Rev. Anderson of RI State Council of Churches Is Transgender

May 14, 2018

Rev. Don Anderson.
Credit Rhode Island State Council of Churches

Rev. Anderson, executive minister of the Rhode Island State Council of Churches, is taking a three-month sabbatical to continue to transition to being a woman, council president Chontell Washington announced in a news release.

Anderson, who has been executive minister of the council, which is made up of mainline Protestant denominations, informed the council Governing Board last fall that she is transgender and is transitioning.

Anderson’s sabbatical begins June 1. “The council is appreciative of Dr. Anderson’s ministry and is totally supportive of her transition,’ said the statement.

Anderson will change her name from Donald to Donnie. She will return as executive minister in September.