Pool of Bethesda LGBT+ Taskforce

Recalling that the Pool of Bethesda was one of the locations where Jesus performed a miracle of healing, our ministry strives to heal those in the LGBTQI community who have been hurt by the church as well as those who through hardness of heart oppose the full inclusion of LGBTQI members in the body of Christ.  Water also provides a very strong metaphor and reminds us to honor our Baptismal Covenant of upholding the dignity of every human being.

Mission Statement

To bear witness of the love of God in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania by ministering to the needs within our parishes to demonstrate God’s love for our LGBTQ brothers and sisters.


Kevin Barron
Father Clifford Johnston
Mother Lauri Kerr


Print Resources:
Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us by Kate Bornstein
Microagressions in Everyday Life:  Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation by Derald Wing Sue
Defrocked:  How A Father’s Act of Love Shook the United Methodist Church by Franklyn Schaefer
Bisexuality:  Making the Invisible Visible in Faith Communities by Marie Alford-Harkey
God and the Gay Christian by Matthew Vines
The Church and the Homosexual by John J. McNeill
Hounded by God, A Gay Man’s Journey to Self-Acceptance, Love, and Relationship by Joseph Gentilini
Radical Love, An Introduction to Queer Theology by Patrick S. Cheng
Rainbow Theology by Patrick S. Cheng

Social Media Resources:
Youtube Video – Aren’t we designed for heterosexuality?
Youtube Video – Integrity Celebrates 36 Years of Mission and Ministry
Youtube Video – Walking in the shoes of the other
YouTube Video – Homosexuality & The Bible 1: God Said It, I Believe It, That Settles It – John Corvino
YouTube Video – Open and Affirming

Web Resources:
Human Rights Campaign
HRC Blog Topic: Hate Crimes
Gay Christian Network