Parents Reconciling Network

PRN is a group of United Methodist parents blessed with LGBTQ children.

We believe that God calls us to support fellow parents and other family members of persons who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ).

PRN began in 1999 when Bruce and Virginia (Ginny) Hilton, both United Methodist pastors and parents of a gay child, brought parents together. They aimed to present a visible witness of parents in support of ending the denomination’s anti-LGBTQ stance and provide their LGBTQ children the same rights as cisgender, heterosexual United Methodists at The United Methodist Church’s 2000 General Conference.

PRN Board

Members of the PRN Board are available to offer help and support to parents of LGBTQ children. