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The More Light Presbyterians Staff and National Board of Directors

More Light Staff and Board at our 2018 Spring Board Meeting, on the campus of Union Presbyterian Seminary

More Light Presbyterians is supported by a dynamic staff and board of directors. More Light staff are available to visit your congregation or community group, and for individual consultation about furthering LGBTQIA+ inclusion. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions or just want to say hi!

The More Light Board consists of 15 persons elected by the membership of MLP or appointed to fill vacancies per the requirements in the by-laws.

Nominations to the National Board of Directors are made by a Nominations Committee. The Nominations Committee solicits the MLP membership for suggestions for nominees and considers both within its composition and its proposed slate of nominees the diversity of sexual orientations, differing abilities, racial-ethnic backgrounds, gender identities and expression, ages (in conformity with applicable laws), synod of residence, and MLP membership categories.

If you would like to contact a board member, please contact Alex and he will forward your request to the appropriate board member(s).

National Board of Directors

The More Light Board consists of 15 persons elected by the membership of MLP or appointed to fill vacancies per the requirements in the by-laws.

Nominations to the National Board of Directors are made by a Nominations Committee. The Nominations Committee solicits the MLP membership for suggestions for nominees and considers both within its composition and its proposed slate of nominees the diversity of sexual orientations, differing abilities, racial-ethnic backgrounds, gender identities and expression, ages (in conformity with applicable laws), synod of residence, and MLP membership categories.

If you would like to contact a board member, please contact Alex and he will forward your request to the appropriate board member(s).

Photo of Rev. Larissa Kwong Abazia

Rev. Larissa Kwong Abazia

More Light Board Member

Biography

Gender Pronouns: she/her/hers

Rev. Larissa Kwong Abazia is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and is currently pastor at Hillsborough Presbyterian Church in Hillsborough, NJ. She earned her undergraduate degree at Rutgers University and M.Div. at Princeton Theological Seminary. Larissa’s ministry started with a pastoral residency program at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. It was there that she learned and practiced the importance of active listening and reflection during moments of trauma and transition. She then moved to Chicago to serve as an associate pastor overseeing a Friday evening program for at risk LGBTQ youth as well as the young adult ministries of the church. Larissa has since served congregations throughout New Jersey as well as in Queens, NY and Greenwich, CT. She has also served as the Director of Church Relations at Princeton Theological Seminary and is a consultant with the Vandersall Collective.

Throughout her life and career, Larissa has been dedicated to racial and gender justice. She is interested in the ways that the church can faithfully live out its call to be a body that celebrates all of its members. This work brought her to denominational leadership in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), including serving as the Vice-Moderator to the 221st General Assembly, where she is able to challenge the current structures and assumptions of life together.