Out Of The Closet … In The Pulpit Of A Megachurch (NPR interviews Bishop Jim Swilley)

Published: November 14, 2010

A few weeks ago, Bishop Jim Swilley sat down in front of his congregation at Church in the Now near Atlanta to get a few things off his chest.

"There are two things in my life that are an absolute," the megachurch pastor told his flock. "I did not ask for either one of them, both of them were imposed upon me, I had no control over either of them.  One was the call of God on my life… and the other thing … was my sexual orientation."

Jim Swilley — a twice-married father of four, a man who comes from a long line of evangelical preachers — revealed a secret he’d been holding onto most of his life:

He’s gay.

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