Garry Ingraham was once exclusively attracted to other men and very involved in the LGBTQ community. Now he has been married for about a dozen years to a former lesbian woman, Melissa, with whom he has two children.
In 2013, Garry and Melissa founded the Love & Truth Network, whose mission “is to help Christian leaders and the Church develop healthy environments of safety and transformation for the enormous number of men, women, and youth struggling with secret sexual sin and brokenness, empowering Christ-followers to become far more effective in our mandate to go and make disciples of all nations.”
Now Garry is also director of Transforming Congregations, a program of the Good News renewal group, which is specifically focused on “Equipping The United Methodist Church to model and minister God’s amazingly good design for sanctified and life-giving sexuality, as clearly revealed through the Scriptures.”
Garry recently sat down with me to share a bit about his personal testimony, his current ministry, responses to common criticisms, and mistakes made in the earlier days of some “ex-gay” ministries. He also tells us about his hopes for what ministry with the LGBTQ community can look like in the next Methodism, the importance of addressing gender dysphoria and unwanted same-sex attractions alongside other forms of sexual brokenness, and how all of us in the church, regardless of which particular struggles we have, need deeper Christian community.
The video is below.
If you prefer, you can download an audio-only version of this interview here:
To learn more about Garry’s ministry, and possibly ask him about the ZOOM and on-site training he offers to help small group leaders be more transparent and go deeper, and other relevant resourcing he offers for congregations, visit www.transformingcongregations.org