My name is Darin McKenna. I’m a queer pastor, enneagram coach, writer, and speaker. I have a Master’s in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and I'm currently a pastor and church planter with New Abbey in Pasadena, CA. My vocation was born out of my own journey of reconciling my bisexuality with the church and culture. It was a long road to get me to where I am today, but the enneagram was one of the primary tools that allowed me to do the work of self-acceptance and life-integration.
I grew up just outside of Atlanta, GA, right in the heart of the evangelical south. I was active in church from a young age - I loved it because of the sense of belonging and togetherness it gave me. Throughout college, I was involved in campus ministry leadership, and after college, I became a part of the pastoral staff at my church. There, I confronted some difficult tensions with my faith and sexuality. I emerged from that time with a much bigger view of God, a much more compassionate view of myself, and a newfound drive to do the critical work of building a more inclusive church and helping the queer community reconcile with their faith.
Why the enneagram? The enneagram is a tool that helps us understand how we interact with the world, what motivates us, and how to develop empathy for others. It employs a typing system with 9 personality types that are described by each type's core desire. As we come to understand the unique way that we each embody our type, we begin to be able to choose different ways of operating. The enneagram moves us towards freedom. Enneagram wisdom gives us warning signs for when we are moving into unhealthy patterns, as well as helpful pathways we can walk down to grow in our self- and other-awareness. In my experience, one of the biggest gifts the enneagram offers us is a way of moving beyond dualistic patterns of thinking and understanding the world. Paired with contemplative practices, the enneagram is a tool for deep and lasting spiritual formation. As queer people of faith, identity formation and integration tend to be a long journey with multiple stages. I've personally found the enneagram to be a helpful companion on my own journey, and I believe the self-awareness and self-actualization the enneagram offers could be helpful for yours as well!
The goal of our sessions together will be to build a healthy framework for understanding the enneagram and to help you on your way to identifying your number. Once you feel confident with your number, we’ll talk about steps you can take to grow, as well as how to identify when you’re slipping into old and unhealthy patterns. Ultimately, my goal is to equip you with the ability to continue your journey with the enneagram for a long time. I look forward to working with you!
Darins fee is $60 for a 1 hour session and recommends a 2 session package. You can directly email him at firstname.lastname@example.org