Support Groups for Christian Parents of LGBTQ Children

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Support Groups for Christian Parents of LGBTQ Children

If you are a Christian parent of a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning (LGBTQ) child you may feel alone. You may think that you are the only one who feels this way. You might even believe that no one else could understand your journey. But…

You are not alone.

There are other parents out there walking this same journey and they would love to come alongside you. Below is a list of groups that are either specifically for Christian parents of LGBTQ children or invite parents to enter into dialogue with other Christian family members, friends, and LGBTQ individuals. The folks in these groups would love to listen to your story, talk with you, cry with you, laugh with you, and share their lives with you. Most of the parents in these groups are not counselors or psychologists; they are simply fellow pilgrims on this journey. They don’t have all the answers. They may not have their theological positions all figured out. But these parents know what you are going through and want to help.
The support groups on this list are comprised of parents who come from all different backgrounds, Christian denominations, and beliefs about this conversation. They may not have the same theology as you or feel the exact same way about this topic but they will listen and give advice with compassion and understanding. Please note that none of these groups officially represent The Marin Foundation and may not reflect a particular theological position (whether conservative or progressive). However, what they have in common is a desire to love their children and stay true to their Christian faith.
If you would like us to help you find a group in your area please let us know. Even if you do not see your city listed we may still be able to help you find something nearby. If there is not a Christian support group in your area you might consider seeing if there is a local PFLAG chapter. Although PFLAG is not religiously affiliated many chapters have Christian parents who attend and you might be surprised by the resources and help they can offer. Also, if you are Mormon you can find additional support groups on the Affirmation website.
If you have any feedback about this list or if you find out that any of these groups have stopped meeting or changed contact information please let us know. You might notice that there are not very many groups on this list. Groups specifically for Christian parents can be very difficult to find online. Please help other parents by letting us know if there is a support group that should be on this list. 
If you would like to speak with an individual Christian parent of an LGBTQ child who lives in your area see our National Parent List. If you would like to join an online support group see our “Online Support Group” section on the Parent Resources page

 

Name Location Church/Organization Contact Description
ARIZONA
ALL Phoenix Friends & Family Group Phoenix, AZ Arizona LDS-LGBT Facebook
website
support group for families, friends & LGBTQ individuals
CALIFORNIA
Christian Parents of LGBT Children Berkeley, CA Berkeley Christian Counselors info@berkeleychristiancounselors.org
website
support group for parents
Always Our Children Diamond Bar, CA St. Denis Catholic Community Jenny Naughton: jnaughton04@gmail.com
909-896-8362
website
support group for parents
Grupo Siempre Seran Nuestros Hijos Diamond Bar, CA Catholic Javier & Martha Plascencia: MarthaPlas1@hotmail.com
909-860-5950
website
grupo de apoyo para padres
Parents with Lesbian & Gay Children Hollywood, CA Blessed Sacrament Church Lori Turro: 323-462-6311
website
outreach to parents of lesbian & gay children
Parents of Gays and Lesbians La Canada, CA La Canada Presbyterian Church Dave Harshman: 818-248-6820
website
support group for parents
Safe Journey La Mesa, CA Journey Community Church Chris Rader: chris@journeycom.org
website
support group for families & LGBTQ individuals
Parents of Gay & Lesbian Catholics Los Angeles / South Bay, CA Archdiocese of Los Angeles Carolyn or Robert: 310-835-1481
website
support group for parents
Parent's Support Group San Bernardino, CA Catholic Bette Madrid: 951-653-9713
damionsmom@msn.com
website
support group for parents
All God's Children San Diego, CA First United Methodist Church Bruce Baraw: bbaraw@aol.com
Sharon Bowles: ssc.bowles@gmail.com
website
support group for families & LGBTQ individuals
Padres de Gay y Lesbiana Catholicos San Fernando / San Gabriel Valleys, CA Archdiocese of Los Angeles Luis o Armida: 818-846-8721
818-848-3172
alcisneros@att.net
website
grupo de apoyo para padres
Always Our Children Santa Barbara, CA Catholic Joe & Kathie Schneider:
805-687-4338
autohaus@silcom.com
website
support group for parents
Abiding Hope Santa Clarita, CA Grace Baptist Church Lilium Jones: 661-296-8737 ext 153
Lilium.jones@gracebaptist.org
website
support group for parents of children 'involved in SSA'
Parents of Gay & Lesbian Catholics Simi Valley / Conejo, CA Archdiocese of Los Angeles John or Chris: 805-522-4861
website
support group for parents
COLORADO
GLBT and Friends Ministry Lakewood, CO Mile Hi Church Wick Hampton: 303-587-5564
Erin Isis: 303-521-3942
website
support group for families & LGBTQ individuals
Families of Gay, Lesbian & Transgender Littleton, CO St. Frances Cabrini Parish Drew & Kathleen: 303-683-1718
dkconneen@comcast.net
website
support group for families
FLORIDA
Always Our Children Ministry Flagler Beach, FL Santa Maria del Mar Catholic Church Karyn Jacobs: 386-503-1710
icanletgo@gmail.com
website
support group for parents
ILLINOIS
Gay and Lesbian & Family and Friends Ministry Evanston, IL St. Nicholas Parish Parish office: 847-864-1151
847-864-1185
website
support group for families & LGBTQ individuals
Rainbow Catholics in Christ Evansville, IL St. Mary Catholic Church Lee Griggs: 812-425-1577 ext 207
website
support group for families, friends & LGBTQ individuals
LGBT, Friends and Family Outreach Chicago, IL Old St. Patrick's Church John Parro: JohnWParro@gmail.com
Maureen Schuneman: listeningparent@gmail.com
website
support group for families & LGBTQ individuals
Lead with Love Naperville, IL Grace United Methodist Church Revs. Don & Carol: 630-416-8393
website
support group for families & LGBTQ individuals
Parent Support Group West Chicago, IL unaffiliated Rich & Sue Greeley: rgps130@att.net support group for parents
INDIANA
Courageous Love Dyer, IN Faith Church Karyn Justice: kjustice@faithchurchonline.org
website
support group for moms (one dad available to meet with as well)
By Grace Indianapolis, IN St. Timothy Episcopal Church St. Timothy's: 317-784-6925
sttimothy.indy@gmail.com
website
support group for families
IOWA
Belonging Ames, IA St. Thomas Aquinas Church Don or Mary Ellen Wishart: 515-292-4059
wishartdjme@yahoo.com
website
support group for families, friends & LGBTQ individuals
Friends and Families of those with Same-sex Attraction Cedar Rapids, IA unaffiliated Mark Forstrom: mark4strom@gmail.com support group for families & friends
KANSAS
Share and Care Support Group Salinas, KS unaffiliated Dale or Beverly Cole: 785-825-0402
bcole10@cox.net
website
support group for families & friends
KENTUCKY
Compassion Louisville, KY Cathedral of the Assumption George Kaissieh: 502-582-2971 ext 5217
gkaissieh@cathedraloftheassumption.org
website
support group for families, friends & LGBTQ individuals
MARYLAND
Ministry with Gay and Lesbian Persons Gaithersburg, MD St. Rose of Lima John Liu: 301-948-7545 ext 226
deaconjohn@strose.com
website
support group for families, friends & LGBTQ individuals
Moms Support Group Howard County, MD unaffiliated Terri Augustine: augustinefive@verizon.net support group for moms
Always Our Children Salisbury, MD St. Francis de Sales Parish Jenny and Pat Nugent: 410-228-8382
jennynuge@msn.com
website
support group for families & friends
Beginnings Severn, MD St. Bernadette Parish Susan Yost: 410-969-2782
website
support group for parents
LGBT Together! Silver Spring, MD Church of the Ascension Wayne Gadson: waynegadson132@comcast.net
Enid LaGesse: enid.lagesse@gmail.com
website
support group for families & LGBTQ individuals
MASSACHUSETTS
Parents, Family and Friends of LGBT Persons Boston, MA St. Anthony Shrine & Ministry Center Fr. Joe Quinn: 617-542-6440 ext 239
LGBT@stanthonyshrine.org
website
support group for families & friends
Always Our Children Springfield, MA Sacred Heart Parish Ann Franczyk: 413-736-6803
annrun76@aol.com
website: scroll to bottom
support group for families & friends
MINNESOTA
Living in the Tension Gathering Edina, MN Christ Presbyterian Church Debbie Manning:
952-920-8515 ext 275
debbiem@cpconline.org
website
discussion group for families, friends & LGBTQ individuals
MISSOURI
Open Door Ministry Columbia, MO Missouri UMC Facebook group
website
support group for families & friends
MONTANA
Always Our Children Billings, MT St. Pius Church Pam Nelson: 406-855-4769
website
support group for parents
NEBRASKA
Always Our Children Omaha, NE St. Stephen Catholic Church Jerry & Lucy Furlong: 402-895-6386
furlongJ@cox.net
website
support group for parents
Caring Catholic Families Omaha, NE Catholic Debbie Sheehan: dsheehan@yahoo.com
Facebook page
support group for families, friends & LGBTQ individuals
NEVADA
Imago Dei (Image of God) Las Vegas, NV Catholic John: 702-889-4920
ImagoDeiLV@gmail.com
website
weekly Bible study for families, friends & LGBTQ individuals
LGBT/SSA Mormons, Families, and Friends Las Vegas, NV Mormon Anita Stephens: 702-429-6947
alstephens3@cox.net
Facebook page for Mormons Building Bridges
support group for families, friends & LGBTQ individuals
NEW JERSEY
Promises Fellowship Princeton, NJ Nassau Presbyterian Church Lauren J. McFeathers:
609-924-0103 ext 102
Lauren@nassauchurch.org
website
fellowship group for families, friends & LGBTQ individuals
Gay and Lesbian Group South Plainfield, NJ Church of the Sacred Heart Sr. Kathleen Rooney:
908-756-0633 ext 142
skssj@comcast.net
website
support group for families & LGBTQ individuals
Gay & Lesbian Discussion Group Upper Saddle River, NJ Church of the Presentation Margie Rightmyer:
201-327-1313 ext 840
mrightmyer@churchofpresentation.org
website
support group for families, friends, & LGBTQ individuals
NORTH CAROLINA
Dandelion Moms Charlotte, NC unaffiliated Kim Dent: kimberly.dent@hotmail.com
website
support group for moms
Always Our Children Raleigh, NC The Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi Joe: 919-609-8425
Jane: 919-847-7431
website
support group for families, friends & LGBTQ individuals
OHIO
Support Group for Parents Avon Lake, OH Holy Spirit Parish Parish office: 440-933-3777
website
support group for parents
Catholics Embracing the Gay Community Cincinnati, OH Catholic Marianne Bosch: mobbish@insightbb.com
859-331-5647
website
support group for families, friends & LGBTQ individuals
Support Group for Friends & Family of GLBT Cincinnati, OH Good Shepherd Parish Jack Peltz: 513-489-8815 ext 709
jack.peltz@good-shepherd.org
website
support group for families & friends
Support Group for Parents & Families of Gay and Lesbian Children Mentor, OH St. John Vianney Parish Gail: 440-255-0600
website
support group for parents
STARFISH Christian Ministry Group Toledo, OH St. Mark's Lutheran Church St. Mark's: 419-691-3597
website
support group for friends & family
When Kids Come Out Worthington, OH Worthington UMC Rev. Jim Waugh: jwaugh3@mac.com
website
support group for parents
PENNSYVANIA
Always Our Children Erie, PA St. Stanislaus Parish Rosemarie Radomski: 814-456-0382
814-456-2091
ststaner@onecommail.com
support group for parents
Spirituality and Sexuality Erie, PA Community United Church Rev. Rich McCarty: 814-864-4429
website
support group for families & LGBTQ individuals
TENNESSEE
Parent Support Team Memphis, TN Catholic Diocese of Memphis Steve and Deb Word: 901-274-4039
George and Lorna Horishny:
901-726-5335
website
support for parents
TEXAS
C.A.R.E.S. Clear Lake, TX Clear Lake UMC Kathryn Johnson: cares@clearlakemethodist.org
Rev. Harold Travis: harold@clearlakemethodist.org
832-240-4905
website
support group for families & friends
Parent Support Group Dallas/Fort Worth, TX Centerpeace Sally: centerpeaceinc@gmail.com
325-232-2528
Facebook page
support group for parents
Ministry with Gay/Lesbian Persons, Their Parents, Families & Friends Fort Worth, TX Roman Catholic Diocese Ron & Rita Clegg: rcclegg@gmail.com
website
support group for families & friends
Family & Friends of Gays and Lesbians Houston, TX Memorial Drive UMC Norma: 281-920-9555
Sheri Kelley: sherikelley@mdumc.org
website
support group for families & friends
Open Hearts Katy, TX St. Peters UMC Chris Scott: cscott@stpkaty.org
281-492-8031 ext. 313
website
support group for families & friends
Parent Support Group Kingwood, TX Kingwood UMC Loretta Rogers: lr3hosp@aol.com
281-852-7346
website
support group for parents
Outstretched Hands Plano, TX St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Mikel Robledo: 214-502-9946
Cecilia Jones: cjones@eseton.org
972-596-5055 ext 4222
website
support group for parents
VIRGINIA
Gay, Lesbian, Friends & Family Ministry Arlington, VA Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church Vicki Strimel: 571-257-7376
vickistrimel@gmail.com
website
support group for  families, friends & LGBTQ individuals
Parent Support Group Virginia Beach, VA New Life Providence Church Sharman Bradshaw: sharman21@aol.com
PDF (page 13 at the top)
support group for families & friends
WASHINGTON
Affirming Hope Life Group Redmond, WA Overlake Christian Church website support group for LGBTQ Christians (parents attend as well)
Toward Inclusive Conversation Seattle, WA Bethany Community Church website fellowship group for families, friends & LGBTQ individuals
Welcoming Circle Seattle, WA University Presbyterian Church Jeff: HuKnew@yahoo.com
Margaret: margaret.mesaros@gmail.com
website
support group for families, friends & LGBTQ individuals
WASHINGTON DC
All God's Children Washington DC Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle Monsignor Jameson: 202-347-3215
rjameson@stmatthewscathedral.org
website
support group for families, friends & LGB individuals
WISCONSIN
Gay and Straight in Christ Menomonee Falls, WI Good Shepherd Catholic Church Ann Castiglione: 262-502-0437
castiann@att.net
website
support group for families, friends & LGBTQ individuals