day Dinner and Dance this year, it will be following in a tradition
started years ago by now deceased activist Jim Isaman.
Isaman, who died in 2009, was the originator of the Love's Day tradition,
which in years past included a Valentine’s Day commitment ceremony
for same sex couples on the steps of the County Courthouse followed by
a dinner and dance. After his death, MCC took over the event and since
last year has hosted the event as its major fundraiser of the year. (See
related photos below.)
MCC Pastor Mick Hinson says that before his death Isaman expressed to
Santos Campos, his former partner and best friend, that he wanted the
banquet to continue as a fundraiser for the church.
Rev. Hinson told QSanAntonio that church leaders were eager to continue
the event. "MCC had lacked a signature fundraising event and the
Love’s Day Banquet is the perfect vehicle," he said.
Isaman, who died from complications from AIDS died on May 21, 2009, was
a fervent GLBT activist who was involved in over a dozen community groups
including the board of the building committee for the Esperanza Peace
and Justice Center. In 1999 he was awarded the Black Tie Dinner Community
Service Award by the Human Rights Campaign. (Click
here for obituary.)
Rev. Hinson says the event, scheduled for February 5, 2011, is scaled
back to just a dinner and dance for the MCC fundraiser. "Moving forward
we will expand the event to include more components. We just want to recall
Jim’s memory and fulfill his wish that this event continue after
The Metropolitan Community Church of San Antonio presents Love's Day
Dinner and Dance on February 5, 2011 at the Hilton Airport at 7 p.m. The
event includes a sit-down dinner immediately followed by dancing until
midnight. Tickets are $50 per person or a table for 10 is $500. A special
rate at the Hilton Airport has been negotiated for our guests wishing
to make overnight accommodations. For more information and tickets, call
Adam at 210-383-5432 or Mary Ann at 210-854-0234.
MCC hosts Loves Day
Photos by Antonia Padilla, QSanAntonio.com, February 13, 2009
On February 12, the Metropolitan Community Church of San Antonio held
their major fundraising event of the year, Loves Day Dinner and Dance,
at the Fountain Bleu Banquet Hall.
Photos -- Transgender
Day of Remembrance
Photos by Antonia Padilla, QSanAntonio.com, November 21, 2009
The Transgender Day of Remembrance was observed
on November 19 at the Metropolitan Community Church of San Antonio. This
is the most important event of the year for the transgender community
who celebrated the lives of those who have died because they were different.
Photos: (Top row) Special music was performed by Michelle Burnett. (Center
row) MCC Pastor Rev. Mick Hinson. (Bottom row) Lauryn Farris, President
of the San Antonio Gender Assn. and special guest speaker Christie Lee
Littleton-Van de Putte.
The land purchased by MCC is located at
127 Rainbow Drive near the corner of Austin Highway (Google Maps). Pictured
at the closing are (front row, clockwise) Jack Broaddus, Clerk of the
MCC Board; Marsha Warren, Treasurer; Pastor Mick Hinson; Rosamaria Moreno,
Vice Moderator of the Board; and real estate agent Joseph Garrett.
MCC purchases land for
new church complex
QSanAntonio.com, September 26, 2009
The Metropolitan Community Church of San Antonio this week signed the
final paperwork on a plot of land located at 127 Rainbow Drive that will
used to build a new church complex.
The plot, which is nearly two acres in size, is located between Eisenhauer
Road and Austin Highway and is approximately five miles northeast of MCC’s
present location on East Myrtle.
Established 30 years ago, MCC is one of San Antonio’s oldest GLBT
institutions. The move to a new location marks an important passage for
the church and will serve as a prevaling theme during the church's 30th
anniversary celebration on October 25.
"It is our intention to construct a worship area that will be handicap
accessible and comfortably seat 450 to 750 people with a facility that
will enhance the current and future ministries of the church," said
MCC Pastor Mick Hinson.
Hinson told QSanAntonio that he envisions a
tall church spire which could be seen from Austin Highway and which would
beckon worshipers to the new facility. He added that now that the land
is purchased, fundraising would begin for buildings and infrastructure
for the site.
MCC to initiate Sunday
services in Spanish
QSanAntonio.com, February 6, 2009
The Metropolitan Community Church of San Antonio will begin offering a
regular Sunday service in Spanish at 3 p.m. on May 31. Rev. Mick Hinson,
pastor of the church, told QSanAntonio that the congregation has identified
a need to minister to a growing number of Spanish-speaking worshippers.
"We have recognized a need for this type of service within our GLBT
community from conversations with those who come to our other services
who are almost totally Spanish-speaking," says Rev. Hinson. "Oftentimes
couples will come to worship with us where one of the two only speaks
Spanish. While they are able to enjoy portions of our Sunday morning service,
we feel this population needs and deserves more."
