Matthew Vines, Executive Director
Matthew Vines is the founder and Executive Director of The Reformation Project. He is also the author of God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships, published by Convergent Books in 2014.
In 2012, Matthew delivered a speech at a church in his hometown of Wichita, Kansas, making the case that Christians should affirm gay Christians and their marriage relationships. His speech went viral, having been seen more than a million times and leading to a feature story in The New York Times. In 2013, Matthew launched The Reformation Project to equip and empower Christians to advocate for LGBTQ inclusion in their faith communities. He speaks regularly at churches, universities, and conferences across the country.
Shae Washington, Programs and Organizing Director
Shae Washington is thrilled to join The Reformation Project staff, bringing with her over 10 years of non-profit programming experience, grassroots leadership development and anti-oppression work. Committed to loving God and others not just in word, but in action, Shae believes that authentic love recognizes the image of God in every person and works to break down systemic and individual barriers to freedom. Shae spent five years combining her background in the performing arts and her passion for social justice as the Assistant Artistic Director for City at Peace DC, a youth development program where young people use the arts to examine and respond to the systems of power and oppression in our society. She then went on to work with Interfaith Youth for Climate Justice, equipping young leaders of faith to understand the disproportionate impact climate change has on communities of color and other marginalized groups, and supporting them in making powerful contributions to the movement. Shae is a newlywed and lives with her wife, who is an IT professional, in the Washington, DC area. In addition to watching and directing theater, Shae writes about her life as a queer Christian for Catalyst Wedding Co., subscribes to way too many podcasts, and in her heart (and there only) is a trained professional dancer.
Myles Markham, Advancement Coordinator
Myles Markham grew up in Destin, Florida, and is a graduate of Columbia International University in Columbia, S.C., where they earned their B.S. in intercultural studies and Bible. Although coming out prevented them from launching right into local church ministry, Myles went on to work in international relief and LGBTQ advocacy as the director of outreach for the non-profit Planting Peace in Topeka, Kansas. Myles joined TRP in 2015 and resides in Atlanta, Georgia where they are pursuing an MDiv at Columbia Theological Seminary and working to grow the grassroots network of other LGBTQ Christians and allies who hope to reimagine the church as a safer and more inclusive place for all people. Myles identifies as a theology nerd and feels passionate about determining what it means to be a trans person of faith with mixed-Asian American/Native Hawai'ian ancestry and a "for better or for worse" kind of love for the Southeast.
Sara Renn, Operations Director
Sara grew up in Louisville, KY, and brings with her years of experience in anti-oppression work, community organizing, and direct service with immigrant and refugee populations. She began her social justice career organizing in the HIV/AIDS movement with the Student Global AIDS Campaign in 2002. She has worked globally with international NGO's and activist organizations in Haiti, Thailand, South Africa, and Taiwan, and she spent seven years at a community center in Louisville working alongside refugee families and youth. Sara has specialized in research, data management, and operational sustainability, both as an AmeriCorps VISTA and a Data Specialist for the Kentucky Office for Refugees. Most recently, she served as the Midwest Organizing Director with the Young Invincibles. She enjoys the outdoors, rowing, theatre, and eating with cousins.
Lauren Gray, Advancement Director
Lauren grew up in a Southern Baptist church where she was taught that same-sex relationships were sinful, and TRP was instrumental in making her a more outspoken advocate for affirming theology. After receiving her Ph.D. from Florida State University on gender and sexuality in the development of evangelicalism, she taught college courses in American religion and gender studies, and most recently worked with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Lauren lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and enjoys all outdoor adventures,reading memoirs, traveling to new places, and having deep conversations about eschatology with her five year old.
Rika Lively, Projects Coordinator
Rika Lively just finished her first year at Iliff School of Theology and is interested in queer studies as well as studying spiritual trauma. She has worked in the local church over the past seven years in various ministries including communications, missions, and student ministry. Rika is currently working in projects management for The Reformation Project. She is interested in nonprofit work that focuses on empowering the LGBTQ community. In her free time, Rika spends time with her wife, Meaghan, playing Nintendo games and hanging with their dog, Hercules.