Este es un sitio web de Otras Ovejas
My name is Verlin Byers and I would describe myself as a follower of
Christ who happens to be gay.  

Religious Heritage, Education and Past Missions Work
My religious heritage comes from the Anabaptist/Mennonite
tradition, but I grew up in the Church of the Nazarene and have a B.
A. in Psychology from Northwest Nazarene University (NNU).   I
served as a missionary with the Nazarene Youth In Mission program
for two summers during university in Brazil and Portugal.  After
graduating from NNU, I returned to Brazil in 1992 to volunteer as a
Community Development Worker with the Mennonite Central
Committee (MCC).  My time in Brazil abruptly ended after two years
of service when I was forced to “come out.”

Current Residence, Work and Church
I currently live in Portland, OR where I work in social services and
am an active member of the United Church of Christ.  

I do speak Portuguese and Spanish, with greater fluency in
Portuguese due to my work in Brazil.  

Vision and Passion
My hope and passion is to see lesbian, gay, bisexual, and
transgendered individuals who have been oppressed by the Church
restored to healing and wholeness.  
In John 21 Jesus asks Simon Peter if he loves him more than the
other disciples.  He actually asks the same question three times and
Peter gives him the same answer each time.  He responds that
Jesus knows Peter loves him.  And three times, in the course of the
conversation, Jesus tells Peter to take care of his sheep:  "Feed my
lambs . . . Tend my sheep . . . Feed my sheep."

I find this image very meaningful and hope it guides the work I do,
particularly with Other Sheep.

Contact Me
If you have any questions, concerns, comments, or just need
someone to talk to, please feel free to contact me.    
Latinas/os en los
Verlin V. Byers
Coordinator for Other Sheep Latinas/os in the USA

5272 N Interstate Ave. Apt 508
Portland, OR 97217

Phone:  503.201.0996

This page was updated  in, and published from, the Bronx, NY on April 28, 2013.

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Verlin Byers
December 2012
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