San Antonio’s demographics show that the city’s Hispanic population
represents about 65 percent all residents and growing. MCC’s growth
of Spanish-speaking worshippers is an example of how the growth of Hispanic
population is affecting institutions within the GLBT community.
The church currently offers weekly services on Saturdays at 7 p.m. and
on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. The Spanish services would add a third weekly
Rev. Hinson says that speakers from the church’s Pastoral Care and
Shepherding teams will conduct the Spanish services. Additional speakers
will come from other areas of MCC’s ministry.
MCC is one of San Antonio’s oldest GLBT institutions. After 29 years
in San Antonio, the church remains a vital entity and a central partner
to organizations, religious and otherwise, throughout the GLBT community.
Pastor Hinson also told QSanAntonio that the church is looking for a larger
building. He said that the congregation would like to stay in the Tobin
Rev. Elder Troy Perry presides over the Communion service
at Rev. Mick Hinson’s installation at MCC S.A. Rev. Elder Darleen
Gardner presided over the ceremony. Rev. Illene Dunne, pastor of the Madison
Square Presbyterian Church, participated in the installation service.
Rev Mick Hinson, standing next to his son Dexter, receives
the Gifts of Ministry from the Pastoral Search Team. These items were
his robe, stole, Bible, Communion ware, water, oil, denominational and
local by-laws and the keys to the church. Clergy participating in the
installation ceremony stand with Rev. Hinson at the front of the sanctuary
in preparation for the Communion service.
MCC installs Rev. Mick Hinson
QSanAntonio, November 4, 2007
The Metropolitan Community Church of San Antonio officially installed
Rev. Mick Hinson as their new pastor in a ceremony held at the church
on November 3. The service was officiated by Rev. Elder Darlene Gardner,
MCC’s Region 6 Elder. MCC founder, the Rev. Elder Troy Perry, also
participated in the cermony. Rev. Hinson is the fourth pastor in MCC S.A.’s
28-year history. The church remains a vital entity and a central partner
to organizations, religious and otherwise, throughout San Antonio’s
The San Antonio Metropolitan Community
Church's new pastor Rev. Mick Hinson was most recently the pastor of MCC
Charlotte, North Carolina. He and his partner, Gene Hinson (left in photo)
have two adopted children.
MCC S.A. welcomes Rev.
Mick Hinson as their new pastor
QSanAntonio, March 10, 2007
Parishioners at the Metropolitan Community Church of San Antonio officially
welcomed their new pastor, Rev. Mick Hinson, with a special celebration
following his first service at the church on Sunday, March 11. Hinson
comes to San Antonio after spending 8 years at the MCC Church in Charlotte,
The congregation also got a chance to meet Hinson’s family that
includes Gene Hinson, his partner of 14 years, their 9-year-old son Dexter
and their 4-year-old daughter Kheeda. Rev Hinson and his family arrived
in San Antonio in late February and have been busy unpacking, settling
into their home on the Northwest side and getting the kids into school.
"I feel and believe that God wants us in San Antonio," says
Hinson. "We are so excited about being here, meeting new people,
and doing ministry in new ways! The positive energy is so crisp and vibrant
it is amazing to watch God work in it."
Hinson is a native of Alabama. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Huntingdon
College in Alabama and a Masters of Divinity from Duke Divinity School.
He completed his Residency year at the Advanced Level in Clinical Pastoral
Education at Duke University Medical Center and received the P. Wesley
Aitken Pastoral Care Award for Excellence in Pastoral Care.
According to his biography on the Charlotte MCC Web site, in 1985, during
his days in the seminary, Hinson, then married to a wife of two years,
came out as a gay man. He discovered MCC and it became a place for him
to "ask the vital questions and to understand God in a new and amazing
way." Hinson, then a member of the United Methodist Church, began
the process of becoming clergy within the MCC.
In 1987, Hinson founded and was pastor of MCC Augusta, Georgia for two
years. This was followed by two years of training at St. Mary's MCC in
Greensboro, North Carolina. Then he was pastor of MCC Greenville, South
Carolina for six years. In July 1998, he became pastor of MCC Charlotte
where during his tenure the church purchased a new facility and membership
increased from 150 to over 250.
In an interview with QNotes, a North Carolina GLBT publication, Hinson
says that the time he spent in Charlotte was rewarding but that both he
and his partner Gene felt it was time to make a change. "I had been
doing some praying and I felt I had done what I could do here, so I asked
God to tell me if I should move on" he told QNotes. "Just as
I am going on to MCC San Antonio, I know that God has someone special
for Charlotte. That church helped me grow as an individual. It’s
been a wonderful gift."
Hinson's first sermon in San Antonio had the theme of ‘New Beginnings.’
"Just as I know God was in the process of bringing my family and
me to San Antonio, I know that God is in the process of making all things
new," he says. "New beginnings! Yes! I invite everyone to come
to MCC San Antonio and witness the mighty, awesome, wonderful, and phenomenal
blessings that only Jesus can give."