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

Pieter Valk, LPC
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.

Pieter is motivated by the pain and beauty of his story and the stories of fellow gay Christians submitting their sexualities to the Lordship of Christ. Learn more about Pieter’s story here.

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Amber Carroll
Parent Content Specialist & Volunteer Engagement Director

Amber joined EQUIP in January of 2018.  She leads the prayer team, manages volunteer opportunities, and writes content for parents of young kids, including EQUIP’s 10-hour Parent Course titled “Christian Parenting in a Sex-Obsessed Culture.”

She graduated from Union University in 2008 with a BA in English and Secondary Education.  After graduation, Amber taught grades 7, 9, 10, and 11 in the public school system for six years.  In addition to her work with EQUIP, Amber also copyedits for Addis Press.

This work matters to Amber because her ex-husband is gay, and she’s seen firsthand some of the ways the Church didn’t offer the things he needed to thrive in his faith.  Amber also has two young kids, and if one of them happens to be gay, she wants them to grow up hearing from the Church that God loves gay people and has good things for them. Learn more about Amber’s story here.




Lindsey Snyder
Content Creator & Donor Relations Officer

Lindsey started working with EQUIP in October 2019. As a gay Christian woman committed to the historical biblical sexual ethic, Lindsey is passionate about teaching the Church how to love and disciple LGBT+ people well. She is thrilled to get the opportunity to write content for EQUIP specifically for and about gay women.

Lindsey graduated from Taylor University in 2014 with a BA in Film and Media Production. She is currently working towards a Master’s in Social Work. Her goal is to become a counselor and journey with others like her who are navigating the tension between their Christian faith and sexuality.



Lauren Voncannon
Communications & Marketing Strategist

Lauren joined EQUIP in August 2020. She serves as the Marketing and Communications Strategist. Lauren is passionate about equipping Christians to better love sexual minorities. Lauren envisions the standardization of compassionate conversations regarding sexual minorities in the Church. She just wrote her first book, Trust Me, I’ve Got This, which details her own journey with same sex attraction, while also being a Christian.

She earned a BS in Communications from Liberty University in 2018 where she worked in several different roles from campus leadership to co-hosting a radio show. Lauren is originally from North Carolina but now lives in Tennessee.


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