ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The global leader of the Metropolitan Community Church denomination is sometimes referred to as the “gay-church Pope.”

The Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson says she doesn’t mind the nickname, “These days, it’s easier than it used to be. With Pope Francis, I think we have a great ally, someone who’s speaking a message of inclusion and openness that is very welcome.”

Wilson was in town over the weekend for the installation of Pastor Wes Mullins at the Metropolitan Community Church of Greater St. Louis.

She says she’s excited about recent developments in some states, “We’re so glad that we’re at a tipping point, I believe, in this country, where same-sex marriage is inevitable in every state. It’s going to happen. There will always be pockets of resistance. Not everyone’s going to vote for it. But, thank goodness for our courts.”

Wilson’s been in a committed relationship with another woman for 36 years, the last ten as a married couple.

She says her denomination is growing across the country and branching out into smaller towns. Its fastest growth recently, however, has been in Latin America, she says.

Metropolitan Community Church has congregations in more than forty countries around the world.

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