Jim & Tammy Faye’s son Jay Bakker to kick off LGBT-friendly Christian conference in Asheville

Organizers of “Out to the Nations Transformational Conference” will kick off this year’s event with a message of inclusivity for Christians from controversial religious speaker, Jay Bakker. As a teen, Jay saw Christian leaders walk away from his TV-evangelist parents Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker in the 1980s. Today, Jay, who is pastor of the Revolution Church in Minneapolis, is known for his support of gay rights. Jay has authored the books Fall to Grace, Son of A Preacher Man, as well as his most recent title, Faith, Doubt, and Other Lines I’ve Crossed: Walking with the Unknown God.

The Asheville conference is an annual event hosted by Jesus People Church of Asheville. Event organizers say the conference’s goal is to celebrate those in the LGBT and straight communities who desire a personal relationship with God.  The event will take place on April 17-19 at 278 Haywood Road.  Registration is free Visit www.ottn.info or call 828-423-9790.

Other conference speakers include: David VanCronkhite of The Agape Transformation, based in Atlanta. The Out to the Nations conference will also highlight three female leaders as well: the Rev. Sandra Turnbull, pastor of Glory Tabernacle, and the Rev. Janet Robertson, both of Long Beach, Calif; and AP. Yoharaliz Negrón of Puerto Rico.
The press release:

Out to the Nations Transformation Conference schedules controversial speaker for April event

Often minimized by colleagues for his support of gay rights Jay Bakker, son of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, will speak at an April event for the Christian LGBT community. The Asheville event, open to both gay and straight attendees, will have limited seating and registration is now available.

Asheville, NC – March 17, 2015 – Pastor and author Jay Bakker will join LBGT Christian leaders for the Out to the Nations Transformation Conference in April. Making an effort to reach across traditional religious lines, the pastor of Revolution Church in Minneapolis is no stranger to controversy. He is the son of televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker who saw the collapse of their ministry in the late 80s. A teen at the time, he watched Christian leaders walk away from his parents — two highly-recognizable and viable voices in their community. Having seen the destruction firsthand, Bakker picks up the torch and now brings his message of inclusive Christianity. The event will take place on April 17th – 19th in Asheville, North Carolina. Registration is now open.

Broadening hearts and minds with a message of love and grace, Bakker will start off the event. He will speak on Friday, April 17th at 7:00 p.m. The organizers of the Christian LBGT conference hope the event will bolster their community’s common goal. Out to the Nations wants reformation and transformation for those who are hurting regardless of their sexual orientation.

Pastor Tom Cash, founder of the Out to the Nations Transformation Conference said of the event, “We join our hearts with Jay to support those who have been rejected by the Christian Church. Religious people often say that the LGBT community is an abomination to God. We disagree. We say that we’re all God’s creation, designed to share special gifts with those whom He loves. Our mission is to help people find destiny in inclusive Christianity; and our hope is to restore hearts that have been crushed by unnecessary judgements.”

The annual event will have numerous other speakers in addition to Bakker. This year David VanCronkhite of The Agape Transformation based in Atlanta will share his insight. Careful to celebrate gender diversity, the Out to the Nations conference will highlight three female leaders as well. Two speakers are based in Long Beach, California. They include Rev. Sandra Turnbull who is the pastor of Glory Tabernacle and Rev. Janet Robertson. Rev. Robertson is the executive director of Encounter Missions International. Also set to speak at the Asheville event is AP. Yoharaliz Negrón of Puerto Rico.

About Out to the Nations Transformation Conference: Out to the Nations Transformation Conference is an annual event in Asheville, North Carolina that celebrates those in the LGBT and straight communities who desire a personal relationship with God. Founded to bring support to a disenfranchised portion of society, the conference is hosted by the inclusive church, Jesus People Church of Asheville.

Information: To register for the Out to the Nations Transformation Conference visit www.ottn.info or call 828-423-9790. The event will be held at 278 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC. Contact: Pastor Tom Cash Founder info@outtothenations.org 828-423-9790 Websites: www.outtothenations.org www.jesuspeopleasheville.org Social Media: www.Facebook.com/OutToTheNations

About Jeff Fobes
As a long-time proponent of media for social change, my early activities included coordinating the creation of a small community FM radio station to serve a poor section of St. Louis, Mo. In the 1980s I served as the editor of the "futurist" newsletter of the U.S. Association for the Club of Rome, a professional/academic group with a global focus and a mandate to act locally. During that time, I was impressed by a journalism experiment in Mississippi, in which a newspaper reporter spent a year in a small town covering how global activities impacted local events (e.g., literacy programs in Asia drove up the price of pulpwood; soybean demand in China impacted local soybean prices). Taking a cue from the Mississippi journalism experiment, I offered to help the local Green Party in western North Carolina start its own newspaper, which published under the name Green Line. Eventually the local party turned Green Line over to me, giving Asheville-area readers an independent, locally focused news source that was driven by global concerns. Over the years the monthly grew, until it morphed into the weekly Mountain Xpress in 1994. I've been its publisher since the beginning. Mountain Xpress' mission is to promote grassroots democracy (of any political persuasion) by serving the area's most active, thoughtful readers. Consider Xpress as an experiment to see if such a media operation can promote a healthy, democratic and wise community. In addition to print, today's rapidly evolving Web technosphere offers a grand opportunity to see how an interactive global information network impacts a local community when the network includes a locally focused media outlet whose aim is promote thoughtful citizen activism. Follow me @fobes

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