Pastoral Care

Are you lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or trying to sort out questions related to your sexual orientation or gender identity as it relates to your faith?  Or are you a family member (such as parent) of someone who is LGBT?  Would you like to talk individually with a pastor?  The following pastors in West Michigan would be happy to set up an appointment with you.

Rev. David Baak
Westminster Presbyterian Church
47 Jefferson St. SE
Grand Rapids MI 49503

The Very Rev. Jared C. Cramer, SCP
St. John’s Episcopal Church
524 Washington, Grand Haven, MI 49417
Dean, Lakeshore Deanery of the Diocese of Western Michigan

Rev. Dale Hotelling
White Pines United Methodist Church
6555 Jupiter Ave. NE
Belmont, MI 49306

Rev. Jim Lucas
Chaplain, Gays In Faith Together (GIFT)
207 East Fulton St.
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Rev. Bill Lyons
St. John’s United Church of Christ
1934 Bridge St. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Rev. Steph Maxson
Reconciliation Metropolitan Community Church
3864 Benjamin Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Rev. Chandler Stokes
Westminster Presbyterian Church
47 Jefferson St. SE
Grand Rapids MI 49503

Rev. Doug Van Doren
Plymouth United Church of Christ
4010 Kalamazoo St. SE
Grand Rapids MI 49508

Rev. Mike Wernick
Rev. Wernick is pastor of two churches:
Ascension Lutheran Church (ELCA)
2627 44th St. SE
Kentwood, MI 49512


Holy Cross Episcopal Church
4252 Breton Road SE
Kentwood, MI 49512

Faith & Sexuality Series: Engaging our Sacred Texts

Join us for a Faith & Sexuality Series during our GRITS adult meetings on Wednesday evenings during the month of February. This series will be lead by Gregory Eran Gronbacher, a gay Jewish man with a passion for theological study and discourse.

We will be encouraged to engage the Scriptures in new ways and glean from the perspectives of one another. This series is sponsored by the Gay Christian? Yes! campaign and GIFT. It is free and open to the public!

Dates: 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, and 2/26
Time: 7-9pm
Location: 207 E. Fulton, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(Turn North onto Barclay, turn into the top parking lot and head down to the bottom parking lot. The door is closest to the sidewalk on Fulton.)

Identify. Tell me why. GCY!

Need to create your video? All it takes is a webcam and five minutes of your time.

Using YouTube (or another preferred video hosting site), you record a web or phone cam video of yourself. Just tell us who you are. LGBT+? Ally?

Tell me why.
Explain why the “Gay Christian? Yes!” message resonates with you. What is your story? How do you find yourself reconciling your spiritual walk, your involvement in a church community, and the various other aspects of your humanity? Allies too! What message of hope can you offer your Christian LGBT friends and neighbors?

Affirm that you are among those who unconditionally recognize the sacred worth of each person and fully welcome all into the life and community of the church by saying “Gay Christian? Yes!” and/or by making a whimsical sign with the GCY name and website to hold up at the end of your video

Submit a link to your video at
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Make your video today, and join the many voices proclaiming:
"Gay Christian? YES!"


Donate to the Campaign

The “Gay Christian? Yes!” Campaign needs your financial support. Gays In Faith Together (GIFT) runs the Campaign. GIFT is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. US donations are eligible for tax deduction. Send your check to

207 East Fulton
Grand Rapid, MI 49503

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