Greetings Mission Bay Community Church!
I am Diana Bell, and I am excited to join you as your Interim Pastor. I am coming to you after a fruitful call in Redwoods Presbytery where I served as the Associate Pastor for Families for six years at First Presbyterian Church of San Anselmo.
I am a native Texan, a cradle Presbyterian, and a proud alumna of Union Theological Seminary (NYC). Now, I enjoy calling Northern California home. I appreciate that one can have a night out with world-class entertainment and then be on a trail the next morning with locally-sourced snacks and breathtaking views of redwoods or coastline.
Justice and witness opportunities are central to my faith in Christ. Previously I’ve been part of mission to the Gulf Coast after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and interned with homeless people organizing for their own rights. I have traveled to Palestine and Israel, and worked with ecumenical projects regarding hunger and privilege in Marin. I am passionate about sustainability, eco-justice, and am hopeful that we will create safe spaces and stand up for each other’s dignity in the midst of our fear-based political climate.
As an openly gay/lesbian/queer woman and pastor I look forward to leading in a community that reflects the diversity of God. I love engaging in thoughtful, spiritual conversation that leads to fresh understandings and perspective. (Doubts and Stouts is right up my alley as an experienced doubter and a newbie brewer.) I hope that each time we gather together, we are grounding ourselves in our spiritual practices that empower us to face heartache and celebrate joy.
My first Sunday with you will be February 26, 2017.
I look forward to getting to know you, and being part of the Mission Bay community.
P.S. If you wish to email me you can do so at firstname.lastname@example.org