Rev. Rick Sosbe, Senior Pastor
Rev. Rick Sosbe 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.
Marc Trimm, Music Coordinator
From a very young age, Marc Trimm has had a heart and passion for music, and was exposed to various styles of worship from a Pentecostal flavor to the emergence of the modern praise movement. He has used his gift of music to lead others into the presence of God via conferences, small groups, television audiences, nursing home residences and even his own congregants as a Senior Pastor. Marc’s prayer is that you will receive a fresh perspective of God’s love for your life through the music ministry here at MCC.
James Brooks, Pianist
James played trumpet while in school as well as sang in various choirs. He played for piano for an MCC in Columbia during 1988-1989. James says, “My love for piano has always been strong since I was 17, when I first picked up music lessons at my Grandma’s piano in Tazwell, Virginia during the summers. I’m so thankful to be with MCC. It’s been a tremendously enriching experience, the people, the worship, and the wonderful music that comes from joining a great group of people.”
Jennifer Rahner, Administrative Assistant
Jenn moved to Augusta from the greater Northeast in 2008 and came to MCCOR in 2016. She also owns her own small contracting business, works as a Software Support Technician and Documentation Specialist full-time, and is working toward her Bachelor’s degree part-time. Jenn leads PFLAG meetings at the church the 2nd Wednesday of each month in cooperation with PFLAG Aiken.
When she has spare time, it is spent with her husband, Sean, and step-daughter, Kyla. She loves learning, reading, cooking, mountain biking, and travel. Sam and Jack, two male tabby cats, tolerate her, and let her family stay in their West Augusta home.
Vera DeVito, Treasurer
Vera had no previous church affiliation until finding MCC in Chicago in 1996. Upon moving to the Augusta area, she was pleased to find MCC of Our Redeemer and became an official member in 1998. Vera studied accounting in college which helped her in becoming treasurer at our church. She has served as treasurer for approximately 12 years. She enjoys singing in the choir and has been a member of our choir since its inception. At home Vera enjoys gardening, sewing and cooking. She’s been with her partner, Mary Anne Crosby, for 14 years. Vera and Mary Anne have a dog, Murphy, 5 birds, and many fish all under one roof in North Augusta, South Carolina.[/column]