Cody J. Sanders

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Cody J. Sanders

Affiliated Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology and Chaplaincy Studies

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The Rev. Cody J. Sanders, Ph.D., is the pastor to Old Cambridge Baptist Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he also serves as American Baptist Chaplain to Harvard University and Advisor for LGBTQ+ Affairs in the Office of Religious, Spiritual, and Ethical Life at MIT. He is a pastoral theologian with teaching and research interests in the areas of LGBTQIA pastoral care and counseling, death and dying, corpse care and natural burial, narrative therapeutic theory, and practical theological approaches to care in the Anthropocene.


In addition to his teaching at Chicago Theological Seminary, Dr. Sanders has also taught courses in pastoral care and counseling at Andover Newton Theological School, Fordham University, and Brite Divinity School. He serves as a Faculty Advisor in the International Diploma Program in Social Construction and Professional Practice at the Taos Institute and as an Andover Newton Fellow at Andover Newton Seminary at Yale Divinity School.


  • BA, Gardner-Webb University, 2005
  • MS, Mercer University, 2009
  • MDiv, McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University, 2009
  • PhD, Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University, 2015

Sample Courses:

  • Pastoral Care & LGBTQ Experience
  • Death, Dying, and the Dead
  • A Practical Theology of the Corpse
  • Christianity, LGBTQ Suicide, and the Souls of Queer Folk


  • Christianity, LGBTQ Suicide, and the Souls of Queer Folk (Lexington Books, 2020)
  • A Brief Guide to Ministry with LGBTQIA Youth (Westminster John Knox Press, 2017)
  • Co-editor with Michael-Ray Mathews and Marie C. Onwubuariri, Trouble the Waters: A Christian Resource for the Work of Racial Justice (Nurturing Faith, 2017)
  • Co-author with Angela Yarber, Microaggressions in Ministry: Confronting the Hidden Violence of Everyday Church (Westminster John Knox Press, 2015)
  • Queer Lessons for Churches on the Straight and Narrow: What All Christians Can Learn from LGBTQ Lives (FaithLab, 2013)