SPEAKERS & PErformers
The Q Christian Conference features some of the leading names and voices in LGBTQ faith from across the country and the world. We'll be revealing the 2019 keynote line-up over the next few weeks, so stay tuned for these exciting announcements!
Nicole M. Garcia (she/her/hers) is an out and proud transgender Latina of faith. Nicole is the Director of Congregational Care at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Boulder CO and is a Candidate Preparing for Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America with a Master of Divinity from Luther Seminary in St. Paul MN. Nicole has a Master of Arts in Counseling from the University of Colorado Denver and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Colorado. Nicole is a therapist and clinical supervisor with the Umbrella Collective. Nicole was featured Sojourners magazine: 2018’s 10 Christian Women to Watch and a speaker at the Why Christian conference at Duke University Chapel in March 2018. In July 2018, Nicole delivered the keynote speech at St. Paul Episcopal Cathedral Light Up the Cathedral Interfaith Service as a part of San Diego Pride. Nicole was also the Faith Grand Marshal at the 2018 Pride parade.
Jennifer Knapp is a Grammy-nominated songwriter, author, and advocate. Her impressive history includes selling over one million albums with her first three releases Kansas (debut 1998, Gold-certified), Lay It Down (2000), and The Way I Am (2001). She has earned four Dove Awards and two Grammy nominations.
As the first major artist known by the Christian music world to speak openly about LGBT identity, her unique position has created opportunities for dialogue at churches and universities through her organization Inside Out Faith and on the TEDx stage at University of Nevada. A true Renaissance woman, Knapp recently completed a master’s degree in theological studies from Vanderbilt Divinity School.
Ray Low graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. He is a gay Christian and identifies as being personally called to celibacy. Ray is currently serving as a pastor in New York City, and works as a community outreach director for inner city youth.
In his free time he volunteers with organizations that help to bridge divides between churches and the LGBTQ+ community through better pastoral care, missional engagement, and advocacy work against bullying and victimization.
Friday Night Performer
Michael and Lisa Gungor are curators of the Grammy-nominated musical collective simply known as Gungor. The duo uses their skills as accomplished song writers and multi-instrumentalists to tell honest and forthright stories - some personal and some allegorical. Together they've tapped their considerable musical reserves to blur genres and break expectations creating a unique magnetic expression.
Gungor is in the midst of their most ambitious endeavor to date called One Wild Life, which is comprised of three full-length albums - Soul, Spirit and Body. On August 7, 2015, they kicked off the album trilogy with One Wild Life: Soul, which debuted as the #15 album on the iTunes Alternative chart. “One Wild Life: Spirit," released on March 25, 2016. The final piece of the album trilogy concludes with One Wild Life: Body, which released on September 30, 2016. While each record carries with it its own distinct vibe, the album series presents a body of work that celebrates the adventure and challenges faced by Michael and Lisa Gungor since the release of their album I Am Mountain in 2013.