The Reverand Mia J. Douglas is a relationship-driven leader with a passion for strategic community building and creative transformation. Since assuming the helm in 2015 as Director of Discipleship at Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford, Conn., Rev. Douglas has successfully led a number of initiatives credited for broadening and deepening the church’s impact in its surrounding neighborhood and Greater Hartford.
She facilitates the “Network and Nosh,” a grassroots initiative effort she organized to mobilize nonprofit, church and community leaders to work together, and with grantmakers, on solving pressing community issues. In addition to facilitating community workshops, Rev. Douglas has led and served on many local, state and church panels.
She is a classically trained recitalist, whose passion for music infuses her ministry, including her pulpit duties as a preacher, teacher and worship leader. Prior to joining Asylum Hill, she served as the associate pastor at the historic Faith Congregational Church, also in Hartford. During her tenure there, Rev. Douglas, who studied vocal performance at the University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music, was a collaborative artist with Inspire, an innovative Gospel music ministry. She was also a private vocal instructor for the “Church Street Singers,” a nonprofit music education program serving young girls grades 7 through 12.
Rev. Douglas’ performance credits include the acclaimed New York City Opera’s production of Porgy and Bess. She also performed with the Connecticut Opera and was a member of Bella Voce, a vocal ensemble of young African-American classical singers from Greater Hartford. Ordained to the Christian ministry in 2011, Rev. Douglas holds an M.Div. from Andover Newton Theological School, where she was the recipient of the merit George and Leola Kelsey Scholarship and inducted into the Jonathon Edwards Honor Society. Rev. Douglas received her Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Furman University. A native of Florence, S.C., she makes her home in Glastonbury, CT.