Kentina Washington-Leapheart

Kentina Washington-Leapheart is the Director of Programs for Reproductive Justice and Sexuality Education at the Religious Institute. In this role, she combines her love for justice and education with her experience in pastoral care and chaplaincy and she journeys alongside multifaith clergy, seminarians, and communities of faith be thoughtful, courageous, and responsible in the care of their minds, bodies, and spirits . A self-identified queer womanist follower of many paths including the Way of Jesus, Kentina earned her Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Miami University (Oxford, OH) in 2002 and Master of Divinity degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in 2013. While at Garrett, Kentina was a Leadership Scholar and received awards for preaching and for her work advocating for the advancement of women in ministry. A former co-chair of the Garrett Black Seminarians organization, Kentina was recently recognized by the Center for the Church and the Black Experience as one of Garrett’s 45 Outstanding Alums. A “second career” religious professional who followed the call to seminary after seven years working in the financial services field, Kentina has worked for several years in various clinical settings as a chaplain before transitioning into her current role at the Religious Institute. In addition to her role at the Religious Institute, Kentina volunteers her time in community nonprofit organizations that are engaged in work around maternal/child health and faith, in addition to spending time giving back to her local NPR/PBS affiliate and engaging in service with her sorority graduate chapter. Kentina derives deep joy from her primary ministry – caring for her family. She and her wife Rev. Naomi Washington-Leapheart reside in Philadelphia with their tween daughter Sophia.

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