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1128 Ministry

Have you ever felt hurt by the church because of your sexual or gender identity?

As LGBTQ+ and ally members of St. John’s, we see you. You are God’s child, and we love you as you are. You are welcome here.

Share your story. Hear our stories. And may God’s story meet ours and bring healing and affirmation.

1128 is a new ministry whose name is inspired by the passage Matthew 11:28 when Jesus says, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” 

1128’s intention is to create and hold a safe, inclusive space for LGBTQ+ people and allies to come together in order to do the following:

  • Know, share, and live into the expansive love and grace of Christ

  • Share our stories, hurts, and identities without judgment

  • Facilitate healing through storytelling, affirmation, and fellowship

  • Be a transformative agent through education, inreach, and outreach with regard to LGBTQ+ issues and Christian faith and life


The Christian Church's legacy to LGBTQ+ people is one built on historic hostility that has resulted in pain and separation of LGBTQ+ people from religious communities that were meant to share and live the expansive love of God to all creation in and through Christ. Rather than following Jesus' example of welcoming all people in love and building them up in faith, the Church has often disenfranchised LGBTQ+ people, becoming the stumbling block to faith that Jesus warned against. 1128 was established to become part of the movement to end this cycle and to bring healing and reconciliation to LGBTQ+ people both within and outside the Church.



Members of the team:


Gary Cadwising

Jo Hoffmeier

Kara Haug

Amanda DeFazio

Chelsea Butler

Marina Castro

Nicole Oehmke

Juelie Sugidono

Email to learn more about this ministry.