Yet Alive is a project to publish resources for a Wesleyan faith that is LGBTQIA-affirming, progressive, and vibrant.
We aim to be resource for a robust faith that highlights the intersections of pan-Wesleyan heritage with contemporary applications, claiming LGBTQIA+-affirmation, and especially seeking to elevate voices that are historically on the margins of the church for reasons of race, ethnicity, class, nationality, disability, and gender identity. Even among affirming thinkers, Wesleyan theology gives us room for both orthodoxy and exploration, and the publication will lean on this theological diversity to highlight the richness of our tradition.
Cat Clyburn (they/them or she/her) is a student at Duke Divinity School working on an MDiv with a concentration in Food and Faith. They are from rural North Carolina. They have an abiding passion for growing a connection to land as a way to anchor an understanding of racial justice as we work towards reckoning with history.
Trevor Warren (he/him) is a is a media producer and certified candidate for ministry in the United Methodist Church on track to becoming an ordained elder. In 2014, he served as a college pastoral intern at St. John’s UMC in Houston under Pastors Rudy and Juanita Rasmus. More recently, Trevor was a speaker at the national conference UMC Lead in January of 2018 where he presented on the power of storytelling and the practical/theological reasons for why it should be utilized by the Church. He has also written articles and devotions for the UMC’s Young People’s Ministry as well as the website Ministry Matters. Currently, Trevor lives in Durham, NC where he attends Duke Divinity School as a student.
Dylan Parson, MDiv (he/him) is a provisional elder in the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the UMC, currently serving as senior pastor of a four-church charge in Pittsburgh.
Jenna DeWitt (she/her) is an aromantic asexual Methodist. She lives in sunny Southern California. Jenna earned a bachelor of arts in news-editorial journalism from Baylor University and has over a decade of experience working on Christian magazines.
HeeJun Yang (he/him) was born and raised in the Korean Methodist tradition, and now he is the pastor of a United Methodist church in North Carolina. He has his BTh degree from Methodist Theological University. He holds an MDiv and a ThM from Duke Divinity. He also recently earned his PhD in Philosophy of Religion from the University of Munster.
Ryan Wiggins (he/him) is an MDiv student at Wesley Theological Seminary. A lifelong Marylander, he has a BA in History from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a focus on early American Christianity. He is a candidate for ministry in the UMC and lay preacher.