I am an advocate for life. As a Womanist theologian, I am active in seeking empowerment and freedom for Black women and girls; on behalf of reproductive justice for women, and as an ally for LGBTQ people. Having been marginalized, I do not have it in my heart to push anyone aside.
In the mid-1990s, I created a Fort Worth organization with two aims: to break the stigma surrounding HIV in churches and to involve faith communities in education, services and advocacy. I later expanded FullProof HIV Ministry to Waco, Texas. Since its inception, FullProof HIV Ministry has educated nearly 10,000 people on HIV/AIDS.
I hold a B.A. in psychology from University of Houston, University Park Campus. Although I accept representation on very few cases, I am a practicing attorney, with a J.D. from the South Texas College of Law. While there, I was a co-founder of a chapter of the National Black Law Student Association and a national champion moot court participant. After law school graduation, I returned home to Waller County, Texas. My law practice in Hempstead, Texas and surrounding areas led to my historic candidacy (and election) as Waller County Attorney. The coalition of students and progressive voters that elected me to the office of County Attorney, the first African-American to hold the position in the United States of America, has not been replicated since. Unfortunately, I remain the first and only African-American elected to county-wide office in Waller County since reconstruction. I have just begun to process the many different experiences of that era. I will be sharing them via this blog.
When I felt the call to ministry, Rev. Dr. Joe Samuel Ratliff, pastor of Brentwood Baptist Church in Houston, Texas accepted me and allowed me to preach my first sermon. To say Dr. Ratliff affirmed my calling and my gifts would be an understatement. I have never met a pastor with such grace, generosity of spirit, or theological confidence. His words of welcome, “If you see something that can be done a better way at Brentwood, let’s do it! It doesn’t have to be broke for us to fix it.” How many pastors are strong enough to say that? Dr. Ratliff has remained coach, encourager and motivator since 2002, when I met him for the first time. Rev.Lillie Seals and Rev. C.Clay Pickens, both clergy on staff at Brentwood, have supported me as sisters in ministry.
I pastored in the United Methodist Church In Groesbeck and Waco, Texas for 7 years. Prior to that, I served as an associate/assistant minister at Greater St. Stephen First Church, McMillan UMC and Thompson Chapel UMC. The highlight of my ministry was creation of a ministry called WesleyKids. At it’s peak, we had multiple community partners, from Shepherd’s Heart Food Pantry, to Baylor University School of Social Work, to St. Albans Episcopal Church, and many more. We collaborated to give the children in that ministry a childhood; to see that they were never hungry, and to be paraclete with their parents as they took steps toward economic and emotional freedom. I was privileged to see mothers go to work and purchase automobiles; to enroll in college, and to take pride in their parenting.
Despite a diagnosis of stage 3b invasive breast cancer, I earned the Master of Theological Studies from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in 2012.
Now an ordained Baptist minister, I am an itinerant preacher and associate minister at Brentwood Baptist Church in Houston, Texas; a member of JustTexas, Faith Voices for Reproductive Justice, and a working member of both We Have Not Forgotten and Not.One.More, two initiatives aimed at addressing the vulnerability of women and girls. I am also a coach to female clergywomen and author of the blog, Notes from a Nappyheaded Woman.
I am proud to be Alexandria Jean Combs-Morgan’s mother and a breast cancer survivor. I plan to continue preaching, advocating and making trouble until God calls me home.