Kelli Mechelke

Hey there, I’m on a journey.

Would you like to join me?



Hey there, I’m on a journey.

Would you like to join me?

I have several people in my life that I love and care about that are part of the LGBTQ+ community. I am also a Jesus lover. At times in our American culture these two things can feel diametrically opposed.

I am passionate about helping the Church learn how to love the LGBTQ+ community better and narrowing the divide between the two communities.

As a church community, we need to do better in terms of looking into our neighbor’s faces, attempting to understand them better through dialogue, and loving them better through education and self-examination. I believe the church should take responsibility for our failure to love well.


The Church needs to say, “I’m Sorry.”


The universal question for all of us is “How do we love people who are different from us?”

  • To this end, I am writing my memoir about my experience with the church and my dad who was gay.
  • I am also looking for collaborators to develop trainings for churches and other organizations to become more inclusive of the LGBTQ+ community.

I hope you will join me in this dialogue by subscribing to my blog.

Work in Progress

I am in the process of writing a memoir.

I grew up going to church and didn’t know that my dad had a secret until I was eleven years old. I found out he was gay when he left to live with another man.

I had been taught that being queer was a sin. My dad had too.

I didn’t know how to reconcile my beliefs and love the queer community at the same time.

I have been on a journey for the last 25 years as my heart and mind have changed towards the queer community because of my relationship with my dad and best friend. I have undergone a personal transformation from judgment to acceptance and finally to advocate. I have found my voice, passion, and purpose in the process.

The question I consistently come back to as a writer and thinker is, “How do I/we love better?” This is the focus of a lot of my writing and my ponderings on my blog. This question is what ultimately led me to start writing my memoir. I love engaging others in conversation about this question.

If you are curious about how to do this as well, then please subscribe to my blog and we can continue the communal dialogue.

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