Rev. Elder Jeri Ann Harvey, Founders MCC Senior Pastor (1978 – 1985)

Reverend Elder Jeri Ann Harvey,
one of Founders MCCLA’s former Senior Pastors


Reverend Elder Jeri Ann Harvey


The Rev. Nancy L. Wilson
Office of the Moderator
Metropolitan Community Churches

May 28, 2008

There was never any mistaking that voice, or the Bible raised high above her head, or the joy, passion and energy of her preaching – sometimes with such intensity that the perspiration would roll down her face and arms. Hers was the kind of soul-searing conviction that brings you right up out of your seat; it could also be the sweet, gentle story that soothed and comforted. There was that hearty, unmistakable laughter. And the way she said “Jesus.”

Rev. Elder Jeri Ann Harvey was many things to many people – Pastor, Healer, Friend, Sister, Lover, Mother, Elder. She defined “butch” for many in her generation. She broke down barriers of gender and race. She was the first woman pastor of Founders MCC Los Angeles; she was the first Native American MCC Elder.

Her prayers were “effectual” in a deep, Biblical way. In a more frail state, more recently at the General Conference in Calgary in 2005, 500 people crammed into an upper room, and even when you could not hear her weak voice that night, you could feel her presence, the healing presence of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit. To be around her was to expect miracles, and to receive them. Even her presence was healing.

I have so many memories of Jeri Ann – serving with her on the Board of Elders, hearing her preach and pray, laughing with her late at night after a long meeting.

Jeri Ann loved. She loved women and men; she loved kids and puppies. She loved the freedom and the power of the Gospel of Jesus that she shared on so many continents through MCC. She loved good music, religious music. She loved a good story. She loved our MCC churches, members and pastors, in small or larger churches. She prayed with them, wept with them. She traveled all over the world; she wore herself out sometimes. She gave until it hurt, many times.

Her life and ministry became our history.

She confronted the Ku Klux Klan in Texas.

She battled for civil rights in California.

And like so many of us in the 80′s and 90′s she did too many funerals. She buried too many friends — from HIV/AIDS, from breast cancer, from all the things that take too many too soon.

Jeri Ann Harvey preached hope and she lived hope. She endured a lot; she suffered and struggled a lot. Through it all, she was a fighter and a lover and an icon for many.

She loved Rev. Elder Gillian Storey, and was full of romance and playful friendship, right up to the end. We thank you, Gill, for loving and caring for Jeri Ann with joy and faithfulness.

May her memory be a blessing for all. May perpetual light shine upon her. May all that she was and offered be remembered and bear much fruit, in Jesus’ name.

Grace and peace,


The Rev. Nancy L. Wilson
Metropolitan Community Churches

by The Rev. Dr. Troy D. Perry
MCC Founder and Moderator Emeritus
The young woman literally pushed her way between us.

It was MCC’s 1974 General Conference in San Francisco; I was talking with an MCCer when the young woman stepped in between us, flashed a smile, and said, “Let a real butch belly up to the bar.”

That’s how I first met Jeri Ann Harvey – and she’s been making an impression on me, and thousands of others, ever since.

From that first moment, I felt a deep connection with Jeri Ann. We soon became colleagues; we quickly became the best of friends.

I am saddened that I will not see Jeri Ann again in this life, but there is a reunion that is yet to come in which we will again be reunited.

I know today that Jeri Ann Harvey rests in the arms of a loving God and that she will be there to greet us again some day, just inside the Eastern Gate.

In Christ,

The Rev. Troy D. Perry
Founder and Moderator Emeritus
Metropolitan Community Churches

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Reverend Elder Jeri Ann Harvey Scholarship Fund
Florida Center for Theological Studies
The denomination of Metropolitan Community Churches has established the Reverend Elder Jeri Ann Harvey Scholarship Fund at Florida Center for Theological Studies.
The Florida Center for Theological Studies is an interdenominational Christian seminary with physical campuses in both South and Central Florida, and a Global Online Campus that allows students to see, hear and talk to their professors from any location.

Gifts in memory of Jeri Ann Harvey may be made to the Reverend Elder Jeri Ann Harvey Scholarship Fund by sending your donation to:

Metropolitan Community Churches
PO Box 1374
Abilene, Texas 79604

Please make checks to “Metropolitan Community Churches” with a note on the memo line for the Harvey Scholarship Fund.

For more information about the scholarship fund, contact Rev. Elder Jim Mitulski at or Rev. Robert Griffin