Rev. Alexis Vaughan serves as Justice Coordinator for the NBA. Her work involves nurturing engagement strategies with the NBA and its partners to transform root causes of social injustice as well as furthering NBA’s issue-based advocacy efforts. At her core, Alexis is a storyteller and believes stories are what bind people together and inspire us to embrace new ways of being. This led her to pursue a career in ministry and community organizing. Prior to joining the NBA, Alexis pastored two United Church of Christ congregations in the Washington DC metropolitan area where she worked closely with the Disciples of Christ’s Refugee and Immigration Ministries and the Capital Area region. Alexis is an alumna of Duke University and the University of Chicago Divinity School. She is a former House Scholar of Disciples Divinity House of the University of Chicago. She enjoys exploring the outdoors and watching tennis and basketball.
Getting to Know Alexis
Why do you feel “called to care” about Disciples health and social service ministry?
I believe that we are created in the image of a relational God and therefore are made more whole when we care for others. Ministry can be lonely and isolating in many ways. I appreciate all that the NBA is doing to name and nurture the need for connection and wellness across the denomination.
Who is a hero of yours, and why?
Rafael Nadal, the GOAT (greatest of all time) of men’s tennis (you will never convince me otherwise.) The way he fights for every point but doesn’t make winning the defining aspect of his personhood has always inspired me to work hard and enjoy this life, to grieve my losses and not become them.
If I tried to find you in a supermarket, what aisle would you be in?
For me, grocery shopping is one of life’s most painful chores. If I must do it then you’ll likely find me in the ice cream aisle making my efforts worthwhile!