Rev. Benjamin Reynolds
Dean of Students
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
First Church of the Brethren
Rev. Benjamin Reynolds is currently serving at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston as Dean of Students and as the Transitional Pastor for the historic First Church of the Brethren on Chicago’s West Side.
A native of Colorado Springs, Benjamin has spent nearly four decades in active ministry and believes that life is a series of calls and that we may have more than one calling over the course of our lives. He feels the purposes of his calling are yet ahead of him.
He has become established for his activism and organizing around issues of equality, access, and community dialogue; serving as Director of the LGBTQ Religious Studies Center at Chicago Theological Seminary; Director of Faith Communities for Illinois Unites for Marriage Equality campaign; and lead consultant for the Table to Action Project, bringing Chicago’s diverse community of religious, academic and moral leaders together for dialogue and collaboration to build a stronger ecumenical community in the city.
Benjamin takes the position that “race and sexuality (and gender and class) are co-constitutive in our life; however, over and over again we find members of the community placing anti-racist work in conflict with the struggle for LGBTQ inclusion.” Ordained American Baptist, Benjamin has standing in the United Church of Christ.