We have strong leaders committed to our mission of helping LGBTQ+ individuals reclaim and develop their faith in community. See below what compels them to serve.

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Leadership Team

Gregory “Ory” Cook

Executive Director, Co-Founder

“I don’t want anyone to feel the pain I felt, believing I had to choose between my faith in Jesus and who he created me to be.”

Joel Atchison

Events Director

"Renovus is a safe place for people to express their love for God and have people surrounding and supporting each other on our journeys with God. I lead and serve with Renvous so I can work to bring the community closer through creating meaningful events for us to gather together."

Jonathan Smith

Groups Director

"My young adult life was full of self hatred for being gay. Finding this community helped me realize that God is active in the lives of LGBTQ+ Christians who are serious about a relationship with him. I serve with Renovus because I want everyone to experience the abundant life that Christ promises."


Brian Nietzel

Board President, Co-founder

“The story of my life is becoming whole - undivided, fully alive, restored to my intended true self. That includes my identity as a beloved son of God, a fan & follower of Jesus, a proud gay man, and a passionate coach and supporter of this organization and its members. I love Renovus!”

Debbie Causey

Board Secretary

‍”I have an overwhelming love for the LGBTQ+ community since my son came out in 2014. I want every person to know that they do not have to choose between their faith and their sexuality, and it breaks my heart that so many LGBTQ+ Christians think that they do. I serve to further the cause of knowing the love of God for everyone.”

Greg McDonald

Board Member

"It simply breaks my heart when people are told they can’t be a Christian and LGBTQ. The work that Renovus does of helping LGBTQ individuals reclaim and deepen their faith inspires me to make a difference by serving on the Board.”

Sandi Harman Waldrop

Board Treasurer

Keith Wilson

Board Member

"Just as God is redeeming all things unto himself, I believe as Christians we are called to be vessels of reconciliation unto Christ. And Renovus has the wonderful blessing and awesome calling to be this path of reconciliation for the LGBTQIA community."