"Between my time in Bible college, getting my masters in theology and serving in various ministry positions all over the world I have learned a great deal more theologically deep terms to describe Jesus. Some bring comfort, some bring rebuke. Some seem to fit better in more specific situations and some are overarching. But through it all, the primary word that keeps me connected to Jesus is friend. I have never doubted that piece of the Gospel. For me, that’s what it means to have faith like a child: to never forget that Jesus is my friend. He is a friend to all and he is a friend to me." - J.J.
"For a long time I was nervous to share my story about being gay, not because I was ashamed, but because I wasn't sure I wanted to be known as the 'gay pastor.' I want to speak about grace and love and Christ and not just about the issue of homosexuality. The more I sought Christ, the more I was given opportunities to share my story. I am not called to the issue of homosexuality. I am called to Christ and as I share my story, I share Christ." - J.J.