Wimbledon-born, post-war baby, Wandsworth-baptised, attended kindergarten Sunday School at 3, confirmed at 12, saw a new light at 16, never stopped since then chiselling away at myself in faith. Part-time archaeologist in my 20s, 3 years an architect in Basingstoke, where I was given my next vocation, to the priesthood. Studied theology in Cambridge where I was tutored by Dr Rowan Williams. Served as curate at St George’s Camberwell for 3 years and was then sent to St Faith’s Wandsworth to build a new church and school and in 14 years, to be further chiselled, out from the closet and into a more adult, open and confident person. I trained as a psychotherapist in a body-centred school, worked part-time as a hospital chaplain in Roehampton, and in 1995, founded Changing Attitude. CA has grown from small beginnings to an international network with groups in Australia, England, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Nigeria and Scotland. Changing Attitude is ambitiously working for the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the Church of England and the international Anglican Communion. I live near Devizes, Wiltshire, where I pray and meditate, garden and cook, and play with a steam railway in the garden.
Rev. Christina Beardsley
The Revd Dr Christina (Tina) Beardsley grew up in West Yorkshire and was educated at Sussex University, where she met her husband, Rob; at St John’s College, Cambridge, where she was a research student; and at Westcott House, where she trained for ordination. She has worked for over three decades in pastoral ministry in the Church of England. In 2000 Tina co-founded the Clare Project, a transgender support group in Brighton & Hove: http://www.clareproject.org.uk/
Tina is the author of The Transsexual Person Is My Neighbour: Pastoral Guidelines for Christian Clergy, Pastors And Congregations, published by the Gender Trust:
Born in the east end of London Brenda followed a career in the Home Office. In 1971 she was appointed as Immigration Officer in the first intake of women to the service, and undertook Diplomatic Service postings to Pakistan and Sierra Leone. She took early retirement in 2003 and worked for Changing Attitude as administrator. She came to faith at an early age in a Baptist Church, and remained an evangelical. Her first real contact with the Anglican Communion was as a member of the congregation of Karachi Cathedral. For twenty years she was involved with the Evangelical Fellowship for Lesbian and Gay Christians, and since 1996 with the European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups, serving four terms as Co-President. In 2007 she was appointed to the Advisory Committee of the Lesbian and Gay Religious Archive Network. In 1996 she co-authored `Not for Turning’, about the so-called ex-gay movement in the UK. Brenda had been in happy partnership with Pam for twelve years.