The Flame’s Intern Pastor

Leo Bancroft

Photo Credit: Ken Salaman

Leo Bancroft (he/him pronouns) is an intern with the Oregon Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) studying to be a pastor. He has a Master of Arts in Systematic Theology from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California.

Leo is a bisexual trans man who has spent most of his life in the Portland Metro area. In addition to The Flame, he also works in tech support and is a natural born goofball.

His favorite bible passage is Romans 8:38-39, because he appreciates the reminder that nothing he does will make God stop loving him. “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

The Flame’s Leader Team

Lauren (Benny) Bennett (she/her pronouns):
Lauren identifies as lesbian who is androgynous presenting. She is currently working in management at Starbucks, and has just began a new journey going back to school for a career in Psychiatric Nursing. Lauren is an active member in the Al-anon program, where her initial spiritual journey began to take shape. The serenity prayer and a higher power are strong principles that work into her everyday life and have helped expand her desire to find her place among a church group in which she could fit in.


Laurel Moses (they/them pronouns): Laurel is a public health professional and a semi-professional aerial performance artist. They have a passion for public service and advocacy as well as self expression through diverse mediums including art, music, written/spoken word, and personal style. As a predominantly femme presenting queer person who has spent much of their life in the Portland and San Francisco areas, Laurel came to The Flame seeking diverse folks who have equally as diverse perspectives on spirituality. They find deep spiritual connection in many facets of life: poetry, exercise, interpersonal connection (time spent with family and friends!), community organizing, and solitude in nature.



Devynn Parkinson-Eagen (they/them pronouns): I am an apprentice funeral director and embalmer in the Portland area. I identify as bisexual and genderqueer with largely femme presentation, and have a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology. I was raised in a Jack Mormon household, but slipped through the LDS church and was baptized in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America instead as an adult in order to show myself that I was serious about confronting my spirituality. Instead I am more confused than ever. My life is one extended long dark night of the soul, which is particularly influenced by my career and my mental health status. I spend my free time writing sci-fi horror novels and doing aerial acrobatics.