The CanyonWalker Connections Story
Kathy Baldock founded CanyonWalker Connections in 2009 as a natural outgrowth of her already-burgeoning ministry of reconciliation between the socially and religiously conservative American community and the LGBT community. A graduate of Rutgers University’s College of Engineering, as well as an accomplished entrepreneur and small business owner, Baldock had no ties to the LGBT community until 2001 when she forged a friendship with a woman who she later found out was a lesbian. Through organic dialogue and years of research, Baldock shifted her own views and saw the immense need for accessible education in this area.
"For over two decades, I’ve hiked daily in the canyons near my home in the Northern Sierra.
It is on these canyon dirt and snowy trails that I talk to and listen to God and the Holy Spirit. Trails and forests are my sacred place and sanctuary.
I walk in the not-so-lovely spaces too — the the place between two groups: the conservative church and LGBT Christians.
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 LGBT Christians will be not only welcomed with open arms, but fully accepted and understood in our churches.
I hope to help facilitate the coming time when LGBT Christians will be not only welcomed with open arms, but fully accepted and understood in our churches.
No matter where you may be on this path, there is something for you on our blog, podcasts, or in one of my books — there is 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. LGBT family members.
Until God shifts me, I will keep on walking in the divide hoping to repair the breach between the the church and the LGBT Christian community.
As we all know, sometimes it takes a village.