ABOUT CANYONWALKER | KATHY

Kathy Baldock | Canyonwalker

I am a straight Evangelical Christian walking a path with my God and striving to follow the examples of Jesus. I became a Christian in 1984 within one month of returning to a faith community after a 15 year hiatus. While sitting in a sermon at a local Evangelical church, the Gospel just made sense to me.  I wanted something far bigger than I to direct me.

Having been raised a Roman Catholic, I had drifted away from any expressions or desires for  faith.  When I was not yet three, the Catholic church had rejected my Mom following  a divorce caused by my father’s adultery and abandonment .  This picture of church and God as a “rejector” stuck with me for decades.  I wanted nothing to do with a God who cast my loving and innocent Mother out.

I had a  desire to try to reconnect  spiritually in college, but I was still too busy doing it my way and had no need for direction or help from a god, a person, anyone.  When my plans began falling apart and my best was not working, in frustration and need, the decision to cede to God was simple.  Maybe this God, that I really did believe had created me, knew what was better for me.  I gave Him a chance when I was 28.  And, I never turned away. I have been walking along with God, Jesus  and the Holy Spirit now for over 25 years.

Please watch this video to get the back story as to why I care about the GLBT community.  I know that as recently as 2004, when asked, I did not believe I would see any gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people in heaven.

Relationship, along with my own questioning and doubts on other personal issues caused me to wonder if what I had been told about the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (glbt) communities was accurate.  I was in an open space that doubt often causes and it was here that I was more receptive to the calling by God to be sensitive to the heart and voices of His glbt children.

After six years of ministering in this very messy spot in and out of the churches, I am now an advocate to the glbt for equality and inclusion in Christian churches.  I write, speak, educate, listen and dialogue. Oh,there is lots of dialogue!  I am open to  engaging  church  leaders and staff in conversation about the treatment and inclusion of glbt people into the Kingdom and Family of God with equality.

So, why is this ministry called “CanyonWalker Connections”?  I hike a lot in some canyons near my home in the Northern Sierra. I’ve  done this daily for a few decades.  It is on these canyon dirt and snowy trails that I talk to and listen to God and the Holy Spirit. Trails have become my sacred place.  In the spiritual realm, I also seems  to  walk, but, in the not-so-lovely space between two groups: the church and the glbt Christian communities.   I  bring the message of a non-discriminating, Biblical Jesus, the Grace Giver Supreme in that place of dialogue and tension that many of us have ignored or feel uncomfortable in.

Isaiah 58 instructs us to “spend ourselves in behalf of the hungry and (to) satisfy the needs of  the oppressed.”  Then God says, He will call us “Repairers of the Breach.”  That is my place in this tension-filled area—”breach repair”.  I hope to help facilitate the coming time when glbt Christians will be welcome in our churches as equals.  This work is not easy, it is often received with quite a bit of animosity, but more often, with  great blessings.

No matter where you may be on this path, there is something for you here–encouragement and challenge, education and insights.  My writing style is very honest, and often funny.  I smile, a lot and really do enjoy life.  I love God and people.  I am working on a book coming out in 2012.  I have very much of a “Mom-voice” and “average person” in this conversation; I can engage in constructive rhetoric and have developed the skills to not dive to those nasty depths of petty and mean that so commonly surround this topic.

Yes, I really am straight, a total zero on the Kinsey Scale of sexual orientation.  I have two straight adult children and no close glbt family members.

God really did call me and put me here. Until God shifts me, I will keeping on walking in the divide hoping to repair the breach between the the church and the glbt Christian community.

Join me,

Canyonwalker,

Kathy Baldock

If you need to get a hold of me, e mail me HERE.

13 Responses to “ABOUT CANYONWALKER | KATHY”

  1. Rachel February 25, 2014 at 11:32 am #

    Hello Kathy,

    I would like to tell you thank you for the hard work and efforts you have put forth in this area of ministry. I know the journey has been rough, but through the grace of God you’re able to continue this journey.

    I myself am gay, but it took a life experience for me to come out. Not until my late twenties I was able to come to terms with myself. That along is a long story. Let’s just say I grew up in a holiness house hold and because my experience.had caused me to question my faith and teachings of the scriptures.

    I happen to fall in love with a woman, but because of my faith I never acted on my feelings. However, it left a huge emptiness inmy heart, the burden was sooooo heavy I couldn’t allow myself to remain this way. I felt the need to just abonded my faith because of who I was deep down on inside. I know that icould

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  2. Graham September 18, 2013 at 9:05 pm #

    Hi Kathy,

    Thank you for the work you are doing.
    It can be exhausting work, and you show such energy and patience. I’ve seen radical change in the way my parents understand (my) homosexuality thanks to bridge-builders like you.
    Wishing you strength and peace.

    Love,
    Graham

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  3. Rabi June 22, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

    Hello Kathy,

    Just knowing there are people who really advocate for LGBT christians warms my heart. I’ve been watching your videos and joy has come to my life. I had grown in a very traditonal evangelical latino family. They are no ready to know about me but thanks to your advices its getting closer the day I will tell them.

    I also want to let you know that I am part of a small group of gay christian men who gather every week and share the Word of God, sing praises and mostly support each other. We are conscious about our orientation as well as our calling in God to reach LGBT in our country Honduras.

