Rev. Alaina Cobb is a Mother, Minister, Theologian, Activist, Author, Poet, Trans Woman, Anarchist, Mystic, and Anti-Fascist.
Raised in fundamentalist Pentecostalism, as a young girl she began a lifelong obsession with theology in her quest to understand who she was and how her transness and bisexuality fit into her faith. Upon transitioning she realized the startling lack of pastoral care and affirming faith resources for her community and pursued ordination as a way to serve those who could never feel safe within the bounds of the traditional church.
Rev. Alaina now serves as the Interfaith Pastor and Director of Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center in Chattanooga TN. A community of activists, artists, and people of many faiths; Mercy Junction serves queer folk, sex workers, the unhoused, and the poor as we seek to express love for all by building a sacred framework for social justice in the Southeast.
She serves as the Co-Chair of the Leadership council of her ordaining body, the Progressive Christian Alliance, is the founder of the Transgender Crisis Ministry Network, and serves on the board of Launch Pad, a volunteer-based initiative which strives to provide street free sleep to youth between the ages of 18-24 with a focus on being affirming and welcoming to LGBTQ youth in Nashville.
She has previously served as a Tri-Chair for the Poor People’s Campaign of Tennessee and has worked extensively with various anti-fascist organizations to combat the increased presence of white supremacist groups within her home state, and preaches from the lens of Queer Liberation Theology.
Her first book of poetry and prose “The Gods of Purgatory” is currently available while her latest “Abandon” is forthcoming.