OtherWise Ambassador: Rev Debra Hopkins, Charlotte, NC

OtherWise Christian Ambassadors are transgender (or OtherWise) Christians who are available in your local area to share both OtherWise Christian: A Guidebook for Liberation and their own stories and testimonies. I believe that books are important, but our communities also need the opportunity to be in real-life community with folk who can tell their own stories.

The Rev Debra Hopkins is based in Charlotte, NC and is authorized to sell copies of OtherWise Christian! I hope you’ll reach out and invite her into your community conversations. You’ll be supporting me, the book, and the ministry of Rev Debra Hopkins.

Don’t forget to compensate her for her time with you, if she’s leading an event or preaching in your congregation. Her time and expertise are valuable.

A native New Yorker and a proud Trans Woman of Color, Debra Hopkins is a licensed non-denominational minister who has been actively involved in ministry through pastoral care, writing, and activism for over four decades. She is the Founding Pastor of Essentials for Life Ministries, a non-denominational online ministry focused on spiritual renewal and wholeness in a fragmented world.

Full Bio of The Rev Debra Hopkins
from Transfaith’s website

Here’s what Rev Hopkins has to say about OtherWise Christian:

Last week I attended the Trans Wellness Conference in Philadelphia and was given a copy of an incredible book. After spending a few hours of down time reading the book. I came to the conclusion that, like a saber tooth tiger, “Otherwise Christian” has some real teeth. It allows the reader, hope, strength and encouragement. I can say that this book will definitely draw you in from the first few paragraphs to its end — and as a trans-person of faith it gives voice to the trans, queer and OtherWise community that we exist, have purpose and value and not freaks.

This authors wonderful insights of scripture-so many of us long since misunderstood-offers the reader a deeper commitment and reassessment of how we read, interpret and apply the great text, and perhaps inserts a real cleansing of ones soul. I encourage everyone to get a copy of OtherWise Christian.

Rev Debra Hopkins
August 1, 2019

The Task Force’s interviewer is “not my favorite,” but, nonetheless, the Rev Debra Hopkins shines through talking about her voice, her story, and her commitments in this video interview from 2018…

Thank you, Rev Hopkins, for your work and witness! I am so glad to have you as a part of #TeamOtherWise.

With gratitude,

Mx Chris Paige

P.S. Are you a transgender (or OtherWise) Christian who is interested in being an OtherWise Christian ambassador in your area? Please reach out and let’s talk about it!

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