Matthew Vines is the founder and executive director of The Reformation Project and the author of God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships. He lives in Dallas, Texas.
Matthew attended Harvard University from 2008 to 2010. He then took a leave of absence in order to research the Bible and same-sex relationships and work toward LGBTQ inclusion in the church. In March 2012, Matthew delivered a speech at a church in his hometown of Wichita, Kansas, about the Bible and same-sex relationships, calling for acceptance of gay Christians and their marriage relationships. The video of the speech was viewed more than a million times on YouTube, leading to a feature story in The New York Times that fall.
In 2013, Matthew launched The Reformation Project, a Bible-based, Christian non-profit organization that works to advance LGBTQ inclusion in the church while remaining grounded in a love for God, a love for the Bible, and a love for the church. The Reformation Project hosts an annual Reconcile and Reform conference, which is designed to inform and equip LGBTQ-affirming Christians with the theological resources and tools they need to be effective advocates for LGBTQ inclusion in their non-affirming churches. Other programs include Parents in Process, for Christian parents of LGBTQ children who have recently come out, and Pastors in Process, for pastors of non-affirming churches who want to help their churches take the next step toward greater LGBTQ inclusion.
The Reformation Project also offers an annual leadership development cohort, an intensive program for LGBTQ-affirming Christians who love God, the Bible, and the church and who want to serve as an ambassador in their local community. Ambassadors provide guidance, resources, and support to Christians who are wrestling with their beliefs about LGBTQ inclusion in the church.
Matthew’s book, God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships, is in stores now. If you would like to contact Matthew, please visit the contact page.