Reverend Dexter S. Brecht
Rev. Dexter Brecht was born in Marengo, Iowa, USA in 1957. He was reared by a working-class Roman Catholic family. Rev. Brecht was prone to illness as a child and developed a close relationship with God at an early age. Dexter felt a call to vocational ministry in his early teens but was discouraged from following it by his school counselor and family. He came to an awareness of his same-gender loving orientation while attending college. He was granted a BA in Speech/Drama from Mount Mercy College and an MA in Dance from the University of Iowa. Rev. Brecht discovered All God’s Children MCC when he moved to Minneapolis, MN, USA in 1986. It was there that he realized that he could pursue his vocation with self-integrity and he was encouraged to pursue ordination within MCC. Dexter attended United Theological Seminary and did additional theological studies through Samaritan College, Loyola Institute for Ministry and the Interim Ministry Network. He completed his requirements for clergy licensing by Metropolitan Community Church at MCC in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1993. Rev. Brecht was called to serve as the Interim Pastor of MCC in New Orleans in 1994 but became the settled Pastor and served there until 2007. While living in New Orleans he owned and operated a contemporary craft and art gallery. Dexter has also served MCC as part of the South Central District Committee, Region 2 Elder’s Committee and GA-TN-AL Network Leadership. He has also served as the Minister of Mobilization at First MCC in Atlanta. Rev. Brecht served from 2011 to 2013 as the Interim Minister of Spirit of Life MCC in New Port Richey, FL.