Brenda Walker is a retired pastor with thirty-seven years experience serving PC(USA) congregations, most recently in Richmond, Virginia. She earned her B.A. from Stetson University, her M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary and her D.Min. from Columbia Theological Seminary and is currently a student in the MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte. Since retiring from congregational ministry in 2018, her focus is on helping organizations become informed advocates and safe spaces for transgender people and their loved ones. Her forthcoming memoir tells of her transformation into a trans ally as she discovered that her oldest sibling, Martine, who died in 1982 under mysterious circumstances, was transgender.
Among her publications are three Op-Eds for the Richmond Times-Dispatch and an opinion piece for Al.com, the digital media resource for the state of Alabama. Her poem, "Sun Day Blessing" appeared in the Virginia Writers Club Journal in the summer issue, 2021. Her writing has also appeared in The Presbyterian Outlook, Life in 10 Minutes Project, and the Pandemic Diaries section of midcenturymodernmag.com, and Boomer Magazine.
Brenda maintains a blog at pastorbrendawalker.com and welcomes conversation around support for transgender people and their loved ones and other topics of interest to her readers.