Rev. Debra J. Hopkins

"Voice for Change"

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               Rev. Debra J. Hopkins is a native New Yorker and a proud Trans Woman of Color. She is a licensed non-denominational minister who continues to remain actively involved in ministry through pastoral care, writing, and community activism. She is the Founding Pastor of Essentials for Life Ministries, a non-denominational online ministry that puts emphasis on a liberation theology focused on social, political, and economic oppression, spiritual renewal and wholeness in a fragmented world.

 

Debra also serves as Founder of There's Still Hope, a non-profit organization that provides a Transitional Housing Program in the Charlotte area for Transgender adults, Trans Victims of Domestic Violence and Trans individuals released from the Correctional Institutional System. Through it all, she continues to spend time traveling around the country advocating for the marginalized people of the LGBTQIA community, facilitating workshops as an inspirational-motivational speaker & teacher, along with participating in educational conferences, workshops and Town Hall discussions throughout the year. She’s profiled in the LGBT Religious Archives Network gallery and has several prestigious awards and is a frequent speaker at colleges & universities.

 

Reverend Hopkins has been a resident of Mecklenburg County for the past 11 years. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management, Christian Education, and Personal Evangelism. She has also earned her Masters of Theology degree from New York Theological Seminary. She is the proud parent of three adult children and eight beautiful grandchildren and the author of three books and three anthologies.

 

As an activist, Debra believes “words have POWER” and she believes we can all be a real “Voice for Change” through action, activism, and community involvement that will help put an end to the social and economic discrimination that's ever present in this country.

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