Who We Are

Our Leadership

Executive Director, Garry Ingraham
Garry 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!"

 
Emeritus Director, Karen Booth

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.




 

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