The Rev. Dr. Phiwa Langeni

Ambassador for Innovation & Engagement

As a queer, Black, trans person from an immigrant family, the Rev. Dr. Phiwa Langeni is quite skilled at detecting and decreasing various societal gaps, especially with/for those with multiple minoritized identities. Since ordination in 2011, Phiwa has served in just about every local church setting possible: a thriving progressive church, multi-charge rural churches, a large suburban church, small churches deeply rooted in political and social justice, and a new church start/nonprofit hybrid. They currently serve as the Ambassador for Innovation & Engagement, and the Founding Director of the Data Beta School.

Phiwa is also the owner of a few small creative businesses, including their adventures in fashion design. They solo parent an adult daughter who challenges them in brilliance and beauty. In their free time, Phiwa enjoys reading, upcycling, 90s R&B, dad jokes, and creating all manner of things. Like vibranium in fictional Wakanda, creativity is inextricably woven into Phiwa’s existence, strength, and wisdom. 

The Rev. Dr. Phiwa Langeni in front of a rainbow doodled background