Reverend Joe Cobb is Pastor of Metropolitan Community Church of the Blue Ridge.
Joe lives in Roanoke with his partner, James, and their two children, Ginny and JJ. Their family also includes a daughter, Emma and a son, Taylor. Joe is a native of Kansas and has his own pair of ruby red slippers.
Joe was ordained as an MCC clergy in 2006 and served as Pastor of the MCC of Winston-Salem from 2007-2008. Prior to this, Joe served as a United Methodist Clergy in Texas, England and Kansas, from 1985-2001. He has a Master of Divinity degree from Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, Texas and a Bachelor of Philosophy degree from Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas.
Joe is co-author of Our Family Outing: A Memoir of Coming Out and Coming Through, written with his former spouse, Rev. Leigh Anne Taylor. The book is a unique, two voice narrative of a gay man and straight woman and their journey through marriage, children, coming out, divorce, healing, reconciliation and creating a new way of being family.
In addition to his book project, Joe is a contributing writer to the Roanoke Gayzette.
His blog is: http://thispastorisout.wordpress.com.
Joe also serves on the Community and Diversity Advisory Board for the Carilion/Virginia Tech School of Medicine in Roanoke, Virginia.