LGBTQIA+ Affirming Churches in Central Ohio

Updated: Aug 10

Congregations on this list are known to LOVEboldly to be intentionally affirming of LGBTQIA+ people. When we use the term "affirming", we are referring to churches that hold a sexual ethic wherein God blesses committed same-sex sexual relationships and diverse gender identities. This list is neither exhaustive nor is it a guarantee that every LGBTQIA+ person and their allies will be welcomed in these communities. Congregations are groups of people and though we try, people sometimes hurt other people even unintentionally. If you know of a congregation which is missing, please contact Ben Huelskamp.


🤝 Member of the LOVEboldly Partner Church Program

🏳️‍🌈 One or more openly LGBTQIA+ clergy or lay leaders


American Baptist

Episcopal

Lutheran
Mennonite
Metropolitan Community Churches
Non-Denominational
Presbyterian
United Church of Christ

United Methodist

Unitarian Universalist

🤝 Member of the LOVEboldly Partner Church Program

🏳️‍🌈 One or more openly LGBTQIA+ clergy or lay leaders


We recognize that there are many wonderful churches in the Columbus area who hold a traditional sexual ethic (also known as Side B) and want to welcome LGBTQIA+ people into their congregations. However, for the purposes of this list, we are not including churches that have a "welcoming, but not affirming" sexual ethic wherein God does not bless committed same-sex sexual relationships or diverse gender identities.