There is a lot of discussion in the Church today about ministry to sexual minorities, but what does ministry with sexual minorities look like? How can we provide helpful pastoral care while encouraging sexual minorities to discover ways in which they too can love and serve in their churches? What role is there for the unique experiences and gifts that sexual minorities bring to the table? How do we live in the difficulty that comes from being gay and Christian while serving our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ as a living testaments of the work of the Holy Spirit?
Join Stephen and Christina—who are both actively involved in fostering supportive community for sexual minority Christians in the St. Louis area—as we discuss a community-based ministry model that provides compassionate, biblically-based care to sexual minorities (the “not yet” reality of the world we live in) while also encouraging and equipping sexual minorities for their own ministries and callings in the Church and world (“already” Kingdom living).
For the past 17 years, Christina has learned much about herself as someone who left a lesbian relationship for a Christian, single life. After a few years of group therapy to help dig through the past, she decided she was being called to serve and listen to other women trying to work through their understanding of Scripture and their same-sex attractions. In 2009, she joined the Board of Directors for FirstLight Ministries and continues to serve today. She also serves as a founding board member for Revoice. She lives in the South City neighborhood of St. Louis with her 2 dogs, Pallu and Milo. She enjoys hanging out with her dogs, hiking, fishing, traveling, and working on house projects.
Stephen was born and raised in Panama City, Florida, and graduated from Samford University with a BA in Journalism & Mass Communication. After college, he moved to Knoxville where he served on staff with Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) at the University of Tennessee. Stephen moved to St. Louis in 2013 to be begin studies at Covenant Theological Seminary, where he graduated with a Master of Divinity in 2016. The following year, Stephen accepted a position with FirstLight Ministries as Sexual Minority Ministry Coordinator.
Since first sharing his story publicly in 2013, Stephen has spoken and written about his experience as a Christian who is gay and celibate. Over the past few years, Stephen has played an active role in helping to build a vibrant, supportive, and edifying community for non-straight Christians in the St. Louis area.
Stephen lives in the DeBaliviere Place neighborhood of St. Louis, just north of the beautiful Forest Park. He enjoys hiking, sharing good food with friends, and spreadsheets.