Marcus was born and raised in Peoria, Illinois and currently resides in Chicago, where they attend Meadville Lombard Theological School. They were raised and ordained as a Jehovah’s Witness at a young age, entering into Deaf Missionary work at the age of 15. At the age of 19 Marcus was outed as a queer person to their congregation and kicked out of their home and faith community. Having not lost their call to institutional ministry, they bring their gifts, passion and commitment to the growth and stewardship of our Unitarian Universalist faith.
After getting back on their feet, Marcus found a new mission in their life and ministry in fighting for and supporting the LGBTQIA community, so no one would have to endure the same experiences they had gone through. In their work with the community, Marcus came across the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington-Normal and became an active participant for two years. Upon moving back to Peoria, they joined the Universalist Unitarian Church of Peoria, IL, as an active member and church delegate.
Marcus is thrilled to be able to support the Office of the President in the management of key institutional initiatives and priorities of the Frederick-Gray Administration, across UUA departments. This will include bringing their insight from their time as the Project Manager of the Commission on Institutional Change (CoIC), the implementation of its recommendations, addressing racism and white supremacy in our faith. As well as, project management for the Article II Study Commission, launched at the Virtual General Assembly 2020.
While Marcus has found their new faith home in UUism, with principles and sources that speak to their theology, racial and class tensions had not been apart of their religious experience until joining a UU congregation. It is their hope to continue the good works of the CoIC, to make a true difference in moving our faith to live into our principles more fully. Marcus brings to the Office of the President, project management experience from public housing and community organizing, as well as, a boards and commissions background in government and the nonprofit sector.