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Frank Worthen Turns 80

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009


Frank Worthen will be 80 years old this coming February.


I have known Frank for over 22 years and live every day in the fruit of his labor in my personal life.  I have experienced the amazing testimony of Frank’s walk with the Lord from  personally and have seen the integrity and powerful hand of God in everything he has done.


Frank is an amazing unsung hero of the Christian Faith.  Due to the length of his ministry vocation and the 100’s of thousands of lives that have been touched by Frank’s quiet yet strong convictions that God can set people free from a life of homosexuality.  I would place him right alongside Corrie Ten Boom, Mother Theresa, and many other Christian heros.


There will be a day when Frank Worthen’s life will be memorialized as one of the greatest men of our time for these very reasons!


In 1973 Frank didn’t know how the Lord would use him but the foundation was laid through his life for a specialized ministry to help men and women walk away from homosexuality through Jesus Christ.  This developed into a distinct movement of God called the “ex-gay” movement.


Frank’s vision was to develop a world-wide ministry based upon solid biblical truth.  He believes in the strength of a person’s testimony to help people gain the hope they need to follow Christ.


This vision continues today through Frank’s involvement in founding Love In Action International, Exodus International, Bagong Pagasa and New Hope Ministry.


One of the most memorable statements I heard from Frank regarding Roman’s Chapter 1 is:  “God’s wrath is letting us have our own way!”  Another saying I remember from Frank is:  “The height of victory equals the depth of submission.”   Frank is deeply convicted about our calling from the Lord to be obedient to Him!


Virtually every established ministry around the world offering help to those seeking freedom from homosexuality today has been influenced by Frank’s 35 years of devotion to helping people.


One of Frank’s greatest desires is for the people he knows and loves to live in unity of relationship and purpose. This was his initial reason for the first meeting of ministry leaders back in 1974, which eventually became Exodus International.


New Hope Ministries and Church of the Open Door will mark this special event on February 21, 2009.


The celebration will take place at the San Rafael Community Center in San Rafael, CA. Admission is strictly “reservations only” event.  To reserve your place call Church of the Open Door or email “”.  RSVP no later than February 13, 2009 (please) The cost is $10.00 per person in advance or at the door.


There will be a buffet supper, special slide show of Franks life, a cake and a special gift given to Frank.  If you would like to contribute towards the gift please include this in your check for the event.  Checks can be made payable to Church of the Open Door mailed to PO Box 6217, San Rafael, CA 94903-0217.  For questions call Church of the Open Door at 415-459-1980, ask for Barbara or leave a voice mail.


This would be a great time to send him our blessings to help him celebrate 80 years of life! Send your blessings to New Hope Ministry.


Frank Worthen’s Life Story


Report on Upcoming Events

Friday, December 5th, 2008

Upcoming Events


During this time we are spending our time on development and infrastructure of Grace Rivers and it appears God is with us in our plan. We will be scheduling new events for January.


We are praying about potential workshops at Collierville Bible Church, Central Church in Memphis, The Love of Christ Church all for January. We are laying out plans for our California trip in February for Frank Worthen’s birthday. This will include a “Steps Further” retreat in northern California and possibly a family conference in Southern California.


Family Weekend Workshop – TLC Church- August 19, 2008

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

Family Weekend Workshop

This past weekend GR facilitated a Family Weekend Workshop.  We worked through our home church, The Love of Christ Church to accomplish this awewome event.
We had about 20 people who came to us in varying ways.  One couple happened to visit our potluck last Wednesday evening at church. They were invited to attend by one of our church Elders.  They quickly signed up for the Workshop.  I can honestly say that there was no question that God brought them to the weekend!  I wanted to share with you some of the comments.

  • Being transparent with our feelings is very healing!
  • John has a God-given gift and calling for this
  • John has a wonderful ability to get to one’s lifelong hurt.  I began to heal this weekend.
  • Thank you so much for coming to share with us.  You’ve changed the course of our family.

My pastor sent me an e-mail with the following comments:
John, I have spoken with several people that attended the Family Weekend Workshop. I heard people describe the weekend using phrases like “life changing, amazing” or “I wish our whole church could do this.” I have asked several of these folks if I can record their testimonies so that we can use them in the future to spread the word. I hope that you are greatly encouraged by this awesome success and please forward this email to all of “Smidites” so that all of us can celebrate this victory.  We need to be praying for the means and opportunity to expand this ministry and perhaps plan to do it again as soon as you are able. John , we are so honored to have you as our partner. I think we are seeing the birth of a powerful ministry. -dana
I am truely blessed to see what the Lord is doing as HE leads me into this new life of ministry.