The Rev. Cody J. Sanders, Ph.D.
American Baptist Chaplain, Harvard University
At OCBC, Cody engages in a shared ministry with the staff and congregation, providing ministerial leadership in the areas of preaching and worship, pastoral care, Christian education and social justice enablement, organizational development, and community outreach. Cody and the congregation were drawn together by a mutually shared commitment to concerns of peace and justice, putting faith into action to cultivate redemptive communities that listen to and learn from people on the margins, and standing in solidarity with the most vulnerable against oppression, injustice, and violence.
In his capacity as American Baptist Chaplain to Harvard University, Cody works alongside 30+ multi-faith and secular chaplains to cultivate the religious, spiritual, and ethical life of the University, and serves the spiritual needs of American Baptist students on campus.
Cody earned the Ph.D. in pastoral theology and pastoral counseling from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. His dissertation was titled, “Re-Visioning the Care of Souls: The Praxis of Pastoral Care in the Context of LGBTQ Suicide.” He earned the M.Div. from the McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia, the M.S. in community counseling from Mercer, and the B.A. in religious studies and psychology from Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina.
Cody's books include,
- A Brief Guide to Ministry with LGBTQIA Youth (Westminster John Knox, 2017)
- Co-author of Microaggressions in Ministry: Confronting the Hidden Violence of Everyday Church (Westminster John Knox, 2015)
- Queer Lessons for Churches on the Straight and Narrow: What All Christians Can Learn from LGBTQ Lives (Faithlab, 2013), winner of the National Bronze Medal for Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans Non-Fiction in the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards
- Co-editor of Trouble the Water: A Christian Resource for the Work of Racial Justice (Nurturing Faith, 2017)
- Editor of Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth: A Resource for Congregations on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America, 2013).