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REFLECTIONS ON PRIDE

Episode 11

Artist and activist, Darren, shares about his journey exploring different faith communities.

PIPER JONES

Episode 10

Team member Piper tells us their story, talks about their passions, and where they are now in their faith journey. 

DARREN CALHOUN

Episode 9

Artist and activist, Darren, shares about his journey exploring different faith communities.

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In case you need resources

We’ve curated a list of available resources at the intersection of LGBTQIA+ and faith.

believr

believr is the mobile app for LGBTQ+ Christians to find connection, belonging, and love. Available for download on iOS or Android.

The Trevor Project

A national, 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide prevention service for LGBTQ youth. The Trevor Project provides crisis support services for LGBTQ youth in need.

Q Christian Fellowship

Q Christian Fellowship is cultivating radical belonging for LGBTQ+ Christians and allies through resources, community, and conferences.

Launchpad Partners

We provide coaching, tools, and resources to leaders like you who sense a calling to launch something new into the world – whether that something is a church, an organization, a podcast or “yet to be determined.”

Inclusion Audio

Audio editor and producer specializing in podcasting based in the California Bay Area. They believe in the power of stories to change lives. They work together to build a more inclusive world.

GLAAD

GLAAD's Religion, Faith & Values program works to amplify the voices of LGBT-affirming communities of faith and LGBT people of faith.

Refuge Radio

Explore personal journeys on faith, identity, and growth.

Being a Refuge

Providing space built around love and safety by and for the LGBTQIA+ community.

Elevating voices

Proclaiming hope for those unable to see safety around them.

Doing justice

Speaking up against the oppressive organizations that are hurting LGBTQIA+ individuals.

Gaines Taylor (he/him)

Director, Storyteller

Gaines@refugefaith.org

Meet the team

Our team is here to provide loving and affirming fellowship to people exploring the intersection of their queer identity and spirituality.

Brenden Bell (he/him)

Storyteller

Brenden@refugefaith.org

Piper Jones (they/them)

Digital Community Advocate

Piper@refugefaith.org

Piper Jones (they/them)

Digital Community Advocate

Piper@refugefaith.org

Brenden Bell (he/him)

Storyteller

Brenden @refugefaith.org

Gaines Taylor (he/him)

Director, Storyteller

Gaines@refugefaith.org

Piper helps create content for the Refuge Faith TikTok and is Lead Moderator of our Discord server. Fresh out of a Minneapolis megachurch where they worked for six years, and having graduated both Actors, Models and Talent for Christ and Disciple Internship, Piper’s theology and resulting content now pulls from a deep well of experience, intent on showing others in the LGBTQ community just how loved they truly are, and that they are not alone in their hurt.

Brenden grew up in fundamentalist Christian evangelicalism and spent most of his adult life in one form of religious ministry or another. From youth pastor to missionary to filmmaker to camp counselor, Brenden has worn a lot of hats throughout the course of his life, and in 2017 he added one more when he came out as gay, left ministry and started a new journey. Brenden currently works as a therapist. When he’s not working you’ll find him in a cafe reading a book, watching endless videos of dogs on TikTok, or talking about Star Wars.

Gaines is Director of Refuge Faith Community and co-host of Refuge Radio. He believes strongly in the power of story and its ability to bring people together. Experiencing hurt from so many faith spaces, Gaines strives to make Refuge a place of safety, community, and a place to elevate the voices of those who feel like they’ve never been able to express themselves safely - a loved child of the Divine, complete in all their queerness. Gaines can usually be found at the local coffee shop in Bristol, Pennsylvania, with an iced coffee in hand.

Refuge Space

Join our online community of our LGBTQIA+ siblings and allies who are dedicated to growing with each other in building each other up.

Refuge Space

Join our online community of our LGBTQIA+ siblings and allies who are dedicated to growing with each other in building each other up.

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Gaines Taylor (he/him)

Director, Storyteller

Gaines@refugefaith.org

Brenden Bell (he/him)

Storyteller

Brenden @refugefaith.org

Piper Jones (they/them)

Digital Community Advocate

Piper@refugefaith.org

Being a refuge

Providing space built around love and safety by and for the LGBTQIA+ community.

Elevating voices

Proclaiming hope for those unable to see safety around them.

Doing justice

Speaking up against the oppressive organizations that are hurting LGBTQIA+ individuals.

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We're glad you're here

Refuge Faith community was created to support LGBTQIA+ people of faith and their friends. We’re all about providing safety, hope, and love as we build relationships, elevate stories, and grow together.

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