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UPDATE: Trans Pastor Seeks $200K in Damages for Being Fired After Coming Out

Pastor Joplin’s Background

Joplin says she decided at age 11 that she wanted to preach; she also started thinking she was female around this time. Joplin has been serving as a pastor for several years now. She lived in Richmond, Virginia for 12 years, went to seminary there, and also had her first pastorate in that city. 

As far as the decision to be known as Junia, Joplin explained the idea came from Scripture. In Romans, the Apostle Junia is mentioned. Joplin ascribes to the belief that the name Junia has been misinterpreted for centuries by Bible translators who saw the name in the Greek text “and thought there couldn’t possibly have been a female apostle, and so they made up a name that really didn’t exist. They put an ‘s’ on the end of it—Junias.” Joplin says she identifies with Junia because she “is a Christian leader who has had to assert her womanhood, her femininity across the ages.” 

Despite the sadness she feels over being fired by her congregation, Joplin still has great appreciation for the Baptist church and would like to continue working in congregational ministry if possible. 

In the meantime, she has received several invitations to be a guest preacher for a handful of churches in the U.S., as well as an invitation from a rabbi in St. Louis. 

Joplin is scheduled to preach via live stream for St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, Louisiana on Sunday, July 26th. It will be the first sermon she preaches in her newfound identity.

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