The Upstairs Lounge Fire


New MCC Pastor Brings New Era

Pannell to Be New Pastor

The Rev. Ronald T. Pannell will be installed as the new pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church of New Orleans, 19343 Burgundy St., in services Sunday at 11 a.m.

The Rev. Mr. Pannell, 31, has been a member of the denomination, founded in October of 1968 by the Rev. Elder Troy D. Perry, for six years and comes to New Orleans from the Metropolitan Community Church of San Francisco, Calif.

Serving as installing officer will be the Rev. Richard Vincent, former interim pastor of the local church with the Rev. Shawn Farrell, South-Central District coordinator, assisting. A luncheon will be served following the service.

Metropolitan Community

Metropolitan Community Church of New Orleans will conduct a series of Spiritual Renewal worship services Wednesday through Jan. 22, according to the Rev. Ronald T. Pannell, Pastor.

The worship services, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. daily, with the exception of Jan. 21, will be conducted by the National Evangelistic Team of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, a non-denominational Christian body with a primary outreach to the “gay community.”

Informative workshops will be held at noon Jan. 21 on “Homosexuality and the Bible,” “Stewardship,” “Outreach,” and “Church Structure and Goals.”

The special ministry team consists of the Rev. Ronald Anderson, an ordained evangelist formerly of another religious body, along with A.A. Allen, Leroy Jenkins, Ms. Annette Beall, and Ms. Jeanne Leggett.

Additional information may be obtained by calling the church at 945-5476.

A new permanent pastor at MCC, Ron Pannell, arrives two years after the fire to bring renewed energy to the community.
Source: The Times-Picayune, September 18, 1976 & January 14, 1978
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