    I pray for you and your ministry that God may bless you greatly and his Holy Spirit leads you to fulfill His Plans

    With love Rabi,

    PS: I invite you to visit our blog we will be more than honored

    cristianosgaycatrachos.blogspot.com

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  4. Marty June 1, 2012 at 7:46 pm #

    Just watched your video. For some reason God has brought many gay people into my life. I think He is trying to show me how much he loves EVERYBODY and he has given me a heart for the gay community. I too have spent the last several years believing homosexuality is wrong, but God keeps talking to me. Even before my change of heart I couldn’t believe the hatefulness the Christian right has for gay people. I always have believed that Jesus loves us all, and we have all sinned, so why wouldn’t he love gays? And He’s been sending more and more wonderful gay friends into my life. While I’ve been pondering this, lo and behold I get an e-mail from the director of our church secretaries’ association advertising your appearance in Bozeman. You may see me there, I think I have to be obedient to God’s calling.

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  5. Jan May 11, 2012 at 11:16 pm #

    Kathy, Thank you for what you are doing. It is greatly appreciated.

    I’ve been a Christian for 21 years and a lesbian and it has’t been easy. I grew up Jewish so I already had a lot of guilt for my lesbianism and then after becoming a Christian and the desires didn’t leave, the guilt got a lot worse. However, I’ve been a pastor the last 5 years of a small home church and that has helped me to realize that all of that guilt is not mine!

    What you are doing may keep another generation from carrying that guilt and that is the most wonderful thing I can hope and pray for!

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  6. sandra delemare April 26, 2012 at 3:50 pm #

    Hi
    Thanks for your comment on my post GOD LOVES GAYS
    I’ve had a heart for gays for years – not sure why, as to begin with I didn’t really know any. I’ve since worked with a few when nursing.
    I used to get a lot of ‘stuff’ when out walking the dog (not exactly canyons – the New Forest, Hampshire uk is relatively flat!). I asked the Lord about it & he said ‘Pass it on’ – since then I’ve taken advantage of opportunities to do that – to and for local papers, and now my blog since I retired.
    looking forward to following your site.

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  7. Britton Minor December 18, 2011 at 6:37 am #

    In the absence of God, ALL people are equal. In the presence of God, ALL people are exalted.

    I wish you rainbows of light and inspiration. I wish you safety, clarity, insight, strength, and unwavering faith.

    I only believe in the God who loves us all…exactly as created.

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  8. Kurt Stecker December 9, 2011 at 3:35 pm #

    Kathy,
    I just found you and your web site by reading a foreward of yours from a John Shore book. What a wonderful blessing. I am a United Methodist pastor and have taught Bible studies on what the Bible truly tells us about homosexuality. Your words and passion will be a great resource. There are a number of good web sites affirming God’s love for our LGBT brothers and sisters but not enough proclaiming from those of us who happen to be straight. May God continue to bless you in your ministry of honesty, love and acceptance.
    Rev. Kurt A Stecker

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  9. David H. December 9, 2011 at 6:50 am #

    It’s great to see some of my more evangelical brothers and sisters advocating for GLBT Christians (I’m a straight, middle-aged, “high-church” Episcopalian myself ;) Thank you for this! and God’s peace.

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  10. Julianna November 29, 2011 at 4:18 pm #

    A friend of mine shared the edgeonthenet.com article with me on facebook, and I just wanted to say thank you for all that you do. There are a lot of LGBT folks out here that are not Evangelical (like myself), but who really appreciate acceptance being spread in these places that we can’t reach. It makes so many children safer, and raises the quality of life for children and adults alike.

    Again, thank you.

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  11. Canei September 18, 2011 at 10:50 pm #

    I really appreciate people like you, and it’s a shame that people like me have to go through life feeling the way we do at times. But the power of God is great and his love endures forever. I’m 25 and lived most of my life in a depressed state and let a lot of opportunity pass me by. For a while I didn’t even feel the love from my own family although I wasn’t abandoned I could tell I didn’t fit in which I still don’t but it’s okay. Another thing is a lot of gay people are so used to being mistreated that they even start to mistreat each other (yes it exists even within our own community) I have a church which is a GLBT church family but everyone is welcome including people from the streets, straights whomever. I haven’t been in months because although I was happy to finally find a church I was comfortable in after growing up in church, I second guessed myself. Thinking it must be some sort of cult because it’s not right for us gays to have a church. It’s just sad how we as people can become brainwashed into thinking these things. I’m still a sinner as we all are but I know God and Jesus is my Lord and Savior and no one will ever take that from me. Interesting enough my mother whom was a teen mom often tells me she knows and believes I have a calling because she felt it when I was in her womb that God was protecting her. I do believe in Miracles and I believe in Angels and all things unseen. This Genocide will pass soon, if Jesus can die for us then there is nothing we cannot endure because our spirits are forever and we all belong to the Creator. God bless you and thankyou again for your heart and change in consciousness. With love, light and peace I pray that Elihom protects you and sends an army of Angels to guide and protect you and your family and that you may be able to continue your mission.

    Ps. I feel the Goodness and pureness radiating from within you. Stay strong and don’t get discouraged from the devil in people. I got your back I’m from the hood lol.

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    Kathy | Canyonwalker Reply:

    you make me smile with your kindness towards me.

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  12. Kelly McEntee June 25, 2011 at 9:26 am #

    Just simply, thank you.

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