At the core of our being what drives us to breathe, live and choose our movements? Rachael Ward navigates storytelling and venturing through the emotions, thoughts and actions of humans striving to make change within themselves and the world at large.
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Season One Guests
Kevin Garcia is a digital pastor, content creator and hot mess based in Atlanta, GA. They graduated from Christopher Newport University in 2013 with a BM in Music Education and they have been everything from a barista to a corporate office worker to a non-profit professional since then. After coming out in the fall of 2015 as a queer Christian, Kevin has reached thousands of individuals across the globe through his writing; his podcast, A Tiny Revolution; and through his YouTube channel. Kevin believes that by telling our stories, we set others free to tell theirs.
Kevin is presently a candidate for a Masters of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta, GA. In addition to LGBTQ advocacy, Kevin’s passions include vocal jazz, tacos, and really horrible dad jokes.
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Daresha Kyi is an award-winning visionary who writes, produces, and directs for film & television in Spanish and English. Her current project, Mama Bears, explores the many ways in which the lives of conservative, Christian mothers are impacted & utterly transformed when they decide to affirm and advocate on behalf of their LGBTQ+ children. As members of a private Facebook group – ‘Mama Bears’ support and help untangle the mess of overcoming teachings of the evangelical Church.
Frankie (they/them, he/him) co-owns Tiger Eye Barbershop in Atlanta, GA and is devoted to trans activism. As a love influencer, Frankie spends their time advocating for Trans youth to know that there’s no one right way to be trans. At their shop, Queer community can not only feel safe, but explore their gender expression in comfort. Frankie frequently speaks to youth about their experience coming out as trans & hopes to spread the message of love for all. Recently, Frankie was featured on Netlifx’ Tales of the City billboard advertisement for the new mini-series, which featured LGBT activists, role models and people in the Atlanta queer community.
leea, left, is a Blaque singer-preacher-poet from Nashville, Tennessee living in Atlanta, Georgia whose mission is to bring Black and Brown LGBTQ+ folk in the Deep South into genuine community to do justice together. This work leverages interfaith spiritual practices that have the power to heal and transform lives and communities, particularly those of poor, immigrant, elderly, and/or differently-abled trans and queer folk. leea is motivated by a personal sense of urgency to reclaim the history of the Black Church as a champion of civil rights by restoring and sustaining that work today as a justice agent for all oppressed peoples. They serve as a minister and worship leader at Park Avenue Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia while studying at Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Upon graduation, leea will complete an unit of Clinical Pastoral Education and use that time to further discern God’s call on their life.
Mississippi native Kakky Brown is an English teacher and the co-founder and sponsor of a peer wellness education program at her school in Oxford, Mississippi. She spends her time teaching, working as a youth director for her church, and working with a teen mom program in her community. Serving others and leading teens through their toughest years is a true passion of hers. Tiny in stature, she carries herself with the bigness of her heart, spirit, and passion for sharing her truth to help others.
Kelly Ravenscraft (she/her) is a current resident pastor at Urban Village Church and a recent graduate from Loyola University Chicago with a BA in International Studies and Sociology. She is pursuing her M.Div. with an emphasis in LGBTQ Studies at Chicago Theological Seminary. She felt called to ministry because of the need for LGBTQ liberation in the church and a desire to respond to the need for unconventional faith spaces. She is excited to see how God moves and uses unconventional spaces like Hesed House to create true, vulnerable community that moves us to growth.
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Rachael (they/them) is a first year seminary student who writes often about the intersections of grief, trauma and belief. They are also involved in a body of work in the greater Atlanta area that is devoted to LGBTQ Inclusion with an intersectional lens. You can learn more about Rachael here at queerinfaith.com or follow @queerinfaith
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