Meet Pastor Bob

Hello, my name is Bob Stith. In 2007 I resigned my position as a pastor of thirty-seven years to enter a new phase of my life. I did so out of a deep sense of burden for an area of ministry that is greatly misunderstood and usually neglected by many churches: homosexuality. The result, Family Gender Issues, is a ministry about hope, help, and grace.
Change is possible, it's time to let people know.

In 1994 I realized homosexuality would be the watershed issue for the church in this generation. This is now generally accepted as true, but unfortunately many in the church see this as a call to arms against those who struggle with homosexuality. We don’t do this intentionally, but the result is that hurting people fall through the cracks and the church is labeled “anti-homosexual.” There are millions of despairing people who are being held in bondage by misinformation coming from both conservative and liberal Christians, but the happy reality is that many men and women who at one time were active in the gay community now walk in freedom. Many people who struggle with homosexuality admit they didn’t know change was possible. Change is possible. It's time to let people know.

  • acquainted with someone who struggles

    66 percent of the American public said they were personally acquainted with someone with same-sex attractions.

  • Will not preach on homosexuality

    23 percent of pastors will not preach on homosexuality because of the possible negative impact on membership.

  • unchurched young adults

    91 percent of unchurched adults think Christians are anti-homosexual.

  • Churched young adults

    80 percent of churched adults see Christians as anti-homosexual.

Get Help

The following links are available to help individuals and our culture understand the many different types of gender issues and where we can find help for ourselves, friends, and family.

Living Hope is a safe place for individuals seeking restoration and healing through weekly support group meetings, moderated online support forums, in-depth discipleship programs, and active partnerships with churches around the world.


The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention has put together this resource answering many questions concerning homosexuality.


The National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) is one of the largest organizations in the world specializing in research demonstrating that change is possible.


Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX) is a national non-profit organization committed to helping ex-gays and parents and friends of gays who want help, hope, and community. PFOX exists to educate, support, and advocate for individuals and parents on the issue of same-sex attraction and increase others’ understanding and acceptance of the ex-gay community.


Restored Hope is an inter-denominational, membership governed network dedicated to restoring hope to those broken by sexual and relational sin, especially those impacted by homosexuality. We proclaim that Jesus Christ has life-changing power for all who submit to Christ as Lord; we also seek to equip His church to impart that transformation.


The Hope for Wholeness Network exists so that those who struggle with homosexuality find freedom to live in sexual and relational wholeness according to God’s design. They are helping shed light on the complicated issues of sexual and relational brokenness.


Robert A. J. Gagnon is the foremost biblical scholar on homosexuality in the world. He is also associate professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. His website and resources are highly recommended.

Worthy Creations

Worthy Creations helps others bridge the gap between what they believe about themselves and what God says about their worth, establishing the cross of Christ to areas of wounding. “Whom the Son sets free shall be free indeed” (John 8:36).

Cross Ministry

Cross Ministry believes in the biblical model that says the church has been empowered by God to minister healing and wholeness to everyone.

The Sight Ministry

The Sight Ministry’s focus is to share the redemptive process of the Gospel of Jesus with individuals for whom homosexuality is a reality.



Sharring the greater story through our testimonies.
Fort Lauderdale, FL
“I was a lesbian for six years and thought I would always be that way, and I never knew that change was possible.”
San Francisco, CA
“My homosexual struggle has not been zapped away, but I know from God’s Word that He allows struggles in our lives so that His power might be displayed in us and so that He will receive glory.”
Opelika, Al
“Lord, if You’ll help me with this mess I’ve made of my life, I’ll do whatever You want me to do.”
Dennis Jernigan
Dennis Jernigan
Muskogee, OK
“Your circumstances, your sins, your wounds, etc., may all be different than mine, but the answer is still the same–Jesus.”
Wake Forest, NC
“Although the Bible gives no explicit steps for coming out of homosexuality, it is filled with principles that I could apply to my life.”


What people are saying about Pastor Bob

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Speaking Engagements

Pastor Bob has been speaking and teaching on the subject of homosexuality for over 20 years. If you would like more information about having Pastor Bob speak at your church, event, or retreat please fill out the form below. Some suggested topics are // The Church and Homosexuality - A Redemptive Response // The Bible and Homosexuality - Dealing with the relevant Scriptures and responding to gay theology // Cultural Challenges - legal challenges and genetic arguments // Help!! My Child Says He is Gay // Raising Gender Healthy Kids

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