Remembering CMS Student Bobbi Jean Baker

February 5, 2014
Author: 
Marvin K. White

Minister Bobbie Jean Baker (March 20th, 1964 – January 1st, 2014)

Many people across the church, public health, social justice, arts, & LGBT communities, as well as distant witnesses, are mourning the loss of Minister Bobbie Jean Baker, who was killed in a hit and run car crash in the early morning of January 1st, 2014.

Bobbie Jean’s hugs and affirmations were legendary. She was quick to love. She was a tough and tender leader whose praise and singing voice transported you to the American South. She was bold in confessing her Christianity, and driven to use her life as model for everyone who thought that their past would prevent them from “the promise” of a brighter future.

Born in Memphis, TN, Bobbie Jean overcame many challenges in her life before moving to the Bay Area in 1992. By 2001 she became an usher at the City of Refuge UCC in San Francisco, an adjutant to Bishop Yvette Flunder, a minister in training and served as the West Coast Regional TransSaints Minister of the Fellowship of Affirming Ministries. She was proudly a Lay Minister at Transcending Transgender Ministries of CORUCC and was the lead singer of the world-renowned all-transgender chorus Transcendence Gospel Choir for a decade.

In addition to being a seminary student at the Pacific Religion School, Bobbie Jean was a sought-after speaker and workshop leader. She worked for several Bay Area non-profits as a peer advocate, case manager, supportive housing manager with certification as an HIV Risk Assessment Counselor, and Domestic Violence Specialist.

She will be missed by a wide faith, community, friendship, and kinship circle in the Bay Area and beyond.