HiRes Garner 5Darlene Garner has served as an Elder for MCC since 1993. Ordained in 1988, she has served as pastor of MCC congregations in Baltimore and Northern Virginia in the United States, interim pastor in Cape Town, South Africa, and as Clerk of MCC. A founder of the U.S. National Coalition of Black Lesbians and Gays, she served on the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations and is the convener of the 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 strengthening of MCC ministry around the world, local church governance, and MCC’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. She also works directly with MCC congregations in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, 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 Maryland and Florida.

Contact Rev. Elder Darlene Garner at revdarlenegarner@mccchurch.net