Metropolitan Community Church of the Redwood Empire was founded in 1982 by the Rev. John Torres and his partner Tim Webb. Originally named Russian River MCC, its first home was the dance floor of the Woods Resort. Through the years, the town of Guerneville has undergone changes and the has church moved locations. No matter where this faith community gathered, the Spirit of God’s love has always been evident among the members and friends. Additionally, the surrounding redwood forest and nearby Russian River play a special part in the life of this loving faith community.