Welcome to our first episode of the new podcast by First United Methodist Church of Oak Ridge! Mark Flynn and Steve Martin are the hosts of this slightly irreverent, definitely thought-provoking podcast, and Helen Ryde of Reconciling Ministries Network is our first guest.
Helen (she/her/hers or they/them/theirs) serves as Reconciling Ministries Network’s full-time Southeastern Regional Organizer, working to engage United Methodist churches and small groups in creating LGBTQIA+ inclusive faith communities. Helen grew up in England and moved to the States in 1998. She is a recovering ex-gay pro-conversion therapy, charismatic evangelical, a member of the Order of Deaconess and Home Missioner in The United Methodist Church and lives with her wife Kate just north of Asheville, NC.