Our History

In the early 1990s, Bishop Lowell Knutson became concerned about the lack of Lutheran church support for gay and lesbian Christians and their families. Ron Shonke, an openly gay Lutheran pastor, was called to begin ministry with persons dealing with HIV/AIDS and gay and lesbian issues.

Since its creation Open Door Ministries has provided counseling, referral, and support to more than 21,000 people dealing with their faith in combination with HIV/AIDS and gay,lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgender issues.

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