Staff Bio: Rodney McKenzie Jr.

Rodney McKenzie, Jr., Director of the Academy for Leadership and Action, is an out person of faith, community organizer and a reverend. Over the last thirteen years, he’s worked for organizations fighting for grassroots political power in marginalized communities. From being a Field Organizer at the Task Force in 2002 to most recently being the Spiritual Director and Co-Creator of Expansion Church, his work focuses on the intersection of community organizing and radical spirituality in the public square.

Rodney’s currently a Master of Divinity candidate at Union Theological Seminary. By putting James Baldwin, Audre Lorde, Essex Hemphill and the Apostle Paul in conversation, he’s constructing a liberation theology that challenges how theology and LGBTQI politics approaches the intersection of race, class and sexuality.

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Rodney currently resides in New York City, New York.