Meet the CQC Team and CQC Organizational Committee
CQC Team Members
Kiran Stewart-McKee – Publicity, Marketing, and Community Outreach Coordinator
Kiran McKee completed her Bachelor of Arts (History, Gender Studies) and Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Victoria, before moving to Calgary from Victoria in 2015. She works at Deer Park United Church as the Parish Social Worker (RSW), providing congregational support and community support in southeastern Calgary. Kiran enjoys cooking, record collecting, and watching stand up comedy specials. She has a life long passion for social justice and is proud to be part of the CQC team. She lives with her spouse, Brent and their cats, Crookshanks and Latke.
Michelle Harper-Worship Leader
Michelle Harper is a passionate worshiper who is governed by a philosophy rooted in John 4:23. “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.” Originally from the southern United States, Michelle has had the great privilege of being part of woriship teams In both Oklahoma and Tennessee. She has served as Deacon, Elder, Teacher and Worship Pastor. Additionally, she has ushered in the presence of God at several conferences including Resolution, Immersed, The Evangelical Network and Out to the Nations alongside prominent figures spearheading the Christian LGBTQ movement like Kenny Bishop, Joseph Carl Bales and Brian Garland Grizzle. Michelle is deeply committed to the truth that the gospel message and intent of the Christian faith must remain grounded in love, equality and especially accessibility. Fueled by an exuberant love for contemporary worship and a staunch belief that the LGBTQ community is a treasured and integral member of the Body of Christ; Michelle is wholeheartedly dedicated to expressing the love of God to ALL through song.
Sandra Clemons-Worship Team
Karlo Keet – Photographer, Graphic and Web Designer
Karlo has lived in Calgary most of his life. Karlo comes from Red Deer Lake United Church as one of the members of the Audio Visual Team. With his free time, Karlo likes to retreat to nature and take pictures of the scenery that mother nature provides. His love for photography dates back to high school. Aside from photography, Karlo likes music, meditation and hiking.
Harry Miletich-Hospitality Coordinator Volunteer
In the summer of 2016, God revealed to me that I am transgender (FTM), which released me from severe depression. Two months later I moved from the Okanagan in BC to Calgary to be near my family and to start the journey I have always dreamed about: returning to school to pursue a career in the medical field. God is not ‘safe’, but He is good! I am looking forward to continuing to grow to be like Jesus, and looking forward to seeing CQC thrive!
Carolyn Galotta – Hospitality Volunteer
Carolyn is excited to volunteer as the Hospitality Coordinator with Calgary Queer Church. She has been involved with the LGBTQ community in Calgary since 2008 or so. She was raised as a Christian and has been attending an affirming United Church for about 5 years. She has found great connections with others in both these communities and at CQC. She is trained as a Social Worker and works as a Career Advisor with persons with disabilities and chronic health conditions. She enjoys many forms of dancing and music, being with her partner, friends and family, spending time in nature, reading, traveling and watching interesting tv shows and movies. Carolyn welcomes you to Calgary Queer Church, whether you are new to the CQC community or one of our friends already 🙂
Daryl Sedor-Volunteer Treasurer
CQC Organizational Committee
Tom Melvin – Deer Park United Church
Tom Melvin is the ordained minister at Deer Park United and the chair of the CQC Organizational Committee. He works with a dedicated staff who see the church’s mission as one of outreach to the community. Growing up in the southern US during the 1960’s gave Tom a keen sense of justice and inclusion as he witnessed the difficult times of the civil rights movement. Many wonderful and happenstance encounters with different peoples have fueled his passion for declaring God’s love for all and accepting all people whoever they are and wherever they are.
Dr. Teeya Scholten – Parkdale United Church
Dr. Teeya Scholten, she has worked for over 40 years in mental health and educational settings serving clients of all ages who have concerns in the areas of attention (ADHD),learning (LD), depression, behavior and relationships. She has also authored books and journal articles on these topics. As a Christian, she believes strongly in the values of respect and inclusiveness for all.
Rev. Tracy Robertson – St. Thomas United Church
Rev. Tracy Robertson was born in Calgary and raised on a farm in Balzac, AB. She grew up in Balzac United Church, worked at a bank for 15 years, then moved into various calls in the church: Youth Minister (Airdrie, Balzac and Crossfield United Churches), Presbytery Youth Coordinator (Foothills Presbytery), Minister of Christian Education (Woodcliff United Church), Chaplain of the Calgary Young Offender Centre, and now Lead Minister for Nurture, Education, and Pastoral Care at St. Thomas United Church. Tracy is married to Todd and has two children (Kurt and Evangeline). She loves animals (3 pets) and her family has fostered with the Humane Society for many years. Tracy donates blood regularly, enjoys riding her bike, working out, and walking her dog. Tracy is a proud Diaconal Minister and did her training at The Centre for Christian Studies in Winnipeg. She has a passion for pastoral care, social justice issues and youth and children.
Karen Decoux, St. Andrew’s United Church