The Christmas season is in full swing. For most, holidays bring families together, at least in proximity. These family visits can be wonderful. They can also be challenging, especially when a loved one chooses this time to come out as LGBTQ+. If you are struggling and looking for resources, below are a few links to blogs from our website about dealing with these family dynamics.

My Child Just “Came Out” to Me. Where Do We Go From Here? by Jill Huston

12 Vital Things for Parents to Say to Their Gay Child by Lori Wildenberg

Childhood Gender Dysphoria: Options to Consider As a Parent for Your Struggling Child by Scott Kingry

Why do Emotions Affect Our Belief Systems? by Roger Jones

The Gift of Living in Tension by Sarah Taylor

Painful Obstacles for LGBTQ+ Youth: Pastoral Care for Hurting Families by Scott Kingry

Finally, here is a link to an article about self care. It is easy to get so wrapped up in taking care of everyone else that we neglect ourselves. In the end, this helps no one.

Self Care by Roger Jones

Please know that Where Grace Abounds is available to you and your family if you need support or simply a listening ear.

Roger Jones

Roger Jones

Executive Director

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 Associate Pastor.

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