The Reverend Doctor Darvin Adams, I
The Reverend Doctor Darvin A. Adams I completed his Ph.D. in Theology and Ethics at the Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. A native of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, Dr. Adams is a pastor in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church tradition and an elected city councilman in Hopkinsville (Ward 1). His research interests are Contemporary Theology, Black Theology (first-generation) and Poverty, John Wesley and the Poor, Pneumatology, Black Culture, Black Religion, Slavery, Marxism and Late Capitalism, and Poetry
Leigh Anne Armstrong
Leigh Anne Armstrong has spent most of her life in Auburn AL, where she was fortunate to grow up as part of a vibrant university community, and even more fortunate to be nurtured and supported by a progressive Baptist church. In that church, at various times, she has served as deacon, interim minister, children’s and handbell choirs director, Bible study leader, English language teacher, and VBS leader. She has been active in leadership of AL Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, and has been a writer for the Smyth & Helwys Reflections devotional series.
Jonathan Best, Ph.D.
Jonathan L. Best holds a PhD in Practical Theology from St. Thomas University in Miami, FL. A North Carolina native, Jonathan attended both Campbell University and the University of Mount Olive. Previously he served as the Assistant Director of Public Services at the St. Thomas University Library. Currently, Jonathan teaches online courses in theology and operates his own editing company (Best Academic Editing). His areas of research include postmodern and continental philosophy, hermeneutics, pragmatism, and social justice. Jonathan explores theological and philosophical issues related to uncertainty, transition, and being in-between on his blog Liminal Theology (liminaltheology.wordpress.com). He now lives in Deltona, FL with his wife, Rebekah, and his daughter Ava.
Rev. Bojangles Blanchard
Bojangles Blanchard is an ordained Baptist minister who is married to his wonderful husband. They have a two year old son named Josiah. Bojangles has worked as an LGBTQ activist for the past twenty years and he and his husband Dominique were two of the Kentucky Plaintiffs in the landmark SCOTUS 2015 Marriage Equality case. Additionally, Bojangles has fought for LGBTQ inclusion and affirmation within the (CBF) for many years and now serves as co-moderator of the newly established Affirming Network.
Jess Cook, M.Div.
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Jess Cook is the Programs and Communication Manager for More Light Presbyterians. Jess is also a candidate for ordination in the Presbyterian Church (USA). A native of East Texas and lifelong Presbyterian, Jess holds a Master of Divinity from Union Presbyterian Seminary, a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from the University of North Texas, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art from Baylor.
The Reverend Janet James
Rev. Janet James serves as the Pastor of the Gayton Kirk Presbyterian Church. She has a Master of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary, a Master of Education from East Tennessee State University, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Tennessee. She previously served as Associate Pastor at Second Presbyterian Church in Richmond, VA. Janet served as the Moderator of the Presbytery of the James in 2011. She preaches and teaches regularly, is a talented artist, and does a zillion other things to help the Kirk further God’s mission in the world.
The Reverend Elizabeth Mangham Lott
Rev. Elizabeth Mangham Lott pastors the historic St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, Louisiana. She shares life in the Crescent City with her husband, Nathan, and their two children, Turner and Julia.
The Reverend Doctor James D. McLeod, Jr.
The Rev. Dr. James D. McLeod, Jr., grew up in the town of Lumberton, NC. After attending Clemson University, he studied Divinity and Theology at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and received a PhD from Garrett-Northwestern in 2015. His area of research is the intersection of race, religion, and culture. He has served churches in Missouri, North Carolina, New York, and Alabama. He lives in Trussville, AL, with his wife, Lesley, and three sons.
The Reverend Fran Pratt
Rev. Fran Pratt is an author, liturgist, musician and pastor in the Austin, TX metro area. She serves as Pastor of Worship and Liturgy at Peace of Christ Church - a progressive, contemplative, and inclusive community doing the work of radical love and justice in Williamson County, TX. Her litanies can be found at www.franpratt.com and www.patreon.com/franpratt .
The Reverend Doctor Ellen Richardson
Rev. Dr. Ellen Richardson grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, received her undergraduate degree from Georgia State University and her MD from MCG in Augusta. She practiced rural Family Medicine in Upper East Tennessee and South Georgia until she spent her last 10 years as a doctor specializing in Hospice and Palliative Care in Savannah, GA, and Northern Virginia. She was ordained in the Episcopal Church in 2008, received her M.Div. from Episcopal Divinity School and served as a bi-vocational priest until retiring from medicine in 2014.
She is currently Priest in Charge of Church of the Advent in Williamston, NC, in the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina. Her book, Holy Dying: Stories and Struggles (Church Publishing Mar/2017) is intended for clergy and congregations when addressing end of life medical issues in a spiritual context. A review can be found in The Anglican Theological Review (Summer 2018).
The Reverend Doctor Marc J. Boswell
Rev. Marc Boswell, Ph.D., is founding editor of Progressive Southern Theologians. He currently serves as the director of the faith-based non-profit, Together for Hope, in Lake Providence, Louisiana. He has lived in the Delta for the past two years and enjoys photography and writing. His research and teaching interests include constructive/liberation theologies, community development, and race in American culture.
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