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GIFT is most importantly - people.

We are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, pansexual (LGBT+) people together with supportive family members, friends, and other allies.

We believe that spiritual harm against the LGBT+ community must end.

We believe that respectful dialogue between faith communities and the LGBT+ community can help build stronger houses of worship.

 

We are people whose faith is important to us. We include people from a wide variety of faith backgrounds and we welcome everyone to join us in our mission.


MISSION

To affirm lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersexual, asexual, pansexual (LGBT+) people of faith.

VALUES

Faith

Hope

Love

Justice

VISION

To promote a healthy LGBT+ community actively engaged in strong faith communities.


STAFF & BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 
Jim (jimlucas@gaysinfaithtogether.org) provides pastoral care and counseling, leads support programs, and organizes life enrichment events for LGBT people and allies. He speaks frequently in college classes and promotes the full inclusion of LGBT+ people. He is a graduate of both Calvin College (BA) and Calvin Seminary (MDiv). He completed four units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) and has been a Board Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains since 2008. Jim also serves as a chaplain for Spectrum Health. 

Jim (jimlucas@gaysinfaithtogether.org) provides pastoral care and counseling, leads support programs, and organizes life enrichment events for LGBT people and allies. He speaks frequently in college classes and promotes the full inclusion of LGBT+ people. He is a graduate of both Calvin College (BA) and Calvin Seminary (MDiv). He completed four units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) and has been a Board Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains since 2008. Jim also serves as a chaplain for Spectrum Health. 

 

Rev. JIM Lucas, founder & chaplain

 
Jonathan (jonathanfarman@gaysinfaithtogether.org) takes great pride in GIFT as the mission and values have strong bonds to his life’s journey. He is a passionate advocate for all LGBT+ individuals and became involved with GIFT because of a belief that all people have a right to embark in a captivating relationship with their creator.   

Jonathan (jonathanfarman@gaysinfaithtogether.org) takes great pride in GIFT as the mission and values have strong bonds to his life’s journey. He is a passionate advocate for all LGBT+ individuals and became involved with GIFT because of a belief that all people have a right to embark in a captivating relationship with their creator. 

 

 

jonathan farman, President / ceo

 
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Ron Holley, board member

 
Laura has felt the call to be part of the LGBTQ mission for several years and is excited to have this opportunity to serve at GIFT. She is an ally who advocates for everyone to be able to experience the love and grace our Creator freely gives. She and her family attend Eastern Avenue CRC where they regularly volunteer. Her hope to be a voice of acceptance and welcome in the faith community. She has a BA in Theater from Calvin College, and work for Grand Rapids Christian Schools.
 

laura rhodes, board member

 
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Kim Kunze, board member

 
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michael coller, board member


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