Deborah is traveling the country speaking about her book, Rescuing Jesus: How People of Color, Women and Queer Christians are Reclaiming Evangelicalism and related evangelical, religious and social issues; she is also speaking about journalism, memoir, media, breaking into the writing world and a wide range of subjects at conferences and campuses nationwide.

Invite Deborah to speak at your college, conference, church, youth group, Bible study, campus ministry, writer's group or other event by contacting her publicist Gretchen Crary,, (212)255-2034 or contact the author directly at

Deborah can speak to your group about issues related to:

  • One Book, One Church
  • The future of Christianity in America
  • The intersection of racial justice, feminist and LGBTQ movements with evangelicalism
  • Progressive evangelical history and evangelical social justice movements today
  • Fundamentalism
  • Why millennials are leaving the church and how the church can respond
  • Reconciliation and peace
  • Journalism (longform, immersion journalism, news writing, memoir, international reporting)
  • Book writing, from idea and proposal to reporting and writing
  • Interviewing skills
  • Careers and life

Past events:

Eastern Mennonite University - chapel speaker, "Spiritually Grounded," February 2017

Binderconpanel speaker, "Jumpstarting Journalism in the Midwest," October 31, 2016

University of Illinois at Chicago, The Inclusive Collective, speaker, "Rescuing Jesus," October 2016

The Reformation Projectworkshop speaker, "Healing Through Storytelling," October 2016

Why Christian? panel speaker, “Surviving the Faith Fall: A Conversation on Community, Exile, & Healing,” September 2016

OPEN Faith Conference, workshop speaker, "Healing Through Storytelling," September 2016

Urban Village Church, panel speaker and co-organizer, "One Book, One Church Celebration Panel," August 2016

Urban Village Church, webinar moderator/speaker, “One Book, One Church,” “Healing from Spiritual Abuse,” “Identity: Learning to Love Yourself,” May 2016, June 2016, July 2016

University of Mary Washington, speaker, “Long-form journalism and reporting from the margins,” April 11, 2016

Harvard Divinity School, speaker, "Faith from the margins," April 13, 2016

Level Ground Film Festival, speaker, “Rescuing Jesus and Healing American Evangelicalism After the Culture Wars,” February 2016

Seattle University Search For Meaning Book Festival, speaker, “Writing Through Doubt,” February 2016

Sappho’s Salon at Women & Children First Bookstore, speaker, “Queer Evangelical Activism,” January 2016

Gay Christian Network, panelist, “Why Does Intersectionality Matter to the Church? Connecting Our Stories and Communities for Diversity and Justice," January 2016

American Academy of Religion, speaker and panel moderator, “Progress and Perils in the Queer-Evangelical Sea Change,” November 2015

Barnes & Noble, speaker, Rescuing Jesus book launch, November 2015

Believe Out Loud, featured speaker, “Rescuing Jesus and the future of American Evangelicalism,” November 2015

BinderCon, panel moderator and panelist, “Balancing Acts: Writing Political Themes Through Personal Stories,” November 2015

Chicago Writers Conference, speaker and panelist, “Break Into Newspapers and Magazines,” September 2015