About Pastor Ayers
Minister Danielle Ayers serves as the Minister of Justice at Friendship West Baptist Church in Dallas, TX. A 12,000 member house of worship under the leadership of Dr. Frederick D. Haynes, III. Ayers uses her gifts and talents to mobilize and organize around justice issues and movements.
Minister Ayers gives liberating leadership to the public policy and social activism initiatives at Friendship West. Ayers also serves as the Co-convener of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, a delegate of the Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race and on President Jimmy Carter’s New Baptist Covenant Advisory team.
Using her gifts and talents as Minister of Justice, Ayers mobilizes and organizes the church and community around various issues such as wrongful convictions, mass incarceration, predatory lending, zoning, food deserts, voting participation, legal resources and just restoration for Haiti to name a few. Ayers also lends her voice on panels around social issues and conducts workshops for developing justice ministries.
Ayers gives direction to the Justice Ministry which consist of the following essential impact areas: economic development; education; employment; legal; political action; environmental justice, technology, and youth. In addition, Minister Ayers provides leadership to the Village Co-op which consists of a community garden, a Fair Trade Justice program and a supply chain support for farmers.
Ayers holds a B.B.A. in Marketing from The University of Memphis and is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity at Brite Divinity School. Ayers is the co-author of To Serve This Present Age: Social Justice Ministers in the Black Church. Ayers is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.