Rev. Darren Utley is a minister in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. He lives with his wife and two children in Hanover County, VA. Darren’s early experience with the Jesus of the Christian Gospels, set him on a path toward seeking all the goodness of God for all people. While living in Grand Rapids, MI, he became active in community organizing in both the Black and Latino communities. Darren spent two years as the Executive Director of The Coalition for Community Reinvestment, working with the city, banks, churches and other organizations to help revitalize communities primarily through homeownership and the rehabilitation of housing.
His efforts to advocate for students and staff in the public schools led him to pursue an education degree. Darren’s M.Ed. thesis addressed the problem of whiteness in the teaching profession. The project suggested Critical Race Theory as a resource teacher education programs could deploy in designing more culturally relevant programs and graduating more teachers aware of the dangers of their whiteness.
After a number of years teaching in middle and high school, Darren felt the call to attend seminary and came to Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond. Throughout his time at seminary and beyond, Darren has sought ways to be connected with groups and organizations in the city who are working for the things he believes God desires for the greater Richmond area: goodness, justice, equal access to God’s resources. Rev. Utley is the moderator of the Presbytery of the James’ Dismantling Racism: Building Beloved Community ministry team and recently worked with others to produce a curriculum for churches dealing with racism and white supremacy.
Darren is grateful to have been welcomed into the CTTT-RVA community and feels blessed to have been a part of all the amazing work they have done over the last four years. It is a great honor to work with the leadership of CTTT-RVA and to be asked to be a part of the executive circle. Rev. Utley brings his deep commitment to the work of racial healing into the effort of growing CTTT-RVA from its infancy as a 501c3 to an organization of profound impact in the greater Richmond area.