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Rev. Dr. Dan De Leon has been the pastor of Friends Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, in College Station since September 1, 2005.  Serving the pastorate of Friends, Rev. De Leon has strived to broaden the congregation’s vision of “offering God’s extravagant welcome to all,” and to further live out the mission of “seeking a deeper spirituality,” and, “changing God’s world one act of love at a time.”  In June of 2013, Rev. De Leon became the Vice President of the South Central Conference of the UCC.  He also serves on the Nominating Committee for the national UCC through 2017.

In the community known as “Aggieland,” Rev. De Leon serves as an Aggie Allie, providing support for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students of Texas A&M University.  In April of 2013, Rev. De Leon was awarded the Phyllis R. Frye Advocacy Award by the Department of Multicultural Services at TAMU for showing “great leadership in the advancement of GLBTI (Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Intersex) civil rights at the infrastructural and/or interpersonal level.”

Additionally, since 2006, Rev. De Leon has served on the Institute for Interfaith Dialog Board in Bryan-College Station, seeking to foster constructive relationships across the lines of culture and religion.  In that same spirit of ecumenism, Rev. De Leon has served on the on the Board for United Campus Ministry of Aggieland since 2005, which ministers to college students of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and the UCC at Texas A&M University and Blinn Junior College of Bryan.

Rev. De Leon previously served as the Associate Minister to Youth at Highland Park Baptist Church in Austin, Texas, and, prior to that, as the Interim Youth Minister at First Baptist Church of Austin.  He holds a Bachelor of Journalism in Public Relations from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. He was ordained into the ministry of the Gospel of Jesus Christ on January 20, 2002.

Rev. De Leon is married to Stacy De Leon, and they are proud parents to son, Mac De Leon, born in March of 2005 and daughter Ruthie born in January 2008.

Recent Posts

May 19, 2017

For the past five months, as Texas legislators have aggressively pushed anti-LGBTQIA legislation, the faith community in Texas has been adamant about standing against such discriminatory legislation. The strength of faith leaders in the conversation is undeniable. Very often, anti-LGBTQIA legislation is proposed in the name of religion, so it is vital that affirming people of faith raise up their voices, declaring that they support LGBTQIA equality because of their faith—not in spite of it. 

Jun 21, 2016

Have you ever felt like you're not where you're supposed to be? I'm not talking about misreading directions and getting lost. I'm talking about being in a place, a dynamic, a behavior where your gut tells you, "I'm not supposed to be here."

Recent storms ravaged Houston. Christ United Church of Cypress was flooded; their building halfway underwater. Volunteers cleared out salvageable items to store in portable storage units. Walls were pulled from their framework and flooring pried up to prevent mildew. It was devastating. 

Nov 11, 2015

Rev. Dr. Justin Tanis is an ordained Christian minister in the Metropolitan Community Church. He is also transgender, and he is the author of a book titled Transgendered: Theology, Ministry, and Communities of Faith.

In it Rev. Tanis writes: “We tend to create God in our own image. If we ourselves are uncomfortable with gender variation, then we say that God is uncomfortable with it.”

Sep 10, 2015

I have a friend named Felipe who frequently attends worship celebrations at our church.

Mar 03, 2015

An oily black smudge on my forehead and my fingers looking like they'd cleaned a chimney were the indicators Ash Wednesday night that Lent had officially begun.

Nov 07, 2014

This week has been appropriately dreary.  

Tuesday night ended another election in our country.  Today our emotionally jostled citizenry is sifting through the ashes of yard signs, campaign contribution receipts, and “I Voted” stickers.  

Aug 02, 2013

In the church, we often talk about how everyone has a certain set of gifts and talents. One person has the gift of coming up with quick solutions to immediate problems, while another person has the gift of processing information slowly over time and producing long-term solutions for deeper problems. Both are essential.

One person has the talent of singing and playing piano while another person has the talent of preaching and playing guitar. Both are essential.  

Jun 27, 2013

Everlasting, ever-loving God, today, millions of your children wait in the paradox of anxiousness and earnestness for nine human beings to make a decision about the legality of same-gender marriage. But in our fervent prayers, O God, we know that decision is really about equality and about the preciousness of all of Your children in the sight of their neighbors, one and all.

This truth clutches our hearts today like twine tightening around a wrist.

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