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Church leaders commendations

What Christian leaders are saying

Our fellowship was greatly blessed by the recent visit of a speaker from TFT. What we learned about this important ministry and the work it does was deeply encouraging. The current cultural pressures facing the church in the area of sexuality make it vital that we support biblical organisations such as this one.
Steve Ridgeway, Pastor, Thornton Heath Evangelical Church
Our Sunday Service with a TFT speaker was brilliant! He put a nervous congregation at ease with his warmth and talked very helpfully about his story and the scriptures that impacted him. His compassion and emphasis on God's grace were extremely helpful. I'd definitely recommend - thank you!
Steven Ayers, Pastor, Kendal Road Baptist Church, Gloucester
It was so helpful to hear Rob’s testimony about his own struggles with same sex attraction alongside clear Biblical teaching. He then answered questions very graciously and carefully, always pointing back to Jesus and the joy of knowing him.
Tom Watts, Senior Minister, St John’s Downshire Hill
We had a great time with our young people tackling difficult issues and questions. They were really engaged and showed it by asking some great questions.
Andy Clark, Associate Minister, St Botolph's Church
TFT gives theological and spiritual, but also practical and personal, support and information to those who experience same-sex attraction (SSA), and to the churches which seek to care for them. TFT combines deep Biblical reflection with cultural relevance, drawing on many years of ministry among those who identify as SSA, gay or LGBTQ.
Steve Latham, Pastor, Kings Cross Baptist Church
We had Rob Wood come and speak on the topic of what the Bible says about same-sex orientation. His presentation was deeply biblical, crystal clear and full of humility, grace and sensitivity. I strongly recommend him as a speaker.
Rev. Chris Mellor, Senior Leader, Elmwood Church, Salford
Rob was a pleasure to host, and he did a great job of sharing and teaching with our youth group. His answers to questions in particular were very clear and helpful, and we have received good positive feedback from both the young people and parents.
Stephen Martin, Assistant Pastor, Winchester Vineyard Church
True Freedom Trust and their speakers are wonderful at sharing the good news of the Bible to the LGBT community and helping those who know God understand that biblical message as well as how to engage with this important group of people in our community in a loving, accessible and friendly way. We are much better equipped and inspired now for hearing from them.
Chris Kimbangi, Lead Pastor, Centrepoint Church, Guildford
It was great to have people with first hand experience of the issues present the teaching of the scriptures on this topic in such a clear way, with sensitivity. I believe it was much appreciated by those who were there.
Tim Doggart, Deacon, Blackburn Baptist Church
We recently had a training session with TFT. It was excellent - everything handled with clarity and a gracious attitude. TFT were very ease to liaise with and I would definitely recommend them as a very helpful resource in this vital and challenging area.
Tim Francis, Elder, Citygate Church, Bournemouth
We were really pleased to have Stuart with us for the day and with the way he related to the day conference group and answered questions. We appreciated the time he took to prepare case studies applicable to overseas mission situations.
Steve Bryant, Chairman of Global Connections TCK Forum
The humble and gracious way the speaker engaged with us enabled a freedom in the conversation even about controversial issues.
Rev Paul Gough, Minister, Crossways Community Baptist Church
Wow! This was one of the most worthwhile and valuable evenings we've hosted in church. It was so helpful having TFT come to visit. The guys did an amazing job handling both the subject and any questions with biblical truth and clarity, which was all communicated with genuine love. I can't recommend TFT enough! Have them come visit, you won't regret it.
Darryl Mallet, Pastor, The King’s Centre
I appreciate the way TFT bring both the raw honesty of personal experience and clear biblical principles to bear on such sensitive and controversial issues, in a gracious yet uncompromising way. Their voice needs to be heard in the current climate of intolerance and confusion.
Jonathan Dawson, Pastor, Fords Lane Evangelical Church
The Christian church is not known for its love for people who have same sex attraction. Following Rob's visit, we are now much better equipped to respond with the grace that Jesus wants us to show.
Jonathan Bailey, Minister, Caterham Baptist Church
The biblically-driven and grace-filled ministry of TFT will always be very close to my heart. As someone who benefited personally and pastorally when I first came to faith in my early twenties, and subsequently served as a trustee and then as Director for a number of years, I'm delighted to warmly commend my former colleagues. If you have never had someone from TFT to teach at your church, I strongly encourage you to consider booking a speaker!
Jonathan Berry, Pastor, Hope Church Chesham
It was very good to hear someone speak on the issue of sexuality, in a way that was biblical, sensitive and relevant. We found it very helpful.
Graeme Fairbairn, (Former) Church Pastor, Wycliffe Baptist Church
Thanks for the great teaching and clear testimony of what God says in His Word. A message of love, grace and truth, spoken with love, and in grace and truth.
Alan Moore, Minister, Randalstown 2nd Presbyterian
The speaker from TFT gave a gracious and biblical presentation of the issues. I am sure everyone attending will go away with renewed confidence in God's love, the Bible's message and a desire to serve the Lord in their community.
Adam Laughton, Saved2Serve
The speaker was knowledgeable and gracious as he helped us think things through biblically and practically. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend input from TFT.
