Pam Byers Memorial Fund
Pam McLucas Byers, a ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and member at Old First Presbyterian Church in San Francisco, served as the first executive director of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians. Pam used her generous hospitality, deep intellect, faithfulness to Jesus Christ, and commitment to justice and unity to connect Presbyterians across the theological spectrum in difficult conversations around the full inclusion of LGBTQ Presbyterians and their families in the life and leadership of the PC(USA).
Pam died on October 27, 2014, after a long illness. Recognizing that the organizational and personal records of faithful Presbyterians across the theological spectrum who engaged in the forty-year movement to enable ordination and marriage rites for LGBTQIA+ Presbyterians should be gathered in one location for research and guidance, her colleagues and the Presbyterian Historical Society launched the Pam Byers Memorial Fund (PBMF) fundraising initiative to collect, preserve, and share the records and oral histories related to the movement.
Resources and materials collected as part of this project are available on the LGBQTIA+ History Collecting Initiative page.
PHS is grateful for the generous donations that supported the Pam Byers Memorial Fund. We continue to collect the records of LGBTQIA+ Presbyterians and organizations engaged in the movement to ordain LGBTQIA+ Presbyterians as part of our core mission.