Rev. Greg Lyon
Marrying Truth and Love: Preparing For and Speaking about LGBTQIA+, Rev. Greg Lyon
What do I say? Where do I turn? What do I do? How do I even figure out what questions I have?
Whether you’re a parent, a friend, a pastor, a teacher, or a school administrator, you have probably asked questions like this when it comes to LGBTQIA+ issues. So many of us are trying to figure out what to do for the individuals we care about who are struggling. Other church leaders among us are trying to figure out how to care for and protect the church and school that we love. Whether speaking to individuals or administrating schools and churches, we seek to marry truth and love so that the two will not suffer an ugly divorce.
Our time in this session will not be able to probe the depths of the issue or answer every individual situation that is weighing on your mind and heart. Nor will we be able to address every individual threat to your ministries. However, God-willing, you will come away with foundational biblical truths and tips for how to share them in love. And you will have an initial list of some proactive steps that ministries can take to prepare for situations that might come, so that you can get the discussions of how to handle those situations going.
Rev. Greg Lyon
Pastor Greg Lyon has been serving as a campus pastor at Wisconsin Lutheran College since 2015. In his role at WLC, he spends a good portion of his time offering pastoral care to individual students. He is concluding a masters of sacred theology from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary with an emphasis on pastoral care and is pursuing a masters of counseling through Bethany Lutheran College. He has completed a certificate in trauma counseling through the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In addition to pastoral counseling, Pastor Lyon has been involved in writing statements and has assisted in crafting policies specifically related to LGBTQIA+ challenges. He is currently co-chairing the WELS synodical task force on gender identity. He is also a contributing author for Forward in Christ and an Everyone Outreach facilitator.
He is a 2010 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary and has been happily married to Amy (Moll) since 2006. Together they have three children: Samuel (2011), Elliana (2012) and Addison (2016).