Chris Delaney Shares Story of Leaving Homosexuality as Part of PFOX’s Safe Exit Program
Through Safe Exit, PFOX Equips Churches to Help Those with Unwanted Same-Sex Attractions and Gender Confusion
For Immediate Release
March 11, 2015
Deborah Hamilton, Hamilton Strategies, 215.815.7716, 610.584.1096 or Beth Harrison, Hamilton Strategies, 610.584.1096, Media@HamiltonStrategies.com
RICHMOND, Va.—Chris Delaney has experienced firsthand deliverance from life-controlling issues, including depression, homosexuality, pornography, anorexia and more.
Now, he helps others through the loneliness, pain and isolation that come from being shunned and left out of life because of a debilitating disease or a decision to journey toward change.
Delaney is one of several speakers committed to the Safe Exit program from Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX, www.pfox.org), the nation’s leading advocacy organization that offers love and support to families and friends of individuals with unwanted same-sex attraction and gender confusion and also supports the ex-gay community.
Safe Exit offers curriculum, expert speakers and ongoing support to churches that want to open their doors to those struggling with unwanted same-sex attractions and gender confusion, and to support those who’ve left the homosexual lifestyle. Delaney, along with others, will share his personal story as a Safe Exit speaker for interested churches.
“Chris Delaney’s story is a journey of change, healing and restoration,” said PFOX Executive Director Regina Griggs. “His words of hope will undoubtedly make a difference in the lives of many through the Safe Exit program. Chris has a heart and a passion for helping others, and through Safe Exit, he will be able to equip church leaders to reach out to those who are struggling and help them on the path to healing.”
Delaney, an ordained minister through International Ministerial Fellowship, has full-time ministry experience with Channels of Love, which works with those infected with and affected by AIDS. Delaney has also worked with Agape Outreach Ministries and was the founder of Joseph’s Coat Ministries—a ministry for men and women struggling with same-sex attractions.
Long before that, however, Delaney turned to the gay lifestyle at the age of 16, after a childhood filled with bullying because of his feminine mannerisms. Delaney’s first relationship was with a minister and co-worker, who was eventually unfaithful, so Chris decided that a committed relationship was not for him. He instead entered the gay party scene, where he found acceptance and fulfillment for a time.
Delaney says that the shame of countless relationships and one-night stands left him empty and jaded, and he would often self-medicate with alcohol to escape the pain. A deep need to be loved also contributed to his struggle with anorexia. But then a gay friend who had recently accepted Christ and chose to leave the gay lifestyle reached out to Chris.
“I knew some fundamental truths about Christ and believed I could trust Him,” Delaney said in his written testimony, titled “I Am a New Creature in Christ.” “I knew my life had been headed in the wrong direction for many years, and I knew He could help me. I had experienced a spiritual re-birth as a young child, but as I grew older I strayed away from my faith. This was my moment of return to God, and I said a brief prayer, crying out to God, and admitted my wrong.”
Delaney says he struggled with feelings of same-sex attraction long after he accepted Christ into his life and delved into the Bible for answers; eventually his same-sex attractions became virtually non-existent.
A minister since 1996, Delaney married his wife, Nicole, in 2002. They have two children. Delaney currently serves on the advisory board of Heaven Preview Foundation in Valdosta, Ga. He has an associate’s degree in Sacred Literature from Covington Theological Seminary and graduated from the Leadership Development Program through the Chattanooga Resource Foundation.
Delaney has shared his testimony and story on various radio and TV shows, including Christian Radio J-103, American Family Radio, Chattanooga Radio Talk Show, Breaking the Cycle on The Beat 92.1 Urban Radio, and Praise the Lord on TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network). He and his wife were interviewed by German Public TV station ZDF, which was broadcast to more than 4 million German viewers.
He was also featured on a PFOX billboard promoting tolerance for all, with the message “Ex-gays prove change is possible.” Delaney has been invited to speak at churches, youth groups, college campuses and other organizations.
PFOX says thousands of men and women with unwanted same sex attractions and gender confusion make the personal decision to leave behind their former gay identity and often approach churches for help in their journey.
Besides Griggs and Delaney, other Safe Exit speakers include:
- John and Donna Lawlor: after experiencing childhood hurts involving an abusive father and subsequent divorced parents, John entered the homosexual lifestyle. His powerful testimony of leaving that lifestyle is featured on the PFOX web site.
- David Pickup: a licensed marriage and family therapist in California with extensive background in talk therapy who serves as president of the International Institute for Reorientation Therapies. His story is featured on the PFOX web site.
- Denise Shick: an author and the founder of the ministry Help4Families.org, who grew up with a transgender father. Her story is featured on the PFOX web site.
- Melissa Ingraham: a licensed mental health counselor in New York who works with women on depression, anxiety, confusion, gender identity and unwanted same-sex attraction issues; she also previously identified as a lesbian. Melissa is the wife of ex-gay ministry leader Garry Ingraham and the mother of two children; Melissa’s story is featured on the PFOX web site.
- Garry Ingraham: the executive director of the Love & Truth Network ministry in New York. Love and Truth Ministry works to equip Christian leaders to develop safe and transformational environments for the vast majority of Christians experiencing relational and sexual brokenness. Garry struggled with same-sex attractions and pornography addiction throughout his life; Garry’s story of change is featured on the PFOX web site.
- Dave Edwards: after experiencing childhood scars involving an absent biological father and an abusive step-father, David spent seven years in the homosexual lifestyle; his powerful testimony is featured on the PFOX web site.
- Bonnie Morgan and Phyllis Trapp: identical twins, one who lived as a lesbian and one who did not. Bonnie found healing when Phyllis introduced her to a Christian music program; their story is featured on the PFOX web site.
- Flo Hubbs: lived as a lesbian for 14 years; she received healing through an evangelist and a support group of women; Flo’s testimony is featured on the PFOX web site, and she currently leads a PFOX group in Illinois.
Churches interested in finding out more about Safe Exit can visit www.pfox.org/safe-exit/.
Griggs works directly with ex-gay ministry leaders, families and friends of those who struggle with same sex attraction. She became Vice President of PFOX in 1998, and has served as executive director since 1999. She has been interviewed by numerous television, radio and print outlets, including “TIME Magazine,” the “Los Angeles Times.” the “Washington Post,” the “Advocate” and the “Washington Times.”
PFOX is a national non-profit organization that supports families and educates the public on sexual orientation and the ex-gay community. PFOX supports an inclusive environment for the ex-gay community and works to eliminate negative perceptions and discrimination against former homosexuals by conducting public education and outreach to further individual self-determination and respect for all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation.
PFOX believes that every person seeking positive life change needs and deserves the love and support of family, friends the community and the church and strives to offer a place for help, a place for truth, and a place for ex-gays to participate in the conversation about same-sex attraction. PFOX families love their homosexual child unconditionally, believing that true love is granted in spite of our differences by treating each other with kindness and respect. Each year, thousands of men and women with unwanted same-sex attractions make the personal decision to leave a gay identity through gender-affirming programs, including counseling, support groups, faith-based ministries and other non-judgmental environments.
For more information on PFOX, visit its web site at www.PFOX.org, its Facebook page, its Twitter feed @PFOX4U, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays is a 501(c)(3) national non-profit organization with a mission to support families and educate the public on sexual orientation and the ex-gay community. PFOX is committed to helping parents and friends of gays who want help, hope and community, and exists to provide education and support. PFOX works to provide understanding and acceptance of the ex-gay community.
To interview a representative from Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays, contact Deborah Hamilton at 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096, or Beth Harrison at 610-584-1096, Media@HamiltonStrategies.com.