MISSION

Our mission is to equip the Church to better love those who experience same-sex attraction.

 
 

VISION

We yearn for the Church to become a place where children hear their parents and pastors talk about same-sex attraction in theologically accurate and compassionate ways. So that when, in late elementary school or early middle school, some children realize they are attracted to other boys and girls of the same sex, they no longer respond with shame, fear, or hiding. Instead, we desire for them to share with their parents and pastors because they have heard that God still loves them and has good things for them.

 
 

BELIEFS

  1. God calls the Church to love and serve those who experience same-sex attraction regardless of what their journeys look like.
     
  2. God loves LGBT people and values the gifts, talents, and fellowship they can offer the Body of Christ.
     
  3. God promises a lifetime of sanctification and provision of fullness through Christ to all who seek faithfully.
     
  4. People do not choose who they are attracted to, but they can choose how they respond. While we affirm and teach from a traditional sexual ethic, we respect all people's right to follow their own paths.
 
 

WHAT WE AREN'T

EQUIP does not promise change in a person’s same-sex attraction. EQUIP does not advocate for reparative therapy or sexual orientation change therapy.

 
 

MEET THE STAFF

   Equip the Church in Nashville to love those who experience same-sex attraction

Pieter Valk
Executive Director

Pieter established EQUIP in the summer of 2014.

He graduated from Vanderbilt University with Highest Honors in Chemistry in 2013. After graduating, Pieter studied at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary for a year with a focus on Lay Leadership and Culture-making. As a fellow of the Boston Fellows Program, he worked as a ministry development intern and completed a 26-week Pastoral Counseling course on relational and sexual brokenness. In 2016 Pieter graduated from Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN, with his Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

In addition to his work with EQUIP, Pieter provides counseling services to LGBT+ students at a local Christian university.

EQUIP is stewarded by a Board of Directors. Contact them at theboard@EQUIPyourcommunity.org.

 
 

JOIN THE TEAM

FINANCE & OPERATIONS MANAGER
(quality control, financial management, event planning)

FUND DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
(ministry fundraising, staff training)

COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR
(information databases, communications, marketing)

COMMUNITY OUTREACH LIASON
(support groups, volunteers, community engagement)