Harvest MCC first met on October 30, 1985 as a group of Bible Study students. The name "Harvest" was selected from a song by the Imperials entitled, "Lord of the Harvest". In 1988, we became a parish extension of MCC Dallas.
Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), are a worldwide Protestant denomination founded in 1968 and focusing its outreach endeavors on persons who identify themselves as homosexual, bisexual, transgender, and queer Christians. Although most MCC members are LGBTQ, membership is open to all individuals regardless of sexual orientation. The MCC was founded by Troy Perry, an openly gay man who was defrocked as a Pentecostal pastor in the early 1960s after his sexuality became known. In the late 1960s Perry settled in Los Angeles, where he had a renewed sense of spirituality following a suicide attempt. On October 6, 1968, he held a worship service in his home for a small group of people. As Perry’s Los Angeles church quickly burgeoned to more than 200 people, he received inquiries from people in other cities seeking to found MCC congregations. At the first general conference, held in 1970, there were delegates in attendance from congregations in eight U.S. cities.
Now, with more than 40,000 members, MCC, particularly its clergy, have been vocal supporters of gay rights. The church has especially advocated the right of same-sex couples to marry (see same-sex marriage) and has maintained a rite of Holy Union since 1969. Its members have also been active in ministering to AIDS patients and in supporting research into the disease. With its international growth, the MCC has been a noted advocate for human rights in eastern Europe and in Latin America, championing causes such as employment and housing nondiscrimination laws and legal protections for persons living with HIV/AIDS.