Roberta Showalter Kreider

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Roberta Showalter Kreider was born in rural Kansas in 1926, and raised as a Mennonite, she spent most of her life believing homosexuality is a sin. Then in 1984, her beloved younger brother – a closeted gay man who was married and the father of four children – died of AIDS. For the next several years, Kreider prayed to God to bring her homosexuals so she could help them change. But after a spirit-led stirring in 1995, she and her husband, Harold, a retired Mennonite pastor, have dedicated themselves to seeking justice in the Christian community on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

Mrs. Kreider is the editor of three books, all anthologies of true-life accounts: From Wounded Hearts: Faith Stories of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered People and Those Who Love Them; Together In Love: Faith Stories of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Couples; and The Cost of Truth: Faith Stories of Mennonite and Brethren Leaders and Those Who Might Have Been.

Her “Fifteen Reasons Why I Have Changed My Mind” also has been widely distributed on Internet sites.

In her foreword of From Wounded Hearts, writer/editor Peggy Campolo writes that Kreider is “an untiring advocate” who “is able to keep going because she does not see her work simply as being a cause. For Roberta, always what she does is for people – always something she does in God’s name for God’s children.”

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