Transgender Professor Will Leave Azusa Pacific

October 7, 2013

Adam Ackley and Azusa Pacific University jointly announced on Friday that he would be leaving his position at the university. Ackley has taught theology at Azusa Pacific for 15 years, and until recently he did so as a woman. When he revealed that he was transgender and had transitioned to become a man, officials at the Christian university questioned whether he could stay. Students and others have rallied around Ackley. The joint statement said: "Dr. Ackley and university leadership have engaged in thoughtful conversations regarding Dr. Ackley’s continued employment at APU and recognized that they have different views on the theology of human sexuality. While we appreciate Dr. Ackley’s past service and pray God’s best for the journey ahead, we have reached a mutual agreement that recognizes it would be best for Dr. Ackley to pursue professional endeavors elsewhere.”


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