On this page you will find our Mission, Vision and Core Values. Below that you will also find a brief bio about our Staff and Board.
The mission of Trinity Metropolitan Community Church of Gainesville is to spread the message of God’s inclusive love.
The vision of Trinity Metropolitan Community Church of Gainesville is to:
- welcome all people,
- actively pursue social justice and peace,
- respect the faith of all people and invite them to participate in our worship,
- pursue answers to life’s questions with open hearts and minds both as individuals and as a congregation,
- share our spiritual gifts, talents and resources within our congregation, our community and beyond.
The Core Values of Trinity MCC are:
Welcoming all with respect and friendship, creating sanctuary and community.
Celebrating God’s Presence within our life’s journey and giving thanks daily through worship and prayer.
Of God’s love for all.
Looking to Christ
As Guide, Teacher and Example for living, who provides the way by which we develop love for God, ourselves and our neighbors.
By striving toward the integration of our spirituality, sexuality and healing.
Using our gifts faithfully and responsibility in the church we are called to serve,and in the wider creation entrusted to us by God.
Developing our knowledge, expanding our boundaries, refusing to accept limitations.
Action in community
Working for change, peace and justice to educate the world around us of God’s charity and grace.
Rev Catherine Dearlove
Rev Catherine joined Trinity MCC on the 8th November 2015 from England as our Provisional Pastor. This position was made permanent on June 12th 2016 by a unanimous vote.
She worked in the UK as Founding and Senior Pastor of River of Life MCC, Dorchester, Dorset.
She also served as Interim Pastor at MCC Brighton, East Sussex. Rev Catherine has been a member of MCC since 1982 in England, Australia and now the USA.
She has a Bachelor in Theology from Brisbane College of Theology, Queensland, Australia and completed her Masters in Christian Spirituality through Sarum College, Salisbury, England.
Rev Catherine has served as the European Coordinator for the Office of Formation and Leadership and Development and on the Governing Board Nominating Committee for MCC, and is currently part of the OASIS Team who are working on a virtual ministry worldwide for MCC.
Rev Catherine enjoys anything to do with nature – and lives with her three dogs: Bobby, Simba and Lola.
She also has a penchant for English, Belgium and Swiss Chocolate and although has a generous heart, WILL NOT share her chocolate with others.
associate lay pastor
Sandra Emery, following graduation, enlisted in the United States Army in April 1980. Sandra Emery devoted over 28 years of service to her country, retiring at the rank of Command Sergeant Major in June 2008. She was awarded decorative medals which include the Bronze star (2nd Award) for combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan; the distinguished Legion of Merit for her exceptional service to our country; Meritorious Service Medal (4th Award); Army Accommodation Medal (3rd Award); Army Achievement Medal (4th Award) and various other citations.
Sandra Emery received her Associate of Science in General Education at Central Texas College, Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Master of Science in Business Management (Cum Lade) at Trident University International, Cypress California. She also possesses a Certification from the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) in Conflict Resolution.
Sandra Emery has one son, Dexter Lamont Emery who resides in Atlanta, Georgia. She also has nine siblings, and comes from a long line of ministers, deacons, gospel singers, musicians and believers in Christ. She finally accepted her calling to ministry in October 2018 and is currently in training for clergy.
Sandra Emery’s hobbies include spending time with family, fishing, bike riding, spending time with her dog “Ace” and relaxing whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Blake was born in Detroit Michigan and he lived there until he was 38 when he moved to Florida in 2011.
Blake started to attend Trinity MCC in March of 2011. What he loves about church is the people, love and teamwork that we have “I’m so glad to be apart of an awesome church”
Blake started his transition in January of 2016 I was and has been grateful for all the support he has had and still has to this day. Blake identifies as a trans man and has grown in strength and spirit being able to live into his true identity.
Blake volunteers in many areas of the church and can always be seen at events either setting up or closing down.
As custodian he makes sure that our church is spick and span for everyone who visits.
jonathan dees music director
Throughout the years Jonathan said he has been blessed to play and sing in various settings and develop this gifting. His parents recognized the gift and a few years later enrolled him in private music lessons piano, violin, and they bought him just about any instrument he asked for including Piano, Organ, Rhythm Guitar, Bass, Drums, Bells, Xylophones, Harmonica, Violin and some other miscellaneous instruments. Later in life he took 2 years of college music focusing on voice and piano.
Along the way he has also been blessed to preach and teach at various denominations, he took all the home college courses for the AG to be qualified as a licensed minister, although he felt the call to ministry long before then and was allowed to speak at his parents Baptist church when he was in my early teens as well as in private Christian school. He was ordained a minister in an, Independent Pentecostal Church years ago in which he served as the Assistant Pastor, Music minister, and Youth leader, and since that time have had the opportunity to preach and teach in various denominations including most of the ones mentioned above.
Jonathan is convinced that the more relationship we have going up and down between us and God the more effective we are in ministry.
Nickie Colvin Confidential assistant to the pastor
Nickie Colvin recently left her position of 2 years as Administrative Assistant at a
Methodist Church in Jacksonville to move to Waldo in anticipation of moving into a home being built for her on the back of a friend’s property.
