Originally from South Carolina, Cody previously served on ministerial staff in congregations in North Carolina and Georgia and most recently as the Assistant Minister for Pastoral Care at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis, California. He also trained as a counselor in a residential psychiatric treatment facility in Atlanta, Georgia, and a pastoral counseling center in Dallas, Texas, and has experience in both hospital and community chaplaincy.
Cody earned the Ph.D. in pastoral theology and pastoral counseling from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. His dissertation was titled, “Re-Visioning the Care of Souls: The Praxis of Pastoral Care in the Context of LGBTQ Suicide.” He earned the M.Div. from the McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia, the M.S. in community counseling from Mercer, and the B.A. in religious studies and psychology from Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina.
Cody is the author of Queer Lessons for Churches on the Straight and Narrow: What All Christians Can Learn from LGBTQ Lives (Faithlab, 2013), winner of the National Bronze Medal for Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans Non-Fiction in the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards, coauthor of Microaggressions in Ministry: Confronting the Hidden Violence of Everyday Church (Westminster John Knox, 2015), and editor of Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth: A Resource for Congregations on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America, 2013). He has authored theological journal articles addressing the intersection of sexuality, justice, and Christian faith in journals such as Theology & Sexuality and Pastoral Psychology, as well as social science journals such as The Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling. His public theological writings appear in The Huffington Post, Religion Dispatches, Believe Out Loud, and Baptist News Global.
Cody co-coordinates the Racial Justice and Multiculturalism Community within the Alliance of Baptists and serves on the boards of the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America and the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists.