The Rev. Dr. Jeff Hood is a pastor, theologian and activist living and working in Texas. A graduate of Auburn University, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, University of Alabama and Creighton University, Dr. Hood has also earned a Doctorate of Ministry with a project focused in Queer Theology at Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University. In addition to his studies, Dr. Hood was ordained to the ministry at a church within the Southern Baptist Convention in 2006. On the occasion of his tenth anniversary in ministry, the small house church Dr. Hood pastors in Fort Worth collectively reaffirmed his ordination.
The author of 15 books, Dr. Hood is particularly excited about the staggered release of his latest 2 books over the next year, The Psychosis of God and The Execution of God. In 2016, Dr. Hood's book The Courage to Be Queer was named the third best religion book of the year at the Independent Publishers Book Awards. In addition to writing books, Dr. Hood's work has appeared extensively in the media, including in the Dallas Morning News, Huffington Post, Fort Worth Star Telegram, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Los Angeles Times and on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR amongst a whole host of other outlets.
Dr. Hood serves in the governing leadership of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and Fellowship of Reconciliation USA. In 2013, Dr. Hood was awarded PFLAG Fort Worth’s Equality Award for activism and service. In 2015, Hood was named Hope for Peace and Justice’s Ambassador of Justice for his theological activism and also the Next Generation Action Network’s Person of the Year for his work against police brutality. In addition to being the husband of Emily and father of Jeff III, Phillip, Quinley Mandela, Lucas & Madeleine, Dr. Hood also maintains a close friendship with death row prisoner Will Speer.
With deep soul and a belief that God is “calling us to something queerer,” Dr. Hood is a radical mystic and prophetic voice to a closed society.