Brisbane’s LGBTI friendly Metropolitan Community Church has farewelled it’s long serving pastor Leigh Neighbour who is retiring after 33 years as an MMC pastor.
Since taking the reigns at the Brisbane branch of the Metropolitan Community Church in 2008, Neighbour has, together with his husband Denny, use his position to stand tall as a community leader both in the LGBTI and wider community, lending his voice to advocate for acceptance of all LGBTI people into the church, marriage equality, civil unions in Queensland, as well as being an advocate for people living with HIV/AIDS.
Prior to coming to Brisbane, Neighbour had previously served as an MCC pastor in Auckland and as a missionary in Nigeria and Samoa.
An emotional farewell service was held last night which Neighbour described as ‘a wonderful moment in both Denny’s and my life.’
In retirement, Neighbour told QNews that he will still play an active part in the community and looks forward to spending more time attending dog shows with his husband.
While a permanent successor has not yet been appointed, MCC services will continue as normal each Sunday at 7:00pm at the Uniting Church, 52 Merthyr Rd, New Farm.