Jim Swilley, 52 year-old bishop of Conyer’s Church in the Now, has officially announced to his mega church congregation, in Rockdale County, Georgia. that he is gay.
Swilley, now divorced, was married to Debye, who became his associate pastor after founding the church 25 years ago, they had four children. His ex-wife supposedly knew his secret of being gay from the very beginning and kept it a secret for 21 years.
“I think some women marry gay men because they really think they can change them,” Swilley said.
He has told his whole congregation and most of them are being very supportive. There are, however, some conservative Christians that are bad mouthing this man’s moment of truth. He has been called an “instrument of the devil” by one conservative blogger.
He says that the reason for his sudden outburst of the truth was the rash of gay teen suicides. “To think about saving a teenager yeah, I’ll risk my reputation for that.”
Find the local news video, from WSBTV, of this report here.
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