Resume of Rev. Stephen Parelli

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Rev. Stephen Richard Parelli
Other Sheep Executive Director (2005-present)
January 2013


Earned Degrees

  • Masters in Applied Linguistics (2009) – Queens College (CUNY), Flushing, NY
  • MDiv (1983) – Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary, Grand Rapids, MI
  • BRE (1975), ThB (1976) – Baptist Bible College, Clarks Summit, PA

        (Studies toward a ThM – 11 hours completed, 1992-1993 Baptist Bible Seminary, Clarks
Summit, PA.)

Ordination Credentials

  • Ordained MCC (Metropolitan Community Church) Clergy (2009) by Rev. Nancy Wilson,  Moderator

Work Experience

  • 2005-Present Other Sheep Executive Director
  • 2001-2004 Private teacher, ESL (English as a Second Language), Jackson Heights, NY
  • 1999-2002 Chadbourne & Park, 30 Rockefeller Place, New York NY (Paralegal)
  • 1998-1999 Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, 330 Madison Ave. New York, NY (Broker, Series 7, 65, 63, 31)
  • 1997-1998 Millennium Securities, 150 East 58th St., New York, NY
  • 1988-1997 Faith Baptist Church, Sparta, NJ (Senior Pastor)
  • 1983-1987 Faith Baptist Church, Sinclairville, NY (Senior Pastor)
  • 1978-1980 North Royalton Baptist Church, North Royalton, OH (Youth Pastor)
  • 1976-1978 First Baptist Church, East Syracuse, NY (Christian day school learning center/ youth pastor)
  • 1971-1975  Hickory Street Baptist Church, Scranton, PA (Youth leader/ associate pastor)

Other Sheep Work Experience

Travel for Activism, Missions and Conferences

  • 2012 Uganda, Rwanda, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, Martinique, Guatemala; Speaker: MCC churches in NJ, PA, and IL, UMC Church in VA, Connecting Families Conference (Mennonites), Maranatha Riverside Church; Testified before the New Jersey Assemble Judiciary Committee on Marriage Equality; Attended: SBL/AAR Conference, Chicago (Society of Biblical Literature/ American Academy of Religion), and ILGA Worldwide Conference in Sweden (International Lesbian and Gay Assocaition); Hosted:  Asian gay couple from Beijing, China (ten days)
  • 2011 India, Singapore, Nepal; Speaker:  David Kato Memorial Service; LGBT/Q Social Ethics class of Union Theological Seminary, Maranatha of The Riverside Church; Attended:  Compass to Compassion Consultation (Union);  More Than A Monologue seminar (Union and Yale)
  • 2010 Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Beijing, China, Bangalore and Kerala, India; Speaker: MCC General Conference (presenter/workshop), Yale’s LGBTQ and Ally interfaith group;  Attended: the US State Department Roundtable Discussion, SBL Annual Meeting;  Hosted:  East Africa LGBT spokesperson
  • 2009 Nepal, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia;  Reconciling Ministries Network Convocation (Presenter/Panelist);  ETS/SBL
  • 2008 Costa Rica; East Africa (Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda); Vienna, Austria:  ILGA; England:  Changing Attitude (August), MCC Regional 4 Conference (November); ETS/SBL (Evangelical Theological Society/ Sacred Biblical Literature)
  • 2007 East Africa (Kenya, Uganda); ETS/SBL/AAR (American Academy of Religion)
  • 2006 Geneva, Switzerland:  ILGA; Southern Cone (Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay); ETS/SBL/AAR
  • 2005 Mexico; Creating Change, Oakland; ETS/SBL/AAR                                                                                                                                                          

Paper presented, article published:

  • How Baptist Doctrine May Obligate the Evangelical to View Same-Sex Marriage as Primarily a Civil Matter and a Matter of Individual Conscience, an academic paper presented at the 58th Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Nov. 2006, Washington, D.C.
  • Why ex-gay therapy doesn’t work by Stephen Parelli, published in The Gay & Lesbian Review, July-August 2007 issue


Newspaper, TV, Radio and Book interviews/talk shows

  • Newspaper/ magazine interviews:  Mexico, Argentina, Kenya, USA, India (India Today magazine, Sept. 26, 2011), Martinique, St. Lucia, United States
  • Live TV interviews:  Paraguay, Uruguay
  • Pre-recorded TV interviews: India (Asia Net in 2010; two Goa stations in 2011), Martinique (2012), St. Lucia – two TV stations (2012)
  • Live Radio:  Call-in talk show, Kenya (2007); Interview, Hong Kong (2010); Talk show, St. Lucia (2012)
  • Pre-recorded Radio interview, Kenya (2008), Martinique (2012), St. Lucia (2012)
  • Cited (Steve and Jose) in Reasons to Believe (p. 309, 315-16; 361-362) by John Marks (for ten years a US News & World Report journalist), c2008 (“They tore him [Steve Parelli] apart.  Baptist historians rose and denounced his methodology,”  p. 362)

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Extra – Other Sheep Activities

  • 2010 (Nov) – 2011 (March) – Pulpit supply East Bronx Baptist Church
  • 2006-2008  Empire State Pride Agenda – Committee member of  Pride in the Pulpit
  • 2008 Soulforce – American Family Outing (Texas training, Maryland & Georgia activism)


  • Faith Background:  Baptist-evangelical; profession of faith at age 8; baptized at age 12
  • Marriage/ Family Status:  first marriage 1980, separated 1997, divorced 2003 – four children (ages 26-30); second marriage to Mr. Jose Ortiz, 2008, in Sacramento, California (after 10 years and 10 months living together – since 1997).


  • Richard Rose, Litigation Case Manager, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, 1 Chase Manhattan Plaza, New York, NY  10005-1413 (years acquainted 1971-present), email:
  • Rev. Michael Kimindu, Anglican priest & MCC pastor, President of Other Sheep Africa (years acquainted 2007-present), email:
  • Stan Kimer, Consultant and Other Sheep board chairperson (years acquainted 2009-present), email:

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