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2018 Keynote Speaker Bio


Our keynote speaker for 2018’s Family Matters Conference will be Naomi Washington-Leapheart, pictured.

Naomi Washington-Leapheart, a daughter of Detroit, is the Faith Work Director for the National LGBTQ Task Force, the country’s oldest national LGBTQ justice and equality group. In that role, she coordinates the Task Force’s public faith messaging and advocacy and leadership development work in faith communities. Naomi is also an adjunct professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University.

Before joining the Task Force, Naomi was a faith organizer for POWER, a multi-faith, multi-racial network of congregations in metro Philadelphia. She also served as Co-Pastor and Minister of Music at the Wisdom’s Table at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ. An ordained minister, she earned the Master of Divinity degree from Lancaster Theological Seminary in 2016 and is affiliated with the Fellowship of Affirming Ministries. Read her full bio here.

Naomi delights in singing with the Philadelphia Threshold Singers, a choir whose mission is to bring audible comfort and kindness at the bedsides of people living in hospice care. She is a board member of the Pennsylvania Religious Coalition for Reproductive Justice. In 2016, Naomi was invited to serve as a member of the Faith and Spiritual Affairs Advisory Board of the City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Disability Services. In 2017, she was appointed by Mayor John Kenney to the Philadelphia Commission on LGBT Affairs.

Naomi’s work is included in the volume, From Generation to Generation: A Commemorative Collection of African American Millennial Sermons from the Festival of Preachers 2010-2015 (Chalice Press, 2015). Her writing can also been seen on MediumReligion Dispatches, and Rewire.News. She regularly preaches and teaches in diverse faith communities around the country.

Naomi shares her life with her wife, Kentina, a chaplain and religious educator. Together, they are raising a curious, energetic, future Oscar-winning middle-schooler.

Register now for the 2018 PFP Conference.