MCC Oasis Leadership Team
Rev. Aaron Miller, MCC Oasis Pastor
In February 2013, the Rev. Aaron Miller was installed as the settled/permanent Pastor of MCC Hartford after serving 15 months as its Interim Pastor.
Rev. Aaron earned a Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School and is ordained by the Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC). He has been appointed by the denomination’s senior leadership to the MCC Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council “Trans/Gender Nonconforming People.”
Rev. Aaron is also a chaplain at Yale New Haven Hospital, serves on the Board of Directors for the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice CT, is a member of the Connecticut Clergy for Full Equality (an interfaith collaboration of progressive faith leaders throughout the state), and offers diversity workshops and training regarding gender identity/expression in settings such as churches, hospitals, healthcare facilities, and universities/colleges.
Rev. Aaron is a political activist who is dedicated to working for the advancement of LGBTQI justice and equality. As a transgender clergy person, he is passionately committed to human and civil rights and creating safe and welcoming spaces in our faith communities
for all people.
Rev. Catherine Dearlove, Content management and advisor
Reverend Catherine Dearlove was the Founding and Senior Pastor at River of Life Metropolitan Community Church, Dorchester, UK, from 2008 - 2014. She also served as the Interim Pastor for MCC Brighton, England from 2010 - 2012. She is currently the provisional pastor of Trinity MCC Gainesville.
As a strong believer in service beyond her local church, Catherine has served Metropolitan Community Churches globally as a member of the Governing Board Nominating Committee (2011-2013) and in Europe as Network Liaison for Europe and as European Coordinator for the Office of Formation and Leadership Development. In addition to her pastorates, Catherine has a passion for ecumenical work and served as the chair of Churches Together in Dorchester.
Catherine holds a Bachelor of Theology (Biblical and Philosophical Majors) from Brisbane College of Theology, and a Certification II, III and IV in Business. She also has her Masters in Christian Spirituality from Sarum College.
In her leisure time, Catherine loves reading, music, sport, and long walks with her partner
and her dog.
Rev. Carol Chambers, Content management and advisor
Rev. Carol Chambers earned an M. Div. and was ordained in 1972 in another denomination and spent some time in chaplaincy roles. She later earned an M.A. in Religious Studies and did graduate work at Union Theological Seminary in New York City particularly in the areas of Ethics and Women’s Religious History. After spending 25 years in New York working in the fields of Child Welfare and as a Trainer for the NYS Department of Children and Family Services, she moved to Florida in 2006 and began her journey with MCC. She was an Assistant Pastor at Joy MCC in Orlando and the Founding Pastor of Open Circle MCC in The Villages, FL.
In addition, she served MCC as the Central Florida Network Leader. Now retired, she devotes her time to writing daily devotionals, spiritual practices, and the congruence of spirituality and mental illness. She is devoted to inclusivity in MCC and hopes to contribute to the conversation around diversity and alternative spiritualalities within the context of MCC Core Values. Her personal website can be found at www.thetenderjourney.com.
Ms. Shannon Young, MCC Office of Emerging Ministries, Administrative Assistant
Shannon is originally from Detroit, Michigan. She has lived in Northern Virginia, Arizona, and is currently living in Maryland. She grew up in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. During the ten years she lived in Northern Virginia, she was an active member of MCC NOVA as a lay delegate and worship leader. She was also a district conference planner, focusing on registration.
She currently serves as the Confidential Executive Assistant to Rev. Elder Darlene Garner and the administrative support for the Office of Emerging Ministries and the Office of Church
Life and Health.
Rev. Elder Darlene Garner, MCC Office of Emerging Ministries, Director
Darlene Garner is among the eleven spiritual leaders of Metropolitan CommunityChurches (MCC), having first been elected to the position of Elder in 1993 and serving continuously as an Elder since then. Ordained in 1988, she has served as pastor of MCC congregations in Baltimore and Northern Virginia in the United States and in Cape Town, South Africa. A founder of the U.S. National Coalition of Black Lesbians and Gays, she served on the City of Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations and is the convener of the triennial MCC Conference for People of African Descent. Garner is currently the Director of the MCC Office of Emerging Ministries, which provides global leadership for the development of emerging churches and the strengthening of MCC ministry around the world, local church governance, and matters related to MCC’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. She also works directly with MCC congregations in Asia, Canada, Europe, Latin America, Australia, and New Zealand. The mother of four, grandmother of seven, and great- grandmother of five, Rev. Garner lives with her wife the Rev. Candy Holmes and their canine child Joey in suburban Washington, DC.