Jon Woodrow, Pastor, Grace Community Church, Stevenage
TFT offers a personal and profound message of clarity and hope for a world in such confusion over sexuality. We are honoured to know them and have their input at our church.
Gary Breaks, Pastor, Kilmarnock
I can thoroughly recommend the teaching provided by Stuart and Rob on the topic of sexuality and gender issues. Their informative presentation was soundly Bible-based and enhanced with personal testimony and case study.
Peter Garratt, Manager, Pilgrims Hall
When many people, including Christians, are confused about sexuality, TFT's ministry to those who experience same-sex attraction, and to the wider church, is vital.
Andrew Raynes, Vicar, Christ Church Blackburn
We were delighted to welcome Rob Wood to Carrickfergus in Northern Ireland as our guest preacher. Rob's message & ministry was a real blessing to us as a church as well as challenging us deeply. The content was biblical & honest and Rob's preaching was both passionate & compassionate - the truth spoken in love.
Leslie Addis, Minister, Woodlands Presbyterian Church
I can commend Rob Wood and TFT without hesitation to address delicate issues around Human Sexuality in a loving, grace-filled and thoroughly biblical way.
Clive Burnard, Senior Pastor, Mutley Baptist Church
I have been engaged in this type of ministry for over 30 years. In that time, I have seen much change in Christian perception and witnessed the increased rejection of biblical truth by both organisations and individuals of previous good standing. But that is not the case with True Freedom Trust. For 40 years this ministry has stood firm offering biblical truth, pastoral support, and hope to those who struggle with same-sex attraction. I recommend this ministry without reservation.
Jeanette Howard, Author and Speaker
I have been aware of the work of TFT for some time. These brothers and sisters are performing a vital task of bringing biblical grace and truth to bear for those with same- sex temptations and gender dysphoria. I warmly commend their work.
Bishop Andy Lines, Mission Director, Crosslinks
Over the last half century there has been a huge revolution in attitudes to sex, marriage and human sexuality. Throughout this period, TFT has been a beacon of sensitive, balanced thinking and wise pastoral support. Countless numbers of Christians who want to remain faithful to classic Christian thought and teaching on sexuality have been helped. As this revolution continues to play out, their work and witness will become more important still and I’m deeply grateful for their wise and faithful ministry.
Glynn Harrison, Professor and Head of Department of Psychiatry, University of Bristol (retired)
Thanks so much for all you did last week at our youth camp. That was really appreciated, and very well received by the campers, who continued to chat about it as the week went on. Above all, thank you for your honesty and biblical faithfulness, and your gospel focus in all you do.
Jim Sayers, Communications Director, Grace Baptist Mission
TFT have long been the market-leaders in providing encouragement and support for same-sex attracted Christians like me. I’m eternally grateful for the Christ-like compassion and companionship my membership has brought me.
Ed Shaw, Co-Founder of and Pastor of Emmanuel City Centre, Bristol
As a same-sex attracted Christian I have benefited from the witness and teaching of TFT, and the time I have spent at TFT conferences with like-minded people has been a huge source of joy, fun and inspiration. They provide much-needed love, support and care from within a biblical framework in a world which often does not understand the counter-cultural way that Jesus calls us to live.
Sean Doherty, Co-Founder of and member of General Synod
It is a privilege and pleasure to commend the great work that TFT does, both in upholding orthodox Biblical teaching on love, sex and marriage, and pastorally helping and supporting those who experience same-sex attraction to live faithfully as disciples of Jesus, the Son of God. In the present climate the work TFT does is supremely valuable.
Wallace Benn, Bishop of Lewes (retired)
TFT offers support, teaching, and encouragement for helping Christians live out their convictions on sexuality in the context of the local church. That’s exactly what we need today and so I’m delighted the True Freedom Trust exists and appreciate its work.
Graham Beynon, Pastor of Grace Church, Cambridge. Director of Independent Training, Oak Hill Theological College, London
The feedback from both staff and students from last week has been overwhelmingly positive. We much appreciated the strong biblical content in the sessions you led and comment has also been made about the way in which you both dealt with issues in a pastorally sensitive manner. Thank you for that investment of time and we trust you both went away feeling it was a day well spent.
Ian Coffey, Vice-Principal (Strategy), MA Course Leader and Director of Leadership Training (Moorlands College)
I get lots of materials from many different Christian organisations, but your newsletter Ascend is the one that I will read and reread. Your leader article was particularly helpful - encouraging and challenging and, as ever, extremely practical for all Christians, including myself, as we seek to resist temptation and walk with Jesus on the road of discipleship.
Andrew Patterson, Minister for Evangelism, Emmanuel Church, Chesham
The work of True Freedom Trust has been of huge value over the years in teaching God’s good design for sex and marriage and offering pastoral encouragement for Christians experiencing same-sex attraction. Its faithful, winsome witness is urgently needed in encouraging the church to hold firmly to God’s truth while caring deeply for his people.
Vaughan Roberts, Rector of St Ebbe’s Oxford
Thank you so much for coming to teach us and share your story with us. We very much appreciated your time with us, and the way that you warmly modelled truth and grace.
John Russell, Lead Minister of Cornerstone Church, Nottingham