Hope for Wholeness, a prominent ex-gay ministry that boasts one of the most expansive networks of conversion therapy offerings in the United States, is disbanding.
Founded in 1999 as Truth Ministries, it is closing its doorss, citing difficulties in retaining a director to lead their efforts. It’s rallying cry is, “freedom from homosexuality through Jesus Christ.”
In a memo, its board members stated, “It has been a tumultuous several years for us. We lost the founding director, searched for two years for his replacement, hired a new director and then lost that director as well… After much prayer and discussion, we have made the difficult decision to dissolve the organisation. This was not an easy decision. But we do believe it is the right decision.”
The Ministry has struggled ever since its founder McKrae Game, came out as gay. Last year, Game told the South Carolina Post and Courier that conversion therapy is “not just a lie, but it’s very harmful.”
“I was a religious zealot that hurt people,” he said, reflecting on his 20 years with the ministry. “People said they attempted suicide over me and the things I said to them. People, I know, are in therapy because of me. Why would I want that to continue?”
He added, “I want all ex-gay ministry dismantled. We have harmed generations of people I hope they just give me the chance to talk to them so I can hear them out and apologize.”
It’s not all good news. The organisation is pledging in its letter to redirect any remaining funds, though that amount is unknown, to another conversion therapy group.
McKrae Game Image: Andrew Whitaker/postandcourier.com