Staff & Interns

Mark Bowman

LGBTQ-RAN Coordinator

Mark Bowman has been involved in the development of LGBTQ-RAN since its founding in 2001. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Boston University School of Theology. He first became active in Affirmation: United Methodists for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns in the late 1970s. He was instrumental in the formation of the Reconciling Congregation Program (United Methodist) and the magazine Open Hands and headed these programs for fifteen years. Mark played a key leadership role in initiating several cooperative ventures in the ecumenical “Welcoming Church” Movement, including the historic, massive Witness Our Welcome (WOW) Conference in 2000. He was also one of the original members of the National Religious Leaders Roundtable of the National LGBTQ Task Force.

Contact: mbowman@lgbtran.org  

Rev. Carla Roland Guzmán

Coordinator, Latinx Roundtable

Rev. Carla Roland Guzmán was raised in Puerto Rico and is ordained in the Episcopal Church. She serves an inclusive, bilingual, and multicultural congregation in New York City. Rev. Roland has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Cornell University; a Master’s of Divinity from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific; a Master of Arts in Church History from the Graduate Theological Union; and recently earned her PhD in Theology from the University of Exeter (UK) and Hartford Seminary.

In the early 1990s she was involved with the LGBTQ community while at Cornell University, and that work led to the creation of the Cornell LGBTQ Resource Center, one of the earliest in the country. She recently served one year on the board of the Cornell University GALA. Her current interests include bringing the voices of people of color to LGBTQ institutions, as well as bringing LGBTQ voices to the Latinx/Hispanic Community, including churches. She has been a member of the CLGS Latinx Roundtable: Fe, Familia, Igualdad since its inception.

Contact: croland@smstchurch.org

Rev. Jakob Hero-Shaw

Coordinator, Transgender Roundtable

Rev. Jakob Hero-Shaw is the Senior Pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church of Tampa. Jakob received his MDiv and Certificate in Sexuality and Religion from the Pacific School of Religion and his MA in Ethics and Social Theory from the Graduate Theological Union. He holds a Graduate Diploma in Christian Theology and Spiritual Direction from Cardiff University in Wales, and a BA in Religious Studies with an emphasis on Christianity and Islam, from the University of South Florida. Jakob has led trainings on human rights and participated transgender advocacy throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Central and Eastern Europe. Jakob’s favorite thing in life is being a dad! He lives in Tampa, Florida, with his husband and their two children.

Contact: jhero@clgs.org 

Zebulon Hurst

CLGS Student Intern

Zebulon Hurst (he/they) is a first-year Master of Divinity (MDiv) student at Pacific School of Religion. He earned his BA (cum laude) in French and Francophone Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago and has a background in interdisciplinary research involving abjection, masochism, and visual culture.  As a CLGS Student Intern, they are a research assistant for the Center’s LGBTQ Religious Archives Network (LGBTQ-RAN).

Contact: zhurst@ses.psr.edu

Rabbi Jane Rachel Litman

Coordinator, Jewish Roundtable

Rabbi Jane Rachel Litman is the Rabbi of Coastside Jewish Community, a diverse and welcoming congregation in Half Moon Bay, California.  Prior to joining CJC, she served as the Rabbi of LGBTQI outreach congregations Sha’ar Zahav and Kol Simcha. Rabbi Litman has been a consultant on religious education for alternative families for the Metropolitan Community Church and National Council of Churches.  She was a lecturer at California State University Northridge, where she co-founded the Queer Studies Institute.  An LGBTQI and AIDS activist for over twenty-five years, including serving on the Board of the March on Washington and Freedom to Marry, Rabbi Litman is widely published in the fields of feminism, trans and queer theory, and is the co-editor of the award winning Lifecycles series. Her latest piece is the chapter on Judaism in Struggling In Good Faith, a multifaith look at religion in American from an LGBTQI perspective.

Contact: jlitman@clgs.org

Yuris Martinez

CLGS Student Intern

Yuris Martinez (they/them) is a Master of Divinity (MDiv) student at Pacific School of Religion.  They also serve as a volunteer chaplain at Sojourn Chaplaincy, San Francisco General Hospital, and are committed to supporting Latinx queer and trans communities in their exploration of faith.

Contact: ymartinez@ses.psr.edu

Bernard Schlager

Executive Director

After receiving his PhD from Yale University in the history of Christianity and teaching on the East coast, Bernie became one of the original staff members of the Center when it opened its doors in the fall of 2000. Since then he has held a number of positions at CLGS, including Program Director and Interim Deputy Director, before becoming Executive Director in July 2009. In addition, he directs the development and advancement work of the Center, teaches in the Certificate of Sexuality and Religion Program (CSR) at Pacific School of Religion, and serves as an editorial consultant for the CLGS/Pilgrim Press Book series.

Contact: bschlager@clgs.org 

Rev. Dr. Roland Stringfellow

Coordinator, African American Roundtable

Rev. Dr. Roland Stringfellow earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and a Master of Science degree in Counseling from Indiana University.  He later earned a Master of Arts degree in Ministry from Grace Theological Seminary and in 1990 became a licensed minister in the Baptist Church.  In 2005, Roland was ordained with the Metropolitan Community Church and in 2006 he earned his Master of Divinity from the Pacific School of Religion with a certificate in Religion and Sexuality.  In 2011, Roland became licensed with the United Church of Christ and The Fellowship churches, a predominately African-American denomination with an outreach to LGBT individuals.  He has worked as a pastor in Indiana and California.  In addition to all his work within church contexts, Roland also worked in the field of education in a variety of capacities – teacher, guidance counselor, college advisor, and vice-principal. Roland is currently based in Detroit, Michigan.

Contact: rstringfellow@clgs.org