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Lesbian minister shifts from Fundamentalism to a religion that embraces all

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Rev. Cynthia Andrews-Looper (“Pastor Cindy” as she is affectionately called by those who love her), is a native of Greenville, SC. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Masters in Ministry from Southern Wesleyan University.

In January 1996, after much soul-searching, she moved from Greenville, SC to Nashville, TN. In August of that same year, she started a Bible study that grew into what is today Holy Trinity Community Church, an open and affirming church of the United Church of Christ. 

During the summer of 2014, while on a two month sabbatical, Pastor Cindy heard and followed God’s call to step down as Sr. Pastor of Holy Trinity and start a new ministry, Ignite Your Soul Now. She completed her ministry at Holy Trinity in October of this year. She is currently writing a book about her life story which she plans to title: TRUST GOD OR GO CRAZY, my journey from fundamentalist fear and insanity to hope and peace in Christ. This journey includes her call to ministry as a woman raised in a conservative Baptist church, the reconciliation of her faith and sexual orientation and amazing stories of God's faithfulness in the trying times of life.

Pastor Cindy’s personal encounters with God’s love are the fire that fuels her ministry. She says, “One day, in my early thirties, I came face to face in spirit with a holy God and found an unconditional love that changed me deeply and inspired me to share this hope with others. It is that passion to share God’s love that keeps me alive spiritually. We serve a God whose arms are open to anyone who will walk into them. I want individuals to find God’s loving embrace through my ministry. God is the Source of all that is. God is the Source of all abundance and love. God’s desire is that we live withf absolute love and complete abundance, instead of fear and lack. My message is one of hope, love and light. 

 

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