Rev Elder Jim Mitulski has pastored within the gay affirming Metropolitan Community Church since 1983 and was appointed Elder serving the denomination's Region 2 in November 2005.
Mitulski (as he prefers to be known) has served MCC congregations in New York, San Francisco, Guerneville and Glendale. His 15 year service as Pastor of MCC San Francisco coincided with the height of the HIV health crisis. By the time he left that congregation in 2001 he had officated at over 500 funerals, sometimes 6 to 8 a week. Immediately prior to his appointment as an Elder, he served on the staff of the denomination's West Hollywood headquarters, being responsible for leadership development and seminary relations.
His education includes a BA in religion form Columbia University, an M.Div, from Pacific School of Religion, and was a Merrill Fellow at the Harvard Divinity School. In 2002 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Sacred Theology from the Starr King School for the Ministry. He completed the coursework for a doctorate in Ministry from the San Francisco Theological Seminary. he is currently enrolled in the D. Min. program at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA.
He is a trustee at Pacific School of Religion and serves on the national board of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry.
Rev Mitulski has authored chapters on issues of Queer Theology and Aids activism in books such as
- Out in the Castro: Desire, Promise, Activism
- Take Back the Word
- The Church With AIDS