Gay Pastor Opens Church After ‘No Love’ From Traditional Church [Video]

Gay Pastor Opens Church After ‘No Love’ From Traditional ChurchPastor Curt Thomas has opened his own church after finding there was “no love” for him in traditional worship settings. His former church forced him out when they found out he was gay and Thomas decided it was to time to start his own ministry. In 2008, the pastor who is originally from Pasadena returned to Los Angeles having served in three other churches as youth pastor.

Before setting out to open the church known as Renewed Church of Los Angeles, Thomas was mentored by many gifted men of God. One man in particular was Bishop Oliver Clyde Allen III; it was under his tutelage that Thomas received the courage to develop his own church.

Gay Pastor Opens Church After ‘No Love’ From Traditional ChurchBishop Allen is the founder and senior pastor of Vision Church of Atlanta where he serves with his partner, First Gentleman Rashad Burgess (First G). He is also the presiding bishop of the United Progressive Pentecostal Church Fellowship, which consists of leaders and ministries all joined to the same vision. It is under this covering where Renewed Church of Los Angeles abides.

Bishop Allen is part of the LGBT community and has been an openly gay pastor since his church was established in 2003. Being one of the premiere openly gay pastors Bishop Allen and his life partner caught a lot of grief from many of his colleagues but did not let others opinions stop him from walking in the realm he felt called to. Unlike several traditional worship settings many have said when they visited Bishop Allen and his First G’s church there is so much love in the building negativity has no room to flourish.

The Renewed Church of Los Angeles first opened its doors in October 2011 as a direct result of Bishop Allen’s influence. The church meets on Sundays at 12:30 p.m. for Praise and Worship, Bible enrichment and a weekly sermon. The church’s overarching theme is, “This is a place you can be you!!!” The mission of this church is to create an environment where all people are accepted, encouraged and enlightened through practical Bible lessons, worship and community involvement.Gay Pastor Opens Church After ‘No Love’ From Traditional Church

At Renewed Church everyone is accepted with unconditional love. This is a ministry that enforces the principle of acceptance because Jesus broke down the barriers that have divided people into categories of clean verses unclean. The only requirement to connect with God is a willing heart that is open to receive his unconditional love and forgiveness.

Everyone is worthy of God’s love and any faith community which excludes, judges or is intolerant of people is operating outside of the model exampled by Jesus.

The majority of the church’s congregation falls into the category of those who identify as same gender lovers (SGL) or homosexuals. Thomas says although Renewed Church welcomes homosexuals with open arms, sexuality has very little to do with the mission of the church as a whole.

It is not about being gay; it’s about your relationship with God which is much more important than your sexuality. We focus on your spirituality first and then your sexuality while most churches focus on your sexuality first.

Renewed Church is housed in the back of Jewel’s Catch One club. Members and visitors are ushered inside by way of a red carpet as they pass walls covered with photos of local black heroes within the LGBT community. These local heroes helped pave the way for the advancement of LGBT rights in the Los Angeles area. The photos are there to empower viewers that they too can make a difference in the community with God’s help.

Jewel’s Catch One opened its doors in 1972 as the nation’s first black gay and lesbian disco. Having evolved with the times, the venue now serves as both a high energy dance club and community center welcoming everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation. The club also focuses on raising awareness and financial support for their alternative non-profit medical clinic, the Village Health Foundation.Gay Pastor Opens Church After ‘No Love’ From Traditional Church

The 35-year-old pastor is not afraid of any challenges that may arise from his position. He knows that his presence is necessary and that Renewed Church is a link in the chain of an awakening that has been slowly coming. Thomas said one of his challenges is being sensitive to each member’s gender identity and expression of their sexuality. It is important to address people respectfully and that includes being aware of how they identify themselves.

Pastor Curt Thomas has opened his own church after being ex-communicated from his previous church for being homosexual. Thomas said his church seeks to make homosexuality normal. He is a pastor who loves God, people and is boyfriend. No one that attends his ministry will ever have to worry about living a double life because he has an open door policy of service and understanding. His goal is to help eradicate the shame associated with homosexuality, especially among the household of faith.

By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)

Sources:

Moving to LA Today
Gay Christian
Vision Church

5 Responses to "Gay Pastor Opens Church After ‘No Love’ From Traditional Church [Video]"

  1. Heidi   October 14, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    There is no such thing as Homosexuality in “Jesus Name” & it’s not ok 2 JUDGE neither JUSTIFY that Gay Preachers are Operating in the Flesh not the Spirit bc truly being SAVED isn’t Leafing a Church in SIN & these Preachers are not in the PRESENCE of God or the Word making a MOCKERY of MINISTRY!!!

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  2. Pearl Shongwe   August 27, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    i am not one to judge, because i am nowhere close to perfect. but lesbians and gays are not shown any mercy in the Bible. i’m not saying we should be hostile to them, but then again we cannot lie to ourselves and say it’s ok. I mean why would God create a man and a woman (Adam and Eve) ? i’m not here to condemn anyone, but please be honest with yourselves. GAY CHURCH???? I will not condone such because then i will be calling God a liar. Fine, be gay. But don’t involve God and His word in it. don’t change it into what makes you happy just because you don’t like it. THE TRUTH CAN HURT SOMETIMES! face it!!!

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  3. shirl   August 3, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Glad to hear that everyone still has the right to worship.

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  4. God's Prophet   August 1, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Sherrell Patterson!!! I am In no way condoning this, But Lets make sure we do misrepresent God by misuse, and improper application of the scripture.
    Ezekiel 16:49-50 (KJV)
    “Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.”

    Now I will say this! IT IS TIME TO PRAY!

    And while w’re praying, let us pray that we get us together. Because these (as much as we don’t want to admit it) Are doing more of what Jesus commissioned the “CHURCH” to do. If we take the time to admit it to ourselves, The truth is a large amount of what we are seeing is the fault of self righteous, religious folks, who spent more time focus on the hatred of the sin, instead of the love of the sinner, and extending the grace that was one day extended to them.

    And again I say!!! ” IT IS TIME TO PRAY!!!!” That we who say we are spiritual become walking epistle read by men! That our words might not condemn to the place of no return, but our lives may convict men’s spirit to a place of reconciliation!

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  5. sherrell patterson   July 31, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Really people really in God’s word is says that men should not lay with men and women should not lay with women. How can someone who is living on darkness lead any to light? This is the reason that God destroyed Sodom an Gomorrah. We are getting closer to Jesus returning so people get your soul’s right. Only God can judge.

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