Rev. Dr. Ed Hansen is a retired (July 1, 2006) United Methodist pastor who last served at Hollywood United Methodist Church in Hollywood, CA (a ten-year pastorate). He is a graduate of Claremont School of Theology with the Doctor of Religion degree, and his dissertation was titled, “The Church’s Ministry with Homosexuals.” He also has a master’s degree in Counselor Education from San Diego State University. At the 2010 Annual Conference of United Methodists, Dr. Hansen led the “Telling Our Stories” project in which United Methodist LGBTQ people and their loved ones shared their experiences. He began the presentations by telling his own story of being a gay man. He has served for 30 years as a leader for the Strength for the Journey retreat for persons living with HIV/AIDS and continues to work for and support efforts to overcome the stigma and fear that surround this disease. He has served for several years as the coordinator of the Elder Pastor program of the California-Pacific Conference of the United Methodist Church, a program that utilizes retired clergy serving as supportive confidantes for persons who are still in active ministry and he served a two-year term as the president of the Los Angeles area “Gay Elder Circle”, an organization of older gay men who seek to encourage a healthier and more supportive gay community.
In earlier appointments, Dr. Hansen was on the administrative staff of Claremont School of Theology, served for one year in campus ministry at Cal-State Long Beach, and served at Chollas View United Methodist Church and First United Methodist Church in San Diego. Ed currently lives with his partner of 20 years, Art Zweig, in the Agoura Hills area of Southern California.