Rev. Roland Stringfellow

Rev. Roland Stringfellow

Director of Ministerial Outreach
Coordinator, African American Roundtable

Rev. Roland Stringfellow earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and a Master of Science degree in Counseling from Indiana University.  He later earned a Master of Arts degree in Ministry from Grace Theological Seminary and in 1990 became a licensed minister in the Baptist Church.  In 2005, Roland was ordained with the Metropolitan Community Church and in 2006 he earned his Master of Divinity from the Pacific School of Religion with a certificate in Religion and Sexuality.  In 2011, Roland became licensed with the United Church of Christ and The Fellowship churches, a predominately African-American denomination with an outreach to LGBT individuals.  He has worked as a pastor in Indiana and California.  In addition to all his work within church contexts, Roland also worked in the field of education in a variety of capacities – teacher, guidance counselor, college advisor, and vice-principal.

Currently Rev. Stringfellow is continuing his work in creating dialogs on the topic of LGBT equality with church congregations and in religious institutions in his role as the Director of Ministerial Outreach with the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry on the campus of Pacific School of Religion.  He has conducted multiple workshops on the topics of race, religion, class, and sexuality.  He has been consulted by media outlets regarding his work on marriage equality and the role people of color and communities of faith play in this local, state and national debate.  Through his work with the Coalition of Welcoming Congregations of the Bay Area, Roland has designed and hosted conferences educating faith communities on the issues facing LGBT Seniors, LGBTQ Youth and the best practices of welcoming LGBT individuals and families into congregations.

In 2010, Roland began working with the Los Angeles based “California Faith for Equality” as the Director of their African-American faith community outreach (the “Umoja Project”) working with pastors and lay leaders in the Black church to provide pastoral care for gay and lesbian members of their congregations. In June 2011, Rev. Stringfellow was elected with the most number of votes to become a Grand Marshal in the San Francisco Pride Parade.  In 2012, he has expanded his outreach by having several articles published in the Huffington Post and is listed as a contributing writer with the Black Funk / Sacred Sexualities website.

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