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Resume - Rev. Dr. Chris Ayers

I have mixed feelings about sharing my resume with you.  God, it seems to me, has a long history of using the worst possible people to do stuff.  On the other hand, when people turn their bodies/health over to doctors/surgeons they want to be assured the doctor has the experience and skills necessary to help them.  In the same vein, before joining a church an individual wants to know the Pastor will provide the care and instruction that is necessary.  

Even more important than learning about me and getting to know me is becoming familiar with the Wedgewood faith community.  At Wedgewood, we like to stress that everyone is a teacher and everyone is a student. The best way to do that is to:  1) worship with us, 2) get on one of our mission teams, 3) go out to eat with us after worship (which we do every Sunday except for Sundays on which we have meals in our fellowship hall), and 4) explore our website.  

With all the above in mind, I offer my resume to people interested in visiting Wedgewood or becoming Wedgewoodians.  

PERSONAL:            

Birthday:        

July 9, 1958

Spouse:          

Vicky Willis Ayers

Interests:        

Photography, astronomy/deep space photography, golf, early church history, text criticism, reading seminary type books authored by people from marginalized people, developing relationships with transgender people (Over the years I’ve been blessed with so many incredible transgender close friends.)

Licensed:        

Clemmons First Baptist Church, April 27, 1977

Ordained:       

Clemmons First Baptist Church, February 27, 1983  

WORK EXPERIENCE:

Co-Pastor, Wedgewood Church, Charlotte, NC, 2017 - present.  I didn’t think it was right for an old, white, heterosexual male to be the Pastor of a liberal church so I became a Co-Pastor.

Minister, Wedgewood Church, February 1989 - 2017.

Minister, Bethel Baptist Church, Chapel Hill (also known as Heaven), NC, August 1983 to January 1989.

EDUCATION:

Doctor of Ministry, Columbia Theological Seminary, 1997.  (4.0 out of 4.0)

Master of Theology, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1985. (4.0 out of 4.0)

Master of Divinity with Languages, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1982. ("A" average)

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1980.

AWARD:

J. Lake Williams Christian Ethics Award.  Presented by the faculty of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary to a student who has exhibited exceptional skill and promise in the study of Christian Ethics, 1983.

PASTORAL CARE:            

American Association of Pastoral Counselors.  Reached Member level.           

Counselor, Charlotte Counseling Center, Charlotte, NC, 1996 to 1998.

Presbyterian Samaritan Counseling Center Training Program, Charlotte, NC, 1992 to 1994. 

PUBLICATIONS:

“Thank God for Love and Lust,” Qnotes, February 9, 2018

https://goqnotes.com/57988/thank-god-for-love-and-lust/

“Drag Queens and the Bobbittizing of God, Qnotes, February 10, 2017.

https://goqnotes.com/49643/drag-queens-and-the-bobbittizing-of-god/

“God, Thongs and Sex,” Qnotes,  May 6, 2016.

https://goqnotes.com/43610/god-thongs-and-sex/

“Transgender Lives,” New York Times, 2015.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/opinion/transgender-today/stories/rev-dr-chris-ayers

"Homosexuality Is Not A Sin: The Christian Education of a Baptist Minister" in Opposing Viewpoints: Homosexuality, 2013.

Fuse, Why We Shouldn't Talk About Same Sex Marriage, 2011

http://www.fusemagazine.com.au/index.php/regulars/op-ed/2155-why-we-shouldnt-talk-about-same-sex-marriage

Fuse, My Transgender Fantasy, 2010 

http://content.yudu.com/Library/A1o5rk/FUSE12BigBirthdayand/resources/18.htm

Fuse, No Way To Clean It (the Bible) Up, April 2010 

http://content.yudu.com/Library/A1o5t6/FUSE13TheGaySpiritua/resources/38.htm

Gay Marriage Not Defeated, 2009

http://www.progressivechristianity.org/library/article.cfm?library_id=61

Thank God we have a godless Constitution, Charlotte Observer, 2005

Homosexuality Is Not A Sin: The Christian Education of a Baptist Minister, Charlotte Observer, 2004

Just the Person for Church Leadership, Charlotte Observer

Is It Possible for a Preacher to be too Popular?, Charlotte Observer

July 4th: A Dangerous Day for Christians, Charlotte Observer

Beware of Christian Herods, Charlotte Observer

Reflections, Smyth & Helwys, 7 devotions, April 1997.

“Show Compassion to People who have AIDS” Baptists Today, January 23, 1977.

Reflections, Smyth & Helwys, 7 devotions, December 1995.

Reflections, Smyth & Helwys, 7 devotions, May 1994.

Formations, Smyth & Helwys, 7 Sunday School lessons, April/May 1993.

Formations, Smyth & Helwys,  Sunday School lesson, March 22, 1993.

Founder, editor, Liberal Lectionary Resources, stopped in 2015, but God may be leading me to crank this back up.

http://liberallectionaryresources.com/

Listed on The Biblioblog Top 50

http://biblioblogtop50.wordpress.com/biblioblogs/

DOCTOR OF MINISTRY DISSERTATION

Reclaiming The Eucharist: The Church and the Ritual

MASTER OF THEOLOGY THESIS

Protestant Uses of the Bible in Contemporary Christian Ethics: A Methodological Study

MINISTRY INVOLVEMENT (among other):

Clergy For Equality Leadership Council, 2011. Sunday School Teacher, Hope Chapel for the Homeless, 1989 to 2010. Prison Sponsorship program, 1992.  Relationship with ex-convict until 2018 when my dear friend died. Regional AIDS Interfaith Care Team, 1996 to 2004. Room In The Inn ministry, 1999 to present. Board member, Metrolina AIDS Project, May 2004 to Dec. 2007.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Founder/Administrator of Charlotte Tesla Owners/Enthusiasts Facebook group, 2014 – present.