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Lead Them Home is North America’s leading resource for church and ministry leaders on LGBT+ inclusion and care.
Our vision is loving LGBT+ people in the Church via our mission: to enhance church inclusion, increase family acceptance, protect against victimization, and nourish faith identity in LGBT+ lives.
“A gospel of exclusion has no power to reflect Christ’s love for people.”
Bill Henson, Founder and President
Our Trainings, Resources, and Other Offerings:
Our position and posture on concerns for LGBT+ individuals are informed and motivated by the heart of Jesus as expressed in Holy Scriptures.
We are convicted that the application of biblical truth regarding sexual teachings in Scripture must also apply to non-sexual teachings of the scripture.
How we treat people is an equally critical moral matter.
We aim for the posture of Jesus: to honor God, and love all people.
Our 5-Point Promise to the LGBT+ Community:
- We will never come into your community without an invitation.
- We will never discuss theology unless you seek such a discussion.
- We will never align our ministry events against your events.
- We will never engage in political activities aligned against you.
- We will honor those who are Christian as our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Our name is inspired by the song “Tears of the Saints” by Leeland:
“There are schools full of hatred.
Even churches have forsaken
love and mercy.
There are tears of the saints
for the lost and unsaved.
Father, we will lead them home.”
Our name was chosen in 2006 as we embarked on a pioneer mission effort to confront us versus them attitudes. Since that day, we have called upon church leaders and parents to lead (or invite) LGBT+ loved ones home to family – home to church – and home to Jesus.
Dr. Raymond Pendleton has served as professor of Pastoral Psychology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary since 1975. He is also Assistant Rector of Pastoral Care and Healing Ministry at Christ the Redeemer church in Danvers, MA, and has served as Lead Them Home’s board chairman since 2005.
Founder & President
Bill Henson is the founder and president of Lead Them Home, creator of Posture Shift, and author of Guiding Families of LGBT+ Loved Ones. Bill trains national, regional and local ministry teams across America to extend Christ to LGBT+ persons within a biblical framework. Bill guest lectures at Gordon College and has presented Posture Shift at Denver Seminary and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
Paul Atwater is the founding pastor of North River Community Church in Pembroke, MA. He has been married to his lovely wife, Susan, since 1981, and they have two adult daughters. Paul is a graduate of Wheaton College (B.A.) and Denver Seminary (M.Div.), where he is currently a D.Min. candidate. He has served on the Wheaton College Leadership Council and the board for New Hope Correctional Ministry, and was a Contributing Editor for Leadership Journal. Paul loves following Boston sports and played football and ran track at Wheaton College.