Rev. Rick Sosbe, Moderator
Rick was born in Kokomo Indiana. He moved to Florida in 1990 to attend Southeastern University where he received his BA with a major in Church Ministries (Pastoral Concentration) and a minor in Music. Upon graduation from college Rev. Rick was ordained in the Assemblies of God where he served as Associate Pastor/Minister of Music and then Senior Pastor. Once coming to terms with his sexuality and realizing that being gay was exactly how God created him, Rev. Sosbe left the Assemblies of God and discovered Metropolitan Community Churches. He remembers his first time attending an MCC and said he felt he had finally “come home.”
Soon after finding MCC, Rev. Rick was asked to serve as Interim Pastor at Rainbow Promise MCC in Lakeland FL where he began the process of transferring his ordination to Metropolitan Community Churches. He became Associate Pastor at Church of the Trinity MCC in Sarasota where he finished the transfer process into MCC under the supervision of Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson. Rev. Sosbe was ordained as an MCC pastor in 2004. Rev. Sosbe founded Celebration MCC (Naples FL) and served as their Senior Pastor until 2010. Rev. Sosbe has also served as the Senior Pastor at MCC New Orleans and as the Interim Pastor at Holy Cross MCC (Pensacola FL).
In addition to his ministry work, Rev. Sosbe has developed strong administrative/business skills as an Assistant Manager at a hotel, the former owner of a cleaning business and a former real estate agent. He and his spouse Michael Rhen have been together since December 2007. They are the proud parents of Polly, a Jack Russell Terrier whom they adopted from a rescue organization.
David Brown, Vice Moderator
David Brown has currently served on the MCCOOR Board of Directors since October 2014 and previously served two 3-year terms on the Board of Directors. David was legally married to his partner John in LaPlata, Maryland 1 year ago in January 2014 and has been happily partnered with John for 34 years (1980). David is a native Tennessean. He, John and Jacob (Black Lab furry four legged family member) have lived in Augusta since 1980.
As an active member of MCCOOR since 2000 David has served in various capacities to include Chair of the Outreach Ministry Team; member of the Stewardship Team; and is a longstanding member of the Building and Grounds Team and MCCOOR Choir. He has represented MCCOOR on Community Boards such as the Ryan White Consortium and World AIDS Day Committees and has been involved in annual MCCOOR sponsored events such as World AIDS Day Services; Food Drives for the Downtown Cooperative Church Ministries; Pet Food Drives for local animal rescue groups; School Supply collection drives; Church Yard Sales; Annual Church Clean-up days; Augusta Pride support; Annual Blessing of the Animals services; Stained Glass Windows Restoration Project; annual Adopt-a-Nursing Home Christmas gift and social (6 years); and numerous other church related outreach and social justice projects.
David works at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center as their Emergency Preparedness Coordinator since January 2005. Prior to this he served as the Emergency Operations Officer in the Bioterrorism Office of the East Central Health District VI, Public Health. He is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) with the State of Georgia and has achieved the CEM designation through the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM). David has served as Disaster Services Director of the Local Chapter of the American Red Cross and deployed to New York following 9/11 as a responder for the Red Cross. He has served as Deputy Emergency Manager for the City of Augusta-Richmond County, GA.
Susan Charron, Clerk
Susan Charron is an LPN at Augusta University Hospital. She has faithfully served two other MCCs in Florida as Eucharistic Minister, Deacon and Board Clerk. She has a passion for ministry and is the co-chair of our Congregational Care Team. She is also a member of our choir.
David Jay, Member at Large
David Jay brings apartment management experience to the table. He is a dedicated member of our choir as well. David was raised in the Southern Baptist tradition where his father served as pastor.
Happy Dillard, Member at Large
Happy Dillard has been a member of our church for a number of years. She is a retired Pharmacist and brings pharmacy management experience to the board of directors.
James Vance, Member at Large
James was born and raised in Winchester, VA where he attended a Pentecostal Church. He retired from the United States Army after 20 years of active duty service and currently works as the clinical instructor for the department of radiology at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Fort Gordon GA. James has a Bachelor’s Degree is Resource and Technology Management from Troy University. He has been a member of MCC of Our Redeemer since January 2012. James has been with the love of his life, Kyle, for three years. They have two dogs, Buddy and Chip. James enjoys spending quality time with friends as well as making his home comfortable and nice to look at!
Lisa Mitchum, Member at Large
Lisa’s previous church leadership includes service as church treasurer, school director, youth director, lead pianist, lead organist, various committee work and teacher (youth and adult) over the past thirty years. She is married to Nancy Mitchum Thompson. She has a BS in Secondary Education (primary focus in History with a concentration in Social Studies) from the University of South Carolina at Aiken, as well as an MBA from Georgia Regents University. She is currently a certified Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). Some of her hobbies include singing, playing piano/guitar, reading, hiking, traveling and spending time with friends and family.