Encountered for Freedom
A few years ago Ken and Elizabeth, with our friend Rodger, began meeting together over coffee to share how God encountered us—it wasn’t long before we realized our experiences were relevant and spoke directly to the needs many people face. So, we resolved to establish a resource for people longing to understand homosexuality better and find resolution, and Equipped to Love was born.
Ken and Elizabeth followed the Lord into sexual wholeness and today cast vision to countless others seeking God’s heart for their sexual identities. Drawing upon their combined experiences of walking away from homosexuality, they offer understanding of the issue that opens doors for compassion and understanding.
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Co-founder of Equipped to Love
I began a pursuit of my true sexual identity in 1987 when my battle against homosexuality grew into intentions of suicide. After decades of failed attempts at freedom, I encountered God in areas & ways that transformed me. The following years healed childhood trauma, replaced lies with truth, forged deep intimacy with God, and established self-love and masculine identity.
I didn’t fit in with the boys, as a child. They didn’t seem to like me, and neither did I. So from first grade, I began to live every day in a fantasy world of codependent fixation on whichever boy in my life I saw as the picture-perfect male. It was how I affirmed myself and coped with a life of hopelessness and self-hatred. My very first sexual desires were for other males. I had none for females. And my pain medication for 20 years was daily addiction to masturbation, which sometimes included stents of serious addiction to pornography. The shame of those sins and multiple inappropriate sexual encounters resulted in a suicidal season at age 17. I couldn’t fathom breaking free of my addictions or ever finding a woman sexually attractive, let alone becoming married to a woman, enjoying sex with her, and fathering four children…until a life in Christ became deeply experiential for me.
Today, I coach others and help place them into the hands of the God who helped me find genuine identity and healing from same sex attraction. I have a B.S. in Marketing/Finance; am a graduate of Bethel’s School of Supernatural Ministry; have been a pastor at Bethel Church (Redding, CA) since 2006; and regularly minister in ManAlive, Bethel’s purity ministry (imanalive.com); am a co-founder of this ministry, Equipped to Love; and serve Moral Revolution (moralrevolution.com) full-time as an author, lecturer, and minister. My greatest joys are my beautiful wife and our four incredible children.
Co-founder of Equipped to Love
I “came out” in my early 20s and attended a Presbyterian Church (USA) seminary openly lesbian. As a student in seminary I lobbied for marriage and ordination of LGTBQ individuals and ministered among gay youth, espousing a theology that embraced homosexuality. Upon graduating I served as a youth pastor in a small rural community, where an encounter with Jesus radically shifted my perspective. The love of God drew me into a revelation that transformed my life.
I teach at the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry and regularly facilitate interactive conversations about homosexuality. I hold a Masters in Theology and am an ordained pastor.
My husband, Doug, and I live in Redding, CA.