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REV. C. DUSTY PRUITT, D. MIN.dustysafeharbor

Retired on February 28, 2018 after 41 1/2 Years of Ministry!

Rev. Dr. Pruitt was educated at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree there.  She received the Master of Divinity (M. Div.) degree from Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado.  She received a license to preach from the Metropolitan Community Churches in 1976.  She received her Doctor of Ministry (D. Min) degree from Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, California.  Her doctoral project was entitled “But Thou Shalt Forget the Shame of Thy Youth: a Study of Authoritarianism, Religiosity and Child Sexual Abuse“.  She was ordained in the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches in 1979 and received Privilege of Call with the United Church of Christ in 2004,

During her Ministry with the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, she has served as

*Assistant Pastor of Agape MCC in Fort Worth, Texas and MCC of the Rockies in Denver, Colorado
*Senior Pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church in Long Beach, California from 1980-199
*Interim Pastor of MCC San Diego
*Interim Pastor of Gentle Shepherd MCC in Phoenix,
*Sole pastor of MCC Family in Christ in Fort Collins, Colorado
*Interim and subsequently Settled Pastor of MCC Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Currently retired from the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, Rev. Dr. Pruitt is still an active ordained minister in the United Church of Christ (UCC).  She plans to keep her credentials active in the Southwest Conference of the UCC as she and spouse Joanne Rhosdes move from Delaware to Santa Fe, New Mexico.

After pursuing a Clinical Pastoral Education Internship for one year, Rev. Dr. Pruitt moved from Yuma, Arizona to Sussex County, Delaware.  She served as a hospice chaplain for five years in Southern Delaware.  She just left the position of Pastor of Safe Harbor UCC in Sussex County, Delaware.  The interim pastor there is Rev. Chet Carbaugh (  For more information you can visit the church’s website at

In addition to serving Safe Harbor as above, in September 2013 Dr. Pruitt was elected as “settled pastor” of MCC Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, where she completed a three-year term as a UCC Pastor serving in an MCC setting December 31. 2016.  MCC Rehoboth dedicated its new facility at 19369 Plantation Road in Rehoboth Beach in September of 2013, and welcomed their new settled pastor, Rev. Diane Fisher ( in January of 2017.  Visit their website at

Rev. Dr. Pruitt is available to perform weddings and Holy Unions (commitment ceremonies), to lecture on her lawsuit with the military, preach, and conduct seminars on healing the inner child.

For more information please contact the Rev. Dr. Dusty Pruitt through the following channels:

Telephone :  302 393 3265 Cell

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