Reverence Meets RuPaul: Seminary Student's Drag Queen Persona Makes Splash At Church 

Geoff Dankert
May 31, 2019 - 3:53 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A seminary student in Chicago is drawing worshippers to churches around the area — through the transformative powers of drag.

Joshua Hundl is working toward his Master's degree at Chicago Theological Seminary, and has lived in faith for much of his life: His father was a youth pastor and his mother was a lay worker in his Assemblies of God parish in his hometown of Houston.

But at nights and some Sundays, he becomes "Dyna with a D" ... a drag performer who brings the funny with a side of faith. 

"I look like some kindergartener thought me up and I appeared," Hundl said of his aesthetic, which is heavy on black eyeliner and cartoonish details. 

For years, his drag persona was separate from his journey through faith — until last February, when the pastor of Urban Village Church Wicker Park invited him to join a panel of drag artists to perform, and talk about their lives: "what motivates us to do drag, what have our stories been with faith, and how are the two connected."

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For people accustomed to thinking of drag as being an exaggerated play on gender as seen on the stage of Chicago's Baton Show Lounge or on TV's "RuPaul's Drag Race," Hundl said drag as he practices it is consistent with the faith he uses to guide his life.

"(It's) a a celebration of joy and of beauty and of all these things ... and to me that was a very deeply spiritual act," Hundl said. If you're doing drag correctly, I feel like it really reveals who you are underneath everything."

And he even sees inspiration for his art form in the Bible: "There's a verse that says to make a loud and joyful noise before the Lord. And let me tell you, there's nothing more loud and nothing more joyful than a drag queen."

Joshua Hundl's alter ego "Dyna with a D" is set to appear this Sunday, June 2 at 10:30 a.m. for a special "Drag Pride" service at Holy Covenant United Methodist Church, 925 W. Diversey Prkwy.