When choosing a speaker on the subject of “homosexuality and redemption,”  I believe it is important to consider the endorsements. God has blessed in opening doors where there has been a desire to learn how to reach out to gays/homosexuals with the love, redemption and healing of Jesus Christ.

I am sharing the blessings of the following endorsements.

“…Wayne became convicted that he had been self-centered. Through a deep and ongoing encounter with Jesus, his life and his focus have been transformed. Wayne has now founded “Know His Love Ministries.” Rather than urging gay people to become heterosexual he encourages them, indeed all of us, to live a Christ-centered life.  His teaching will be a blessing to your congregation with relevant encouragement to all of us who struggle with sin in our lives. You need not be apprehensive about inviting him to speak, for I have found him to be amazingly sensitive and thoughtful in his approach. ”  Max Torkelsen II, President North Pacific Union Conference of  Seventh-day Adventists

“In an age when self-indulgence is celebrated and defended through political correctness, Wayne Blakely lives and speaks a message of self-denial that leads every audience to the foot of the cross, and to new life in Christ. I have personally been touched by the testimony of this man who left the homosexual lifestyle to pursue a biblical lifestyle of sexual purity. Wayne makes no claims of sudden heterosexuality resulting from his baptism, and doesn’t deny the reality of temptation. But his commitment to holiness and to being a “new creation” in Christ, makes his a relevant and timely gospel message for everyone—not just the homosexual. Transformation, not accommodation, is Wayne’s message for these times. I fully endorse Wayne’s ministry and encourage my fellow pastors to give Wayne an opportunity to bless their congregations with his powerful testimony.”

Pastor Randy Maxwell, Kuna, Idaho

“I invited Wayne Blakely to do a three-part seminar on the subject of homosexuality at the
Grants Pass, Oregon Adventist Church in August of 2011.
The response of the congregation to the seminar was very positive. Wayne used great
discretion in speaking about his prior life in sin, and in giving Christ all the credit for
lifting him out of the pit of sin.

His presentations were interesting and informative. By the time Wayne left town, the
congregation knew how to relate to those in the Gay community in a Christ-like manner.”

Marvin Clark, Pastor, Grants Pass, Oregon

In the past six months, I have had the opportunity to attend two separate presentations given by Wayne Blakely.  The first was in September 2011, when he talked to Seventh-day Adventist pastors in College Place, WA from all over the Northwest.  The second was in February 2012 at the SDA Church in Richland, WA, where he gave a weekend seminar for our area.  My impressions are as follows.

First, I very much appreciated Wayne’s humility.  He is not on a band wagon, not an activist, and not in your face whatsoever.  On the contrary, Wayne simply shares his own journey out of the homosexual lifestyle because of his life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ experienced through Scripture, as well as healthy friendships offered him by his SDA church family.  Wayne does not claim to know it all and freely admits if he does not have an answer.  He is willing to listen and learn as he shares what God has done in his life, and he remains patient, self-possessed, courteous and thoughtful when responding to questions or comments.

Second, Wayne’s integrity and transparency is genuine and refreshing.  By tactfully revealing his own struggles and how God empowered him to transition from a homosexual identity to an identity of being in Christ, I was left feeling reassured that God really can transform all of us, gays included, who are willing to bask in God’s love and grace and follow where He leads.

Third, his understanding of the gay worldview is remarkably insightful.  As a pastor I have found that people in the pews and in the community are confused about homosexuality, given the inundation of misinformation from the media.  Having come out of this lifestyle himself has given Wayne exceptional awareness of the issues with real-life credibility.  This is why his talks are so needed, helpful and timely.

Most important, Wayne helps Christians understand how to relate with gays without fear, how to engage them in conversations when they are ready, and how to share truths in a loving, inviting way.  He certainly helped me think through the various gay issues from a solidly Bible-based, God-honoring SDA perspective.  And given the soon-to-be-released documentary entitled, “Seventh-Gay Adventist”, I feel prepared to deal tactfully and truthfully with the confusing misinformation presented in the film.

Bottom line?  It is my firm conviction that SDA churches need to invite Wayne to help educate SDAs on how to love and reach people in the gay lifestyle.  He is clear, credible and trustworthy, and what he shares grabs the heart and mind, showing the best ways to reach and win their hearts for Christ.

And because of his ministry, SDA pastors, churches and schools will be better equipped to help those who are confused about gay friends or relatives, as well as better prepared to deal with the potential fallout from the SGA film.  Personally, I thank God for raising up Wayne and his colleagues in “Coming Out Ministries” for such a time as this.

If you have any questions or concerns about Wayne’s ministry, I would be happy to dialogue with you.

Peace and courage be yours from Christ Jesus our Lord,

Teddy Shupe, Pastor,  Pasco, Washington

2011 Northwest Adventist Leadership Convention – September 7-10, 2011 Walla Walla University

Invited as guest speaker.

Taken from an abusive birth mother at the age of two, Wayne Blakely was adopted by a Christ-centered aunt and uncle and raised in an Adventist home. In his developmental years, neither the church nor Christian psychologists were able to offer support and guidance regarding homosexual tendencies and God’s Word. Support for Blakely ultimately came from the gay community. After nearly 40 years of living in a gay lifestyle, God intervened and Blakely received Gods’ clear direction. He claims God’s grace and forgiveness and allows Christ to manifest healing and lives according to God’s will. Surprisingly, Blakely discovered that in 40 years, little had changed with regard to being able to recognize support and guidance in the church for those tempted with same-sex attraction. As a result, Blakely has stepped forward allowing God to use him in making a difference regarding a long-overlooked issue among church members. Today, Blakely focuses on providing education and enlightenment not likely provided by theological seminaries.” Copied verbatim from the weekend’s Power Surge source guide.

In the last two years I have also been on a number of  radio broadcasts, and television interviews, including 3ABN and Better Life Television. Links to these interviews can be found here on my website.