Church of the Nazarene: Be a LGBT-affirming Church
  • Petitioned Board of General Superintendents

This petition was delivered to:

Church of the Nazarene
Board of General Superintendents
Eastern Nazarene College, President
Dr. Corlis McGee
Point Loma Nazarene University, Chaplin
Mark Carter
MidAmerica Nazarene University, President
Dr. David Spittal
Nazarene Bible College, President
Dr. Harold Graves Jr.
Olivet Nazarene University, President
Dr. John Bowling
Southern Nazarene University, President
Dr. Loren Gresham
Trevecca Nazarene University, President
Dr. Dan Boone
SNU, V.P. of Student Development
Scott Strawn
Holiness Today, Editor-in-Chief
David Felter
MNU, Chaplin
Dr. Randy Beckum
MNU, Director of Spiritual Development
Brady Braatz
ONU, Chaplin
Mark Holcomb
ONU, Vice President for Student Development
Walter “Woody” Webb
MVNU, Chaplin
Scott Peterson
MVNU, Administrative Assistant to the Chaplain
Diana Tocheff
MVNU, Director of Student Life
Travis Keller
General Secretary
SNU, Chaplin
Blair Spindle
Sr Pastor Grove City Church of the Nazarene, Central Ohio District
Mark Fuller
Gold Creek Community Church of the Nazarene, Washington Pacific District
Sr. Pastor Bethany First Church of the Nazarene, Oklahoma District
Rick Harvey
Administrative Assistant to Pastor Rick, BFC-OKD
Annette Harvey
Sr Pastor, Pismo Beach New Life Community Church of the Nazarene, Los Angeles District
Ron Salsbury
Sr. Pastor, Pasadena First Church of the Nazarene, Los Angeles District
Scott Daniels
Administrative Assistant, Paz Naz, LAD
Melody Bundy
Jr. High Pastor, Paz Naz, LAD
Kara Riggleman
Student Ministries Pastor, Paz Naz, LAD
Keegan Lenker
College Pastor, Paz Naz, LAD
Wesley Hall
Director of Church Relations, ENC
Dr. Stephen Dillman
Vice President for Student Development
Vernon Wesley
VP of Spiritual Development & Chaplain of the College, ENC
Dr. Corey S. MacPherson
ENC, Coordinator for Music Ministries
Jamie Brown
ENC, Campus Ministries Coordinator
Jennie Williams
ENC, Student Chaplain Chapel Coordinator
Chelsie Maynard
Student Chaplain FUSION Coordinator
Katherine Rivera
Ambrose University College, President
Gordon T. Smith
Nazarene Theological Seminary, President
Dr. David A. Busic

Church of the Nazarene: Be a LGBT-affirming Church

    1. Petition by

      Nazarene Ally

The Church of the Nazarene was founded in 1908 as a holiness denomination with a strong social justice core. Since 1972, the Church has held a strong anti-gay policy.

At the 28th General Assembly, let us vote to become an LGBT-affirming church, and thus end the cycle of hate, discrimination, and homophobia.

Let's all work together to find a positive understanding of one another. Let us speak the truth in love. Everyone in the Church of the Nazarene should be a Nazarene Ally.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 100 signatures
    2. New Site:

      This year we want to hear from you! Tell us your story! What has your experience been being gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or straight ally?

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      Nazarene Ally

      Join us Saturday, February 16th for The Equality Network's LGBT College Summit hosted by the University of Central Oklahoma. Registration is free. To get a lunch and a t-shirt register by February 13th. Stop by an introduce yourself at the Nazarene Ally booth from 10:30-5pm.

    3. Reached 50 signatures
    4. New blog posted!

      The last installment of the Surprises series is now publish! Check it out, and leave a comment. Thanks for reading, and your support on this issue! We can make a difference in the Church of the Nazarene!

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    5. Reached 25 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 6 months ago

      The engine of my entire

      Action is justice.

      Anything else would be for me

      a missed life.

      (Alice Schwarzer)

    • Kris Williams OKC, OK
      • 10 months ago

      I miss my family and church! The church community doesn't understand what they are doing to their people. It was at church that I learned to cast no stone, to love unconditionally, and to be true to oneself. I could have chose to live a lie, but that would have been against God's law. Instead, I chose a path of truth and THAT was indeed my choice! I praise God for giving me the strength to endure the losses that I have and I also thank Him for the courage to be who I am......made in His image!!

    • Kendall Hughes SMITHVILLE, MO
      • about 1 year ago

      I am an ordained Nazarene chaplain. I was a delegate to the '97 General Assembly and stood up to oppose the language being added to the manual in paragraph 437.8 that places homosexuality alongside child abuse. However, the presiding GS did not allow me to voice my opposition and that very offensive language was added to the Manual. Also, I have two gay and one lesbian family member.

      This coming October I will be participating the the wedding of my gay brother in law.

    • Danny Patton DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      This is important to me because my family is Nazarene, and I have been maligned, abused, and rejected by them. I've given them 30 years to learn. They refuse. I've given them books and video tapes, etc. They are biblical literalists (selective of course) and refuse to come out of the stone age. We no longer speak or have fellowship. I lay the blame at the feet of uneducated, ignorant, "Hill Billie" Nazarene preachers. I have suffered much at their hands. My doctor and psychologist said that after 30 years of no progress, it's time I stay away from the erroneous message and negative energy. I do plan to also write the general superintendents of the Church of the Nazarene. "What old man doth the Lord require of thee, but to love mercy, and to do justice, and to walk humbly with thy God." Don't talk to me about a "holiness" of rules, give me a "holiness" which fights for social justice for all maligned peoples.

    • Anthony Lacina SOMERVILLE, MA
      • over 1 year ago

      It's time. As an ENC alum, I am horrified to see that an organization about love and peace has been denied. Without support of the LGBT community, I simply cannot support my alma mater.


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