The Rev. Dr. Brett Webb-Mitchell

Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA) (PCUSA)
Organization: Community of Pilgrims Presbyterian Fellowship, Portland, OR

The Rev. Dr. Brett Webb-Mitchell is an ordained Presbyterian Church (USA) pastor, a teacher, writer, speaker, pilgrim, LGBTQIA+ activist, parent, grandparent, pet lover, and in a partnered relationship with Christian Halstead.

Currently, he is the organizing pastor of The Community of Pilgrims Presbyterian Fellowship in Portland, OR (, and founder of the religious non-profit School of the Pilgrim (, leading church groups on pilgrimages here and abroad. He has authored ten books, the latest three books on pilgrimage.

For the last three years he was also the LGBTQIA+ Advocacy Coordinator in the OR-ID United Methodist Church Conference, has been pastor or interim pastor with ten churches, and taught at North Carolina Central University and Duke University in Durham, NC for over fourteen years combined.

The author of several books, he is currently writing A Daily Devotion for Ordinary Pilgrims on an Extraordinary Pilgrimage, and his memoir, Everyday Superman: A Gay Critique on the Decline of American Christianity.

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Brett Webb-Mitchell: On Border Crossers and Misfits

Tuesday June 22, 2021
Dr. Brett Webb-Mitchell says Jesus heals misfits in two miracles in Mark 5. Jesus, the border crosser, reaches out to outcasts, misfits, the “Others” in Jewish society, and restores their lives with his healing touch - and he can do the same in our lives.

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Brett Webb-Mitchell: Practicing Pilgrimage

Tuesday January 31, 2017
Practicing Pilgrimage: On Being and Becoming God’s Pilgrim People is both an exploration of the theological, cultural and spiritual roots of Christian pilgrimage, and is a 'how to' book on doing pilgrimage in our suburban backyards, city streets, rural roads, churches, retreat enters, and our everyday life.

Brett Webb-Mitchell: May gay marriage mean even more ”˜I do’s’ for society, church?

Sunday November 23, 2014
As an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), I have officiated at more than 100 weddings over 30 years. I enjoy performing a wedding, witnessing the coming together of family and friends for a joyous celebration, recognizing the miracle of the joining together of two lives – body, mind and spirit – as they commit to each other with the simple 'I do.'

Brett Webb-Mitchell: "Two Persons"

Thursday July 03, 2014
The two-hundred twenty-first General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) met in Detroit earlier this month and made some policy changes that will have a direct impact upon the lives of its members once the Assembly adjourned. Some churches will now choose to stay or leave the denomination based upon the decisions made by this Assembly.

Brett Webb-Mitchell: How Pilgrimage Teaches Us About Lent

Friday March 28, 2014
While I am usually drawn either to surrender or take on new during Lent, my attention this year is on the high incidence of traveling metaphors commonly used by writers, speakers, pastors, and priests alike, when describing Lent. The intent of using this language is to assist believers in focusing on the progress or process of transformation in this hallowed season.

Brett Webb-Mitchell: Sunday School Taught Me That Jesus Was Straight... And Other Myths and Legends of Yore

Sunday November 24, 2013
When digging through a small box of 'relics' of my childhood, I found my quarter-size Sunday school pin, with all its attendance bars attached. Immediately upon discovery, memories that I kept stored in the deep recesses of my unconsciousness rushed back.

Brett Webb-Mitchell: Going to the Chapel...Just Not Yet

Saturday June 29, 2013
Living outside of marriage yet being in a significant long-term relationship is like being a visitor in an unknown country with a strange language: are we partners or lovers? We're not husbands.

Brett Webb-Mitchell: Gay Parenting as Performance Art

Friday September 21, 2012
The “nuclear family” is but modern society’s latest reconfiguration of being a “family.”

Brett Webb-Mitchell: Out and Ordained

Tuesday March 06, 2012
Like the ELCA, the Episcopal Church, Disciples of Christ, Moravians and the UCC, most Presbyteries in the Presbyterian Church USA now welcome out-LGBTQ people as ordained and installed leaders. While my heart is filled with joy, others in my Church enter a sober time of discernment, discouraged by the Spirit's forward movement.

The Rev. Brett Webb-Mitchell: Hope for a Brighter Day

Tuesday September 20, 2011
Like my forbears, I too name and call out those who purposefully spread misinformation, fear, and maliciousness toward LGBTQ people, denying us equal rights in the arena of public, religious, and private life.

The Rev. Brett Webb-Mitchell: Encountering Prejudice

Thursday August 25, 2011
As an out Presbyterian preacher, I'd experienced prejudice before. But nothing like what I faced in North Carolina.

The Rev. Brett Webb-Mitchell: Born This Way

Thursday August 11, 2011
"I'm Sam Peterson. And I'm incredibly handsome," said Sam as we sat an chatted over a cup of coffee at Chapel Hill's Foster's Market.

The Rev. Brett Webb-Mitchell: Celebrating a Church's Change

Thursday August 04, 2011
Now when I write or say to a congregation, "I am a Presbyterian minister, and I'm gay," I need not fear censure from the church, nor panic about being dismissed by a congregation or seminary.