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Darlene C. A. Franklin

Darlene C. A. Franklin is originally from East Orange, New Jersey, the eighth child in a family of ten. Rev. Franklin is a veteran of the United States Air Force. She entered the ministry in 1993, and was ordained a deacon in the Unity Fellowship Church Movement under Presiding Archbishop Carl Bean. This was later followed by ordination as a minister under Rev. Dr. Renee McCoy. She has also served as senior pastor of the historic Full Truth Fellowship of Christ church from 2001-2010.

An active leader in the community and advocate for social justice, Rev. Franklin has received numerous awards and honors for her tireless service in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) community. Additionally, she has extensive experience in advocating for those with HIV/AIDS as well as victims of Domestic Violence. She is the founder of "Getting the Word Out Center for Biblical Studies" where she and nine others of the LGBTQ community earned degrees in theology granted through Destiny School of Ministry. She is also the first openly gay pastor to host a Christian radio show, "Getting The Word Out" on 1440 WMKM, in Detroit. Rev. Franklin was also recently published in an anthology of short stories edited by Dr. Derrick Tennial entitled, "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell".

Rev. Franklin is passionate about caring for the elderly. She regularly provides care for those afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease and actively volunteers for Alzheimer’s and Hospice organizations. She holds an Associates degree from Oakland Community College, and is currently a student in the School of Social Work at Wayne State University. She is legally married to her spouse of six years, Glenda Wyatt-Franklin, and the mother of two wonderful daughters who have blessed her with four grandchildren.

Rev. Franklin simply sums herself up with these words: I am an African woman born in America, Masculine-Identified Lesbian, Mother, Preacher, Spouse and Grandmother - evolved in that order - who is determined to stand and live boldly and proudly in the truth of each one of those intersections of my life unapologetically. At this juncture of my life’s journey, my mission is to be a bridge of healing of the trauma that plagues the African American Community and continues to divide us as a people.

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