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A theologian, historian and bioethicist by academic training, Rev. Jeff Hood is a graduate of Auburn University, the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, the University of Alabama, Creighton University, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Ministry in Practical Theology with an emphasis in Queer Theology at Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University. His ordination rests within the Southern Baptist Convention.

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Jeff currently lives in Denton, Texas, where he serves as Executive Director of Center for Theological Activism and as a pastor to persons in communities throughout the region. As a theological activist and organizer, Jeff serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, on the Statewide Steering Committee and as North Texas area director of Pastors for Texas Children, on the National Council of the Fellowship of Reconciliation USA, as an organizer and editor for the North Texas Fellowship of Reconciliation and on the Board of Directors of Hope for Peace and Justice (a social justice ministry of the Cathedral of Hope). In 2013, Jeff's work as a spiritual organizer and activist was recognized by PFLAG Fort Worth’s Equality Award.

Jeff is married to Emily and together they have three young sons, twin toddlers, Jeff III and Phillip, and newborn, Quinley. Jeff also maintains a close friendship to Texas Death Row prisoner Will Speer. Jeff is the author of three books, The Queer: An Interaction with The Gospel of John, The Queering of an American Evangelical and The Sociopathic Jesus. A Southerner, Queer, and Christian, Jeff is a committed activist, visionary writer and radical prophetic voice to a closed society.

Recent Posts

Aug 08, 2013

The Church at Mable Peabody's is a queer church in Denton, Texas. While we are queer because of our various sexualities, expressions, and identities, we are also often considered queer due to our choice of love in a Texas culture dominated by hatred and vengeance. This is where that queer Jesus comes in.

Mar 31, 2013

I no longer have a job.

I used to work as a chaplain at a trauma hospital. I didn’t lose my job because of poor performance or lack of ability.

I lost my job for following the Queer Jesus and supporting marriage equality.

Mar 01, 2013

Before my feet could touch the ground under the pew of the Southern Baptist church of my youth, I was afraid. Every time the preacher screamed and pointed eternal damnations, I knew he was screaming and pointing at me. Sunday nights were awful. The fears were fresh and pressed deeply into the soft tissue of my heart. As sleep was elusive, I prayed and wept throughout the night.

There was no answer. There was no salvation. I was only a child.

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