I was stunned to hear moments ago from Louis Mitchell of the sudden passing of Minister Bobbie Jean Baker.
She was born in Memphis, TN, and overcame some challenging circumstances in her life before moving to the Bay Area in 1992. She became an ordained minister at the City of Refuge UCC in
San Francisco and served as the West Coast Regional
TransSaints Minister of the Fellowship of Affirming Ministries, and
Lay Minister at Transcending Transgender Ministries of CORUCC.
She was the lead singer of the world renowned all transgender member Transcendence Gospel Choir for a decade
I had the pleasure of meeting Min. Baker during the TransFaith in Color conference in Charlotte in July 2012, and we touched base with each other from time to time via Miss Major. .
Baker in addition to being a seminary student at the Pacific Religion School, was a sought after speaker and workshop leader. She worked for several Bay Area non profits as a peer advocate,
case manager, supportive housing manager, with certification as an HIV
Risk Assessment Counselor and Domiestic Violence Specialist.
Minster Bobbie Jean Baker will be missed by her ministerial colleagues in the trans faith ranks and all who loved and admired her in the Bay Area and beyond.
Rest in power and peace, sis.
As soon as I find out the details of what happened and the date, time and location of her homegoing service, I will pass them on to you.
TransGriot Update: According to Bishop Yvette Flunder's FB page, she
and Deacon Bobby Wiseman were struck by a hit and run driver after Watch
Night service. Deacon Bobby is in the hospital at present and
reasonably stable. Min. BobbieJean passed away at the scene of the accident.