Outreach Volunteers invest their time and personal financial resources (or raise their own financial support) to work, from time to time, in different regions of the world, to bring the Other Sheep message of inclusion and empowerment to LGBT people of faith.
As of June 2013, Other Sheep Board of Directors officially welcomed Chris Caldwell and James Tvarian to the ministry of Other Sheep as “World-Wide Outreach Volunteers.” Chris and Jim will invest their time and personal means/resources to work, from time to time, in different regions of the world to bring the Other Sheep message of inclusion and empowerment to LGBT people of faith.
Chris a Gay, African American, with ancestral roots from West Africa, is an esteem builder and affirmation speaker to the GLBTQI community, especially youth, and their allies. He is founder and writer for the Gay Affirmation Project, “In the G.A.P.”
The first born son of a career United States Marine, Chief Warrant Officer, his leadership was recognized from an early age. First as a starting American football quarterback, licensed protestant minister and peer mentor, all before graduating public high-school.
While attending the University of California at Davis, he was mentored with the Navigators, a “Man to Man” spiritual mentoring program. He developed his mentoring skills at the University of Irvine and while studying at Biola University. To date he has mentored over 100 men and women who in turn have made a great impact on their generation.
He has written curriculum, organized and spoke at regional youth, young adults and general audience retreats and conferences; he’s been a regular guest speaker and an affirming mentor to men and women for over two decades. His work with teens and young adults has given him the privilege of seeing them excel and succeed in adult life.
For over 25 years, Chris has drawn on personal experiences; including a heterosexual marriage of 13 years, a Father, Pastor, and a Male survivor of childhood incest abuse; his path has honed his skills in GLBTQI diversity issues, mentoring, and leadership development. His journey has motivated him to lead a life of simplicity, writing, reading, traveling and focusing on what matters in the present moment.
When he isn’t catching up on the latest trends, he spends time preparing gourmet meals for family and friends, creating websites, supporting the endeavors of his teenage son and being a great son to his mom. Yes, he is a momma’s boy!
Chris has traveled to 16 countries including South Africa, Ecuador, Greece, Canada, and has lived in Japan. His recent travels gave him the opportunity to march with the Gay alliance in Madrid, Spain and to encourage GLBTQI in the North and South of Italy.
Today, he is privileged to speak before student and adult audiences sharing his personal story and affirming the lives of others. He now lives in California, taking care of his son and mom, nurtured by his partner, whom he met while living in Hawaii.
Jim holds a Masters in Intercultural Management from the School for International Training, Brattleboro, Vermont, and an advanced certificate in TEFL (Teaching English as a foreign language) and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) from Transworld Schools in San Francisco, California, USA.
Jim has over seven years experience teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) in Thailand, Germany and the Persian Gulf. His ESL teaching experience includes: teaching children, professionals, teenagers, English communication practice and special courses in English for Specific Purposes such as English for Hotel and International tourism.
Jim is of Polish and Lithuanian decent. He was born in Chicago and educated in the United Kingdom. “I began my travels when I was just 10 years old, and have never looked back.” Jim has taught English as a Second Language in over 5 countries. He enjoys meeting new people with differing backgrounds.
Coming out to himself when he was 19, Jim had the support of his family, which made self-acceptance much easier.
Visit Chris and Jim’s Website
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This web page was brought over from the former Other Sheep website and published to the Internet from the Bronx, New York, on October 3, 2014. It was originally created and posted to Other Sheep (former) website on July 25 and 26, 2013, in/from Guatemala City, Guatemala.
Photo at above right: Chris (right in photo) and Jim, Mitilini, Greece.