Meet The Team

We are small but we are mighty!

 
 
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Crystal Cheatham, Creator & CEO

Crystal Cheatham received her MFA from Antioch University. She is an LGBTQ rights activist with a focus on religious liberty. Since 2011 Crystal has worked simultaneously as a ghostwriter and queer rights activist with groups such as Soulforce and the Attic Youth Center. As an entrepreneur Crystal is the founder of two projects: Follow the Red Balloon and The IDentity Kit, both of which provided resources for marginalized communities of faith.  As an outspoken activist she has written for The Huffington Post on the intersections of faith and sexual identity, a faith and spirituality column for the Philadelphia Gay Newspaper, sat on the steering committee of the HRC as the Faith & Spirituality chair, and partnered with Equality PA to influence clergy to support non-discrimination legislation. She is the host of Lord Have Mercy, a podcast about God, sex and the bible, and has been featured in TeenVogue, Autostraddle, and LGBTQNation amongst others.

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Rodney Mckenzie, library curator

Rodney McKenzie, Jr. is an experienced community organizer, movement leader and out person of faith who has over fifteen years of experience fighting for grassroots political power in marginalized communities.  Rodney is currently the Partnership Director at Dēmos, a public policy organization that fights for an equal say and an equal chance for all people. Before joining Dēmos, Rodney was the Director of the Academy for Leadership and Action at the National LGBTQ Task Force, where he led the grassroots organizing strategy that focused on faith organizing across the country. His work at the Task Force focused on disrupting the national narrative that LGBTQ people aren’t people of faith and that people of faith don’t support LGBTQ equality. Earlier in his career, Rodney was the Spiritual Director and Co-Creator of Expansion Church, where his leadership focused on the intersection of community organizing and radical spirituality in the public square. He also served as Executive Director of Resource Generation and the first Coordinating Director for the Pushback Network. At Pushback he coordinated a state based network that centered it’s time and resources on building grassroots political power through community organizing and voter engagement. Rodney holds a Master of Divinity from the Union Theological Seminary. By putting James Baldwin, Audre Lorde, Essex Hemphill and the Apostle Paul in conversation, his theological work challenges how theology and LGBTQI politics approaches the intersection of race, class and sexuality through a radical faith frame. Rodney currently lives in Washington, DC. 

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Oliver Cheatham, Marketing Director

Oliver Cheatham studied marketing at West Chester University. As an entrepreneur, he founded his own consulting firm and worked for such agencies as Premier Luxury Rentals, Animal Care Training Services, Eat4Peace and Magnum. From 2013-2017 Oliver led the Marketing Programs and Design Projects at Bolt Digital. He skillfully provided creative direction by working with art directors to bridge creative and strategic goals and led marketing and creative teams across all facets of planning, strategy, and execution stages. As the director he was in charge of proposing and developing all marketing strategies for clients, leading the company into its most prosperous years.

 

Eliel Cruz, PR & COmmunications Director

Eliel Cruz is the former Executive Director of Faith In America, an organization dedicated to ending religious based bigotry towards LGBTQ people. He has worked on the intersections of faith, sexuality, and gender for five years. Cruz is a prolific speaker and writer on religion, LGBTQ issues with an emphasis on bisexuality, and culture as seen in the Huffington Post, Upworthy, NBC, Mic News, Teen Vogue, Esquire, Daily Dot, Everyday Feminism, Washington Post, Sojourners, DETAILS, Quartz, and Rolling Stone. He's the co-founder and former president of Intercollegiate Adventist Gay-Straight Alliance Coalition, an organization that advocates for safe spaces for LGBTQ students at Seventh-day Adventist colleges. He has a BBA & BA in International Business and French Studies from Andrews University.

 

Sophia Olkhova, Editor in Chief

Sophia Olkhova is a Russia-born, Florida-raised agnostic, and an English teacher, writer, and editor with a BA in anthropology from Hampshire College. To her own surprise, she found herself injected into the Philadelphia start-up scene, and after forays into editing and recruitment for Zoomer Delivery and Nuele Hair Care, she discovered Our Bible App and fell in love with its mission. The community it seeks to cultivate, inclusive of anyone on any spiritual spectrum, is a cause deeply meaningful to Sophia, who has worked with JQ International mentoring queer Jewish teenagers grappling with their spirituality and other identities. While she never expected to find herself helping to build a Christian organization, its very inclusiveness of her is what she is excited to help extend to the community at large as Editor in Chief.