Rev. Rebecca Voelkel Faith Work Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Rev. Rebecca Voelkel, an ordained minister in the United Church of
Christ, is the Institute for Welcoming Resources and Faith Work
Director for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Before coming to
the Task Force, she served as Interim National Coordinator for the
United Church of Christ Coalition for LGBT Concerns, as pastor of
Spirit of the Lakes United Church of Christ and as Program Staff for
the Center for the Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence.

Rev. Voelkel is the author of Preventing Sexual Abuse: A Course of
Study for Teenagers (Pilgrim Press, 1996) as well as numerous articles
and sermons which have appeared in such journals as Spirit Currents,
The Journal of Religion and Abuse, Creating Change and Parenting for
Peace and Justice. She is a faith-based community organizing trainer
as well as workshop presenter on a wide variety of faith-based justice
issues. She is a graduate of Earlham College and Yale Divinity School
and is currently working towards a Doctor of Ministry at United
Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.

Rev. Voelkel is a theologian, pastor and organizer and has devoted her
life’s ministry to following Jesus’ command to minister in partnership
with “the least of these,” ones whom society has deemed outcast,
unclean or unworthy. This commitment constantly challenges her to
ground her thinking and her acting in real-life situations that make
real-life differences.

As a way to balance her spiritual life, Rebecca is also a runner,
hiker, biker and avid community-builder, spending time with friends
and family as often as she can. She and her partner, Maggie, are
parents of Shannon MacKenzie, their one year-old daughter.