Rev. Cody J. Sanders, Ph.D.

Pastor, Old Cambridge Baptist Church 
American Baptist Chaplain, Harvard University 
1151 Massachusetts Avenue 
Cambridge, MA 02138 

Phone: 617-864-9275 ext 201 
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The Rev. Cody J. Sanders, Ph.D., engages in relational, creative, and collaborative theological praxis as pastor to Old Cambridge Baptist Church in Cambridge, Mass., American Baptist Chaplain to neighboring Harvard University, and as a practical theologian engaging issues of wider public concern. 

At Old Cambridge Baptist Church, a progressive peace and justice congregation in Harvard Square, Cody engages in a shared ministry with the congregation, propelled by their mutual commitment to concerns of peace and justice, translating religious teaching into faithful action to cultivate communities that listen to and learn from people on the margins and stand in solidarity with the most vulnerable against oppression, injustice, and violence. At Harvard, Cody works alongside 35+ interreligious and secular chaplains to cultivate the religious, spiritual, and ethical life of the University and to provide care for the school’s diverse student body. 

As a scholar of pastoral and practical theology, Sanders teaches on the adjunct faculty at Andover Newton Theological School and other institutions of theological higher education around the country where his courses focus on care and counseling from narrative, queer, and justice-oriented theoretical perspectives. He has authored, co-authored, and edited five books with attention to the intersection of religion and the embodiment of human difference, especially in relation to sexuality, gender identity, and race. His current projects include a book manuscript in preparation on the constitutive operations of religious and spiritual narratives in relation to LGBTQ suicide, and an emerging collaborative inquiry project looking at practical theologies of embodiment in death and developing constructive critiques of and alternatives to dominant U.S. discourses and conventional practices in relation to the treatment of the corpse. 

Cody earned the Ph.D. in Pastoral Theology & Pastoral Counseling from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, 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 grew up in a small town in South Carolina and now lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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