United Theological Seminary Prophetic Preaching and Praxis DMin Student: Portfolio for "Danny" Anthony Everett

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Contact information/email: daeverett1@united.edu ~phone: +1 (859) 293-5873~Twitter: @RevDAEverettLinks to an external site..~ Facebook: Reverend D. Anthony EverettLinks to an external site.

"Danny" Anthony Everett is the president of Nia Urban Ministries Inc. and the lead pastor of Wesley United Methodist Church in Lexington, Kentucky.  As a preacher, pastor, public servant, lecturer, and Christian social activist, Everett is a passionate advocate for human rights and issues of social justice. 

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Featured in the United Methodist Interpreter Magazine as a criminal justice clergy person, Everett has advocated at the local, state, and national levels for sentencing and criminal justice reform legislation.  For the cause of social justice, he has been outspoken at Lexington City Council meetings, the Commonwealth of Kentucky legislative sessions, Kentucky Commission on Human Rights hearings, Fayette County School District meetings, meetings in the offices of Kentucky's congressional representatives including US Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, and meetings with President Obama administration representatives at the White House.

Everett has been a guest talking about the church and social justice on the Kentucky Educational Television's Connections with Renee Shaw and has been a frequent contributor to the Lexington Herald-Leader's Question of Faith column as well as the Key News Journal addressing issues such as poverty, gun violence, peace with justice, homelessness, immigrant rights, access to healthcare, workers' justice, academic achievement gaps, eradication of the death penalty, and returning citizen's rights.  During the 2016 Kentucky Legislative Session, he was a co-representative from the Kentucky Council of Churches to the Kentucky Smart on Crime Coalition which was effective in advocating for a first of its kind expungement law that would eliminate several Class-D felony charges from the records of many individuals and promote sentencing reform.

Everett holds a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from Paul Quinn College, magna cum laude, and a Master of Divinity degree with Urban Ministry and the National Plan for Hispanic-Latino Ministry Pastor Training Certifications from the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University where he serves as a member of the executive board.  He is a Doctor of Ministry student at United Theological Seminary in the Prophetic Preaching and Praxis focus group.

He also serves on the board of the Kentucky Council of Churches and was appointed by the governor as an at-large Commissioner and serves as vice chair of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights. Prior to ministry, Reverend Everett was an executive with EDS Corporation (now DXC Technology) for 19 years.

A sought-after preacher and lecturer, Everett has made numerous presentations before church, civic, and collegiate bodies.  He has organized around social justice issues of civil and human rights, education equity, economic sustainability to end poverty, refugee and immigrant justice, human trafficking, LGBTQ rights and heteronormativity, peace justice, accessible healthcare for all, voting rights, religious freedom, and environmental justice from the lens of intersectionality.  An outspoken accomplice/ally with the LGBTQ community, Everett has received the 2016 Ally Awards from Lexington Fairness and Bluegrass Black Pride.

Everett loves to travel.  He has traveled throughout North America, Central America, the Caribbean and to 35 of the 50 states in the United States as well as two U.S. Territories - St. Thomas and Puerto Rico.  The countries he has visited include Mexico, Canada, Trinidad and Tobago, the Dominican Republic, Panama, the Bahamas, Costa Rica, and Honduras.  He has also visited the British overseas territory of Grand Cayman.

Born in Washington, D.C., Everett is married to Dr. Angelique Clay Everett, an internationally acclaimed soprano soloist for the American Spiritual Ensemble and Associate Professor of Voice at the University of Kentucky School of Music.  They reside in Lexington, Kentucky as an empty nest blended family with four adult children and one grand child.

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