A Seventh Day Adventist Church Pastor(who recently resigned this year, in July) who once said God is a woman has openly come out as transgender.
Kris Loewen became the youth and family pastor at Walla Walla University Church in 2010. He worked there until 2019, moving to the Southeastern California Conference(SECC) and he became the head pastor at Redlands Seventh-day Adventist Church.
During his pastoral service at Redlands for two years, Leowen made a public Facebook post that God is a woman, or at least a female of some sort.
On June 13, 2021 Fulcrum7 ran a story about Redlands SDA pastor Kris Loewen’s Facebook post in which he said God is a she. He said feminist and queer theology are legitimate ways of faithfully reading the Scriptures, scorning patriarchal white-centered readings of Scripture (whatever that is). He further stated the Bible is not a perfect expression of the divine. The story was read widely. In early July, Leowen resigned from his position as pastor of Redlands. He has a wife and two children.
Yesterday Loewen publicly ‘came out’ as a woman on his blog. Here is an excerpt,
So, here it is. I am a transgender woman. It’s taken me many years to develop the confidence needed to acknowledge this truth: first to myself, later to my family and friends, and now more publicly. Obviously, “transgender” has become a buzzword in American culture. Yet for almost everyone I know, it’s a pretty unfamiliar experience. Until coming out to them, some of my friends even believed that they didn’t know any trans people (you might too)! Personally, I think we’re pretty great; and in all honesty, I think people ought to consider it a gift to share relationships with us.
Being transgender means that I’m not a “boy” or a “man” like everyone in my life has always believed. While these are the roles I have played and labels I have accepted, they do not accurately represent who I am. Some trans people describe their experience as, “my brain expects my body to be different than it is.” I relate to that.
Speaking of which, my [new] name is “Esther,” after my maternal great-grandmother and paternal grandmother. But some of my family and friends have been calling me the shortened nickname “Elle” (pronounced like the letter L). I like both equally and you are welcome to use either. My pronouns are she/her/hers.
The Southeastern California Conference (SECC)
The SECC has long been a hotbed of liberalism in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It seems that almost anything goes there, and here are a few examples:
On October 27, 2013, they voted a woman in as president of the conference, even though Seventh-day Adventist Church rules say that only a man can be president of a conference. They doubled down on their rebellion by re-electing Roberts in 2018.
Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 1:19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 1:23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 1:24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. 1:26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 1:27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 1:30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 1:31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.