Working in non-profit organizations for the past 35 years included working in chemical addiction rehabilitation and holistic programs designed for male and female inmates on their journey back to becoming productive members of society.
Her childhood was filled with rescuing numerous animals, from the baby bird that was shot by a BB gun to the squirrel that managed to get away from a cat and of course, numerous dogs throughout her life. The most rewarding of these was an Irish Wolf Hound that was able to spend his senior years in a loving home.
There was a Bible that sat on the shelf in the living room until the day her Mom passed away and it was passed down to her. It was only used to update births, marriages, and deaths. There was no mention of God during those childhood years. It wasn’t until her husband found sobriety in AA that Nickie learned about a God that wasn’t too busy to be concerned about her. Through Al-Anon she found a power greater than herself which today she recognizes as God. As a sponge soaks up water she began her walk with Christ, on faith, willing to make the effort to learn how Christ wanted her to live.
Her joy is in giving and seeing smiles on the faces of those who she meets.
Jackie laperriere board member
Jacqueline was born in Beaver Falls, PA. Her family lived nearby in the town of Beaver and she was raised in the Lutheran church. Wanting to escape the cold of northern winters, she came south after high school graduation and attended the University of South Florida in Tampa before transferring to pursue her Bachelor’s in Pharmacy degree at the University of Florida.
Jackie returned to Tampa after graduation, completed residency training at the James A. Haley VAMC and subsequently spent 13 years at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research institute as an oncology pharmacist and Coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Pain & Palliative care Team. During this time she began attending the Metropolitan Community Church of Tampa. She also completed her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree at the University of South Carolina and made the move back to Gainesville to begin a new career as a Medical Science Liaison/ Regional Medical Director in the pharmaceutical industry. During this time Jackie began attending Trinity MCC and became a member last year. She also serves as a member of the TMCC Building Committee.
In her spare time Jackie enjoys golfing, biking, hiking, reading and anything Gator-related. She also has two fur kids, Keeva (the big white dog) and Tioga (the verbose tuxedo cat).
Jeffrey was born in London, England and adopted by his parents as an infant; his father was in the U.S. Air Force and stationed in England. He has 2 brothers, he is the middle child. Jeffrey has lived in Australia, England and the Azores (Portuguese Islands), and has lived in Colorado, Texas, Kansas, Virginia and Florida. Due to his father’s military career, they moved quite a bit. Jeffrey attend 12 different schools by the time he graduated high school. He earned a A.A. degree from Lake City Community College. Jeffrey has worked in the medical insurance industry from 1987 – 2003 as a Claims Supervisor. In 2003, he began working at North Florida Regional Medical Center as a supervisor, manager and then a financial counselor. In 2013, he transferred to the Collections Department of HCA and works from home.
Jeffrey came to Trinity MCC with his partner Jerry in 2005 and they both joined the church soon after. Jeffrey has served on the Board of Directors and on the Pastoral Search Committee.
JOHN AYERBE VICE MODERATOR
John was born in Popayan, Columbia. John comes from a bi-cultural family, Columbia, South America and Hastings, Florida. His father’s family is from the small town of Popayan, a traditional colonial town, one of the oldest in Columbia. His mother’s family comes from a long line of potato farmers in Hastings, Florida. He was raised in both the Catholic and Methodist churches and found himself embracing both spiritual traditions.
John finished high school in Peru, Junior College in Columbia and finished with a Bachelors Degree in Gainesville, Florida. He currently works for an architecture firm in Alachua, specializing in educationally and religious architecture. He has been in a committed relationship for the past 35 years with his partner Thomas Everson.
John did the original drawings for the current building in the early 80’s and joined Trinity MCC formally in 2016.
MARGRET WEEKS CLERK OF THE BOARD
Margret was born in Gainesville in and raised in Bronson. She graduated from Bronson High School and Santa Fe College, obtaining her EMT certificate and AA Degree. Margret has been married to Debra Page for 6 wonderful years; and joyously helps raise their fur babies which include: Sonny, Nucky, Priss, Taco, Molli, & Mylo. Margret has been a member of TMCC since 2013. She says the “love, compassion, and acceptance at Trinity are several of the reasons she decided to make us her church home; and she is looking forward to working with everyone for on the growth of Trinity.”
TREASURER TO THE BOARD
Tamara was raised in the Midwest, and lived in St. Louis, Missouri, from 1989 through 2012. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from Webster University, and worked in an administrative capacity at several local businesses over the years. She was also active in politics, running for office multiple times and advocating on issues, including anti-war protests. In 2002 Tamara was hired at Washington University School of Medicine, where she worked in the Epidemiology and Prevention Research Group on several research studies, including an HIV prevention intervention for women in the criminal justice system. Tamara moved her family to Gainesville in 2013, after her boss became Founding Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at UF. In 2015 she became active in the Gainesville LGBTQ community as part of the Steering Committee for Alachua TranQuility, a community group for trans folk and their allies that meets monthly at UF’s HealthStreet.
Tamara was raised in several Christian traditions but had not been active in any church for many years prior to relocating to Florida. The warm welcome and loving embrace she and her family experienced upon visiting Trinity MCC in August of 2015 made it a natural spiritual home for her. She became a member in early 2016 and was elected to the Board late that year.