Q Christian Parent Summit

April 26-28, 2019 - Marriott Buckhead - Atlanta, Georgia

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As Christian parents or grandparents, many of us have experienced some form of crisis around a loved one coming out. Questions, doubts, and concerns fuel our anxiety. Well-meaning family & friends often cause more confusion than comfort. All of this can be overwhelming. This is when we need the support and company of other Christian parents who “get us” and who understand the rocky places we are navigating with our loved ones and our faith convictions. Friends who have gone before and walked in our shoes. Parents who are learning how to love their children well and are happy to share the journey with us...This is the Q Christian Parent Summit!

The Q Christian Parent Summit seeks to encourage, equip, and connect parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer children. We strive to support & unify families through unconditional love in a Christ-honoring way.  

Parent Summit Schedule  


7:00 PM - Reception

8:00 PM - General Session

  • Opening Remarks

  • Worship Leader: Rachel Francis

8:30 PM - Parent Testimony/Icebreakers/Table Discussions

  • Testimonials by Abby & Danny Cortez, Greg & Lynn McDonald


8:00 AM - Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM - Worship: Rachel Francis

General Session: Keynote (9:30‐10:30)        

Keynote Presentation: “In Divisive Times, What Does It Look Like to Love Our Neighbor?” - Susan & Robert Cottrell

10:45 AM - Round Table Groups  

11:45 AM - Lunch  

2:00 PM - General Session: LGBTQ+ Panel

2‐3:30 PM - Round Table Groups

3:45-5 PM - Breakout Sessions

  • Reclaiming Your Faith: The Common Biblical Thread of Inclusion (Susan Cottrell)

  • What Does the Bible Say about Faith and LGBTQ Inclusion? (Danny Cortez)

  • LGBTQ+ 101 (Greg & Lynn McDonald)

7:30 PM LGBTQ+ Marriage Testimony Panel

  • BT & Brett Harman

  • Erin & Amanda Campbell


9:00 AM - Continental Breakfast

10:00 AM - Worship

  • Worship Leader: Rachel Francis

  • Sermon BT Harman

11:30 AM - Closing Remarks


$170 Early Bird/$185 Regular

Registration cost includes reception, continental breakfast, lunch, coffee service, and snacks

Keynote Description

In Divisive Times, What Does It Look Like to Love Our Neighbor?

Our great command as Christians is to love God and love others. Most Christians believe they do that. But what does love really look like—especially in such a divisive time?  If so much harm can be done in the name of love, if love can manifest in so many different ways, how can we know what real love looks like? Come with us on a journey to discover what Jesus really meant by love and how we, in our differing opinions, can love our children well.

Breakout Sessions

What Does the Bible Say about Faith and LGBTQ+ Inclusion?

There has been a growing debate amongst followers of Jesus regarding same-sex relationships and gender identity. In the middle of this conversation is how Scripture is to be interpreted and applied. This session will focus on not only what the Bible has to say about this topic, but more importantly, how Jesus read and applied Scripture. There will also be time devoted to Q&A.

Presenter Biographies

Danny Cortez

Danny Cortez was the founding pastor of New Heart, a church that was dismissed from the Southern Baptist Convention for becoming an inclusive space for LGBTQ+ people. He is the founder and director of Estuary Space (estuaryspace.org), a nonprofit that helps people and churches navigate through the complexities of faith and sexuality. He serves as a board member of Q Christian Fellowship. He helped establish The Union of Affirming Christians, a gathering of faith leaders addressing public policy. He’s been active with the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) to help API families move toward acceptance of their queer family members. He also cofounded My Refuge House, a nonprofit that restores survivors of commercial sexual exploitation (CSE) and abuse. He also serves as a hospice chaplain. He earned his M.Div. at Talbot Theological Seminary, La Mirada, CA, and is a graduate of Arrow Leadership, BC, Canada. He lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife Abby and their four children.

Susan Cottrell

A prominent voice for faith parents of LGBTQ+ children, Susan was featured on ABC's 20/20, Nightline, and Good Morning America; on NBC News’ Out; and on The Advocate Magazine’s “National Coming Out Day,” “Mother's Day,” and other viral videos—as "our favorite affirming matriarch." She has also been featured on The Advocate’s Out in Left Field with Dana Goldberg, and is a devotional contributor on the Our Bible app. She is an international speaker who was featured on the TED stage at TEDxMileHigh in Denver, a public theologian, an acclaimed author, and a consultant. Through her nonprofit organization, FreedHearts, Susan champions the LGBTQ+ community and families with her authenticity and tender-hearted zeal. She challenges Christians to love as the foundation of faith. She spent 20+ years in the non-affirming Evangelical church, has a Master of Arts in Theological Studies, and served as the Vice President of PFLAG Austin (Texas). Her critically acclaimed books, “Mom, I’m Gay”—Loving Your LGBTQ Child and Strengthening Your Faith; True Colors—Celebrating the Truth and Beauty of the Real You; and Radically Included—The Biblical Case for Radical Love and Inclusion are endorsed by The Human Rights Campaign, PFLAG, and many others. She and her husband Rob have been married for more than 30 years and have five children, two of whom are in the LGBTQ+ community.

Robert Cottrell

An author and acclaimed speaker, Robert has more than 30 years of experience in nonprofit management. He played a vital role in Live Aid/Band Aid projects in the mid-1980s, and spent decades helping restore hope in the lives of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. He is also a singer, songwriter, worship leader, and musician, and has shared the stage with George Jones, the Oak Ridge Boys, Loretta Lynn, and many others. Rob is the cofounder of FreedHearts with his wife, Susan. They have been married more than 30 years and have five children, two of whom are in the LGBTQ+ community. He has a tender, compassionate heart—especially for dads of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender children.


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