Charles Kiser —  November 5, 2007 — 7 Comments

Jesus cared about people on the fringes. He hung with people at the bottom of the barrel. In fact, Jesus spent time with people who had such shady reputations that rumors spread that he was a sinner and a glutton. Just think about his friends: the Samaritan woman (the wrong race), the lepers (the wrong condition), the woman caught in adultery (the wrong sin), tax collectors (the wrong occupation)—the list goes on.

If Jesus were still in the flesh today one place we’d find him would be among gays and lesbians. Gays and lesbians are marginalized people. The government struggles with what to do with them; the church struggles even more.

One of the reasons I’m so excited about starting a church in the heart of Dallas is because there’s a significant gay and lesbian population in the area. We first discovered it when we were driving down a major thoroughfare in Oaklawn (just north of Uptown). Gay pride flags hung from the exteriors of bars and restaurants. I thought to myself: Jesus would start a church here.

God is already providing mentors and resources for us as we prepare to be good neighbors to those of the gay and lesbian community. Earlier this month at the Zoe Worship Conference in Nashville, we met Sally Gary, Executive Director of CenterPeace. CenterPeace is a new organization committed to help churches better understand and respond to those with same-sex attraction. We listened as Sally shared her own same-sex struggles and how God had healed her. She spoke of how CenterPeace would equip people to move into gay and lesbian communities as agents of the kingdom. Needless to say, Sally was enthralled to hear of our plans.

I anticipate future conversations with Sally and the ways that she’ll equip and mentor us as we love those who live with same-sex attraction. I know there are so many questions concerning this subject to which I don’t have answers; and there are so many questions I haven’t even begun asking.

But God is already there, already at work. The most important question we can ask is, How can we join you, God?

Charles Kiser


I’m a pastor, missionary, and contextual theologian in Dallas, Texas. I’m committed to equipping and coaching Christians to start fresh expressions of Christian community in Dallas County — communities of hospitality, inclusion, justice, and healing.

7 responses to CenterPeace


    Charles – This is an exciting aspect of your mission in uptown, not only because it goes where Jesus goes but because of the wealth of wisdom and gifts that the Spirit has bestowed among these people. Your mission will be enriched in unpredictable ways by your openness to the work of God among them.

    I look forward to reading more entries in this new category.




    love you bro.
    hey, when i was at catalyst, i heard chris seay from speak about the opportunities they were faced with in their ministry there in houston, specifically concerning the gay community. that is not the main identity of the church, but they are impacting that community.
    peace out – yes, i said that – prudog


    I love you guys and what you are doing. You remain in my prayers.




    sally gary is one of my most favoritest people ever.


    I love it. I’m so glad you’re planting in Dallas, a place that needs you so, so much. Oak Lawn is the perfect part of town to work with and I hope your endeavors are well received. You two are certainly capable! My brother (as he said above) has such respect for Sally and from what I’ve read and heard about her, I do, too. Love y’all!


    I am so excited that you and the team are embracing the people that Jesus loves so much. You will be an example to the rest of us. I am anxious for you to share and for us to grow with you.

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