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Rev. Leo Bancroft

Ministry setting

Pastor at The Flame, in Portland, OR, and President of our local chapter of ReconcilingWorks

What brings you joy in your ministry?

Building bridges between different communities, celebrating God's abundant love and hospitality, and being able to be my own quirky, goofball, authentic self.

Who inspires you in ministry or seminary?

I am inspired by people who have experienced trauma from the church and yet are willing to give it another go. I am inspired by the people who have led the way and made it possible for this bi trans guy to be a pastor.

What are your interests outside of ministry?

handstands and trapeze :) all the circus!

Best meal you've ever eaten?

Sushi with friends in Portland

Brief bio

I grew up outside of Portland, OR. I attended seminary in Berkeley, graduating with an MA in Systematic Theology from the Jesuit School, and a TEEM Certificate from PLTS. I am bi-vocational, with a job in tech support in addition to ministry.

Did you always want to be clergy?

When I was 7.

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