began his position as Executive Director on February 1, 2016. He
served a local church for twelve years on the pastoral
counseling staff and he is the Founder and Director of
Love&Truth Network. He and his wife, Melissa, are the parents of
two young sons, and they live in Maine, New York.
Here is more about Garry from his
personal testimony ...
"Though I grew up in a
Christian family it was a home without much warmth or love. Our
church was legalistic and unbalanced. As a child, a realization
began to set in; I was developing strong and growing attraction
to other guys. After praying for years and begging God to take
away what He clearly condemned in Scripture, I worked up the
nerve to approach several Christian leaders about the battle
going on inside of me. They provided no answers and offered no
help or support. After that I rebelled altogether. Looking for
“Mr. Right” while experiencing sexual “freedom” took a huge toll
on my life.
Eventually, God brought me to
an unusual church that offered to walk alongside me, even with
all my sin, weakness and immaturity. Over time, the men treated
me as if I belonged with them (that was a new experience). They
cared and showed the real love of Jesus to me. Just by being in
relationship with me they began to “call out” the good of the
masculine – established in me by God from the beginning.
Honestly, they didn’t really even know what they were doing,
they were just good men who understood their own depravity and
didn’t view or treat me as uniquely screwed up. God began to use
his sons and daughters in this “healthy-enough” church to reveal
and bring out the “truest me”– the man I was created to be.
God called me into full-time
ministry, and after 12 years of working at this church and
pastoring, I’m still on my healing journey. I founded Love &
Truth Network, a ministry that comes alongside Christian leaders
to help equip them to create redemptive, compassionate and
transformational environments for people experiencing all kinds
of relational and sexual brokenness — the majority of us in the
body of Christ!"
Karen has retired as Executive
Director after serving Transforming Congregations since 2003.
She is a graduate of Drew Theological School, an ordained Elder
in the Peninsula - Delaware Annual Conference of The United
Methodist Church, and the author of Forgetting How to Blush:
United Methodism's Compromise with the Sexual Revolution.
She has been active in United Methodist renewal efforts --
including attending the last three General Conferences -- for
several decades. She and her husband, Rev. Randy Booth, live in
Monroe, Wisconsin. She will continue to be involved in special
projects for the ministry on an "as needed" basis.