- WGA’s Thursday Night Group: We’ve continued to be grateful that we have Zoom to use as a tool to connect with people. We began 2021 meeting exclusively on Zoom for our weekly support groups. Since then, we have adopted an alternating schedule, where we meet in-person twice each month and on Zoom twice as well. We had a total of 46 Thursday Night Meetings, 20 In-person and 26 Virtually. We are exploring some creative ways to offer our group via Zoom every week, working to incorporate those who can’t attend in-person on a weekly basis. Let us know if you’d like to visit our group some time. Distance is no longer the barrier it once was. We’ve regularly been having participants from 9 states other than Colorado!
- Speaking: As you can imagine, 2020 brought a sharp decrease in speaking engagements for WGA. Things have picked up again in 2021, which has been a blessing. We were out and about in the community with 29 different speaking engagements, including a number of churches, Save Our Youth, Urban Youth Ministries, a group of soccer chaplains, and a youth camp. We have quite a few topics that have proven beneficial to leaders as they work to better understand sexuality, gender, and relationships. Let us know if you’d like us to come to your church of organization.
- Webinars: In March, we held our first webinar. It was a follow-up to a blog Mary wrote a few years ago called “My 4-year-old is Touching Himself Down There, What Do I Do?” We had about 10 people attend. We plan to offer more webinars like this in the future. We have many years of talks and content to translate into a webinar format to be accessible to more people. Please pray with us as we plan and create these webinars.
- Gender Issues: Over the past several years, both in our culture and in WGA’s groups, we have seen a sharp increase in the number of people dealing with gender identity issues. Our Family and Friends group has quite a few parents who are wrestling with how best to walk alongside their child who is wrestling in these ways. There is a new book recently published that is a good resource. It is called Embodied: Transgender Identities, The Church, and What the Bible Has to Say by Preston Sprinkle. Check it out!
- Financial Update: As always, we are grateful for God’s provision for WGA over these past 35 years of ministry. We are also thankful to you for joining us, through your prayers and donations. Many have experienced financial hardship this year. As of the end of October, WGA’s giving for 2021 has been a little less than it was at this time for the past several years. Would you pray about how you can support this ministry as we close out this year and prepare for 2022? December is traditionally the month that brings in the most donations, which often carry us into the new year when giving tends to taper off a bit. You can make a donation by clicking here.
Lots more has been going on, despite all the challenges of living in a pandemic. We continue to post a new blog each week on our website, meet with individuals in-person and on Zoom, and offer short-term focus groups. We are available to you if need a listening ear or would like to put us in touch with someone you know who is struggling. Please give us a call or send an email.
We at WGA will continue to do the work God sets before us. How will you join with us?
In the spring of 1995, the conflict Roger felt between his faith and his sexuality, as well as an addiction to pornography, led him to WGA. His personal journey has provided him unique insights into sexuality and the pain of adversity, which he shares through his testimony, facilitation of small groups, writing and public speaking.
Roger began working with WGA in October of 1996 as the Assistant office Manager. Since that time, he has worn many hats and served in several different positions, including Assistant Program Director and Operations Director. In April of 2007, Roger assumed the position of Executive Director.
Roger attended West Texas A&M University, where he studied Music Business. Much of his training has been “on the job,” where he was mentored by the ministry’s Founder, Mary Heathman, and the Program Director, Scott Kingry. He holds a BA from West Texas A&M University.
Roger, his wife Jill, and their daughter Julia and son William, attend Celebration Community Church where Jill serves as Senior Pastor.
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