Meet the More Light Presbyterians Staff and National Board of Directors

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 Presbyterians Staff

More Light Presbyterians is supported by a dynamic staff. Meet Rev. Larissa Kwong Abazia!

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Rev. Larissa Kwong Abazia

Transitional Head of Operations

Gender Pronouns: she/her/hers

Rev. Larissa Kwong Abazia is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the founder of Courageous Spaces. She earned her undergraduate degree at Rutgers University and M.Div.…

National Board of Directors

The More Light Board consists of 8 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 us and we will get you in touch with the appropriate board member(s).

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Adrian White

More Light Board Co-Moderator

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Adrian White is a writer, Texan, and M.Div student at Vanderbilt Divinity School. They grew up in the PC(USA) and feel called to bring to life the church’s growing commitments to the inclusion and thriving of all children of God!…

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Amy Kim Kyremes-Parks

More Light Board Co-Moderator

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Amy Kim Kyremes-Parks serves as the Director of Spiritual Formation at Fairmount Presbyterian Church in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.  She is an enthusiastic, creative and thoughtful woman always open to new opportunities to support and sustain the life of the Presbyterian Church (USA).…

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Rev. Ann Deibert

More Light Board Member

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Ann grew up in the Pacific Northwest and lived in California, New Jersey, and Maryland before she joined the pastoral staff of Central Presbyterian Church in Louisville, KY in 1996.…

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Ethel Hornbeck

More Light Board Member

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Ethel Hornbeck is a spiritual director with an abiding interest in how the Spirit is experienced, and practiced, in everyday human life. A deeply rooted Presbyterian, she has been influenced by the wisdom, practices, and the mystics of all the deep wisdom traditions.…

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Rev. Ashley McFaul-Erwin

More Light Board Member/ Secretary

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Ashley is a lifelong Presbyterian: beginning her journey in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland before moving to the US in 2011. Her move across the ocean has a deep connection to More Light.…

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Andrea Sawyer-Kirksey

More Light Board Member

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Andrea Sawyer-Kirksey is the Executive Director of Discovering Opportunities for Outreach and Reflection (DOOR) a faith-based network of cities that provides opportunities for service, learning, and leadership.…

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Rev. Lydia Tembo

More Light Board Member

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My name is. I was born in Lusaka, Zambia and have lived in Queens,NY a majority of my life. Currently I am completing my Master of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary, seeking ordination in the PCUSA.…

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Jessica Vazquez Torres

More Light Board Member

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Jessica is the National Program Coordinator for Crossroads Anti-Racism Organizing and Training.A native of Puerto Rico, Jessica identifies as a “1.5 generation Queer ESL Latina of Puerto Rican descent.” From 1999 until the Spring of 2006 Jessica worked in the Office of [Racial] Reconciliation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Indianapolis, IN.…

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Rev Bruce Reyes-Chow

More Light Board Member

Gender pronouns: he/him/his

Bruce is a pastor, author, consultant, and coach. A 3rd Generation Chinese/Filipino, armchair sociologist, and technology enthusiast Bruce speaks and teaches on faith, race, parenting, and technology in a variety contexts from seminaries to conferences to congregations to pre-schools.…