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Rev. Nicole Garcia

Rev. Nicole Garcia
Faith Work Director

The Rev. Nicole M. Garcia, M.A. LPC is the Faith Work Director at the National LGBTQ Task. Nicole identifies as an out and proud queer transgender Latina. Nicole is an ordained minister of Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Colorado. Nicole has been practicing as a therapist and a clinical supervisor at the Umbrella Collective in Boulder CO since 2018. She is a former member and faculty emeritus of the Trans Seminarian Leadership Cohort. Nicole currently serves on the board of directors of Out Boulder County, a nationally recognized LGBTQ advocacy organization. She also serves on the Boulder County Wildfire Fund Advisory Committee of the Community Foundation of Boulder County. Nicole spends as much time as she can with family and friends. She especially loves being “Aunt Nikki” to her great nieces and nephews.

Meredith Bischoff

IWR Webmaster
Chino Hills, Califorina

Meredith Bischoff works hard as a free-lance webmaster with IWR as one of her busiest clients. In addition, she is also an ordained elder in the Community of Christ. .

Meredith holds a Masters degree in Education from California State University Fullerton, and has completed post-graduate studies in Educational Psychology, Instructional Technology and Communications Management at the University of Southern California and the Annenberg School of Communications.

Organizational Partners

Affirm United/S'affirmer Ensemble The Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists Brethren-Mennonite Council for LGBT Concerns Open and Affirming Ministries of the Gay, Lesbian & Affirming Disciples (GLAD) Integrity Reconciling Works
More Light Presbyterians Open and Affirming Program of the United Church of Christ Coalition for LGBT Concerns (ONA) Reconciling Ministries Network Room for All - Reformed Church in America Welcoming Community Network - Community of Christ