Rev. J. R. Finney, II, is the Senior Pastor of Covenant Community Church, UCC, Birmingham, Alabama, where he has served since September 2000. Affectionately known as “Pastor J. R.,” Rev. Finney’s career includes service in the United States Air Force, where he attained the rank of sergeant; employment as an accountant with the Memphis Light, Gas, and Water Company, Memphis, Tennessee; and Section Chief of Financial Compliance, Hazardous Waste Division, Region Four, for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Atlanta, Georgia. Rev. Finney’s career at the EPA spanned 17 years and he was serving as president of the National Treasurers Employees Union, Local 276, at the time he accepted his current position at Covenant Community Church. Covenant Community Church ministers to a predominantly LGBTQ congregation in Birmingham and Central Alabama.