Kentina Washington Leapheart is the Director of Programs for Reproductive Justice and Sexuality Education at the Religious Institute. In this role, she combines her love for justice and education with her experience in pastoral care and chaplaincy. Her passion is helping communities of faith be thoughtful, courageous, and responsible in the care of their minds, bodies, and spirits. She brings to the Religious Institute experience in the areas of LGBTQ advocacy, reproductive justice, and sexual health.
A self-identified womanist queer laborer for the Jesus Project, Kentina earned her Master of Divinity degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in 2013. While at Garrett, Kentina was a Leadership Scholar and received awards for preaching and for her work advocating for the advancement of women in ministry. A former co-chair of the Garrett Black Seminarians organization, Kentina was recently recognized by the Center for the Church and the Black Experience as one of Garrett’s 45 Outstanding Alums.
A “second career” minister who followed the call to seminary after seven years working in the financial services field, Kentina has previously worked as a chaplain in hospital, hospice, and long-term care facilities. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio).