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When you walk in the fullness of your identity, you will perfectly manifest the image of God.

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the journey

Shortly after moving to Redding, California I sat in the sanctuary at Bethel Church and asked the Lord, “Does it offend you when I ask for things… when I ask to be fulfilled?” Immediately I was impressed that there is purpose in our journey to wholeheartedness. It is an adventure in discovering our identity as bearers of God’s image. I committed to living authentically and unashamed before the Lord, which has become a gateway to more clearly perceiving both God and myself. A dynamic part of the journey has been understanding my experience of homosexuality.

My ministry seeks to compassionately offer hope and encouragement to those who have been impacted by homosexuality. Through vulnerable conversations and thought-provoking messages, I seek to demystify the homosexual experience and extend an invitation to touch God, who fills our yearning for identity, community and intimate connection—fundamental needs for one who experiences same sex attraction.

Won’t you join me in the journey?

 
 
 
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my ministry

 
 

CONSULTING FOR CHURCH LEADERS

I believe firmly that God is releasing answers and understanding for a kingdom-minded approach to homosexuality that focusses upon the first commandment—to love. No doubt our generation will be held accountable for stewardship of that call. I am committed to reaching into God’s grace for restoration both of human identity and a united Church, which is why I meet frequently with church leaders. The issue of homosexuality is reshaping Western Christianity. By cultivating discussions among pastors and leaders, we experience clarity and understanding together for the sake of Christ.


Itinerate ministry

I’m deeply honored to share my story and perspective personally among groups around the world. Whether through Insight Discussion Forums, interactive conversations on homosexuality, or in preaching and teaching I love seeing God break into the confusion around sexual identity. The Lord brings comfort and healing to us all as we draw near to Him. His transforming impact on my life offers hope and faith to everyone seeking greater measures of fulfillment in Christ.


Identity Seminars

A great part of my professional coaching practice, Visibility, focusses upon identity. Coaching identity enables me to impart the journey I have been on. My seminars teach practical and activating techniques that we may use for ourselves and our relationships. My 1- to 2- day identity workshops are enlightening, insightful and build community.

 

For parents

The discovery your son or daughter grapples with their sexual identity can be shattering to a family. I meet with parents to offer guidance on loving well, facilitating conversation and connecting to their children's hearts. Also, through group meetings I endeavor to connect parents to others, where they may find support and insight.

Mentoring & Coaching

Many people come to me for input and encouragement for their journey into wholeness and wholeheartedness. It’s my honor to come alongside those who have experienced same sex attraction. In me they find an empathetic and compassionate listener. The Lord has brought me through similar experiences and I love sharing His merciful heart. I seek ways to facilitate encounter with God so you gain His vision for your identity. And I lean into my passion for coaching to yield hope and vision for your life.


women's groups

Through group mentoring and coaching I facilitate authentic and vulnerable connections among women in a safe environment. Learning to fellowship together and gain identity among women can be challenging, at the same time, a life separated from other women is lonely. My goal is to create a setting that teaches how to trust, feel confidence and find community together while discovering our femininity.

 

Elizabeth’s testimony and ministry brings hope for supernatural transformation from life dominating issues. With great grace and power she demonstrates how connection to the love of God reveals true identity, setting us free to be who we really are.
— PHIL & HEATHER READ, THE LIGHTHOUSE CHURCH, POOLE, UK
 
 
 
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My History

 

I “came out” in my early 20s and attended a Presbyterian Church (USA) seminary openly lesbian. As a student in seminary between 2000 and 2003 I lobbied for marriage and ordination of LGTBQ individuals and ministered among gay youth, espousing a theology that embraced homosexuality. Upon graduating I served as a youth pastor in a small rural community, where an encounter with Jesus radically shifted my perspective. The love of God drew me into a revelation that led to repentance and healing. I married my husband, Doug, in 2005.

Today I serve at Bethel Church in Redding, California, where I co-founded Equipped to Love, a ministry seeking to serve and equip those impacted by homosexuality. I am a professional life coach and teach coaching skills to emerging leaders at the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry. I hold a Masters in Theology and am an ordained pastor.

 
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for freedom

I am a co-founder of Equipped to Love, a ministry under the covering of Bethel Church in Redding, California, seeking to understand and demystify homosexuality in light of the Gospel. We desire to compassionately address the issue and invite authenticity into our community where there has frequently been shame (and all the overarching rejection that entails.) ETL’s leadership have had homosexuality in our lives as long as we can remember, but sought God’s heart and purpose in our sexuality and experienced freedom from same sex desires. We partner with those who share similar life experiences to come vulnerably before God together.

 
 

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CONTACT Me

 

It's my pleasure to meet with individuals, families and teams, where we may discuss and share more about our journey. Reach out to me to see how I may serve you.

The Lord has given me a wonderful story of transformation and hope.

The Lord has given me a wonderful story of transformation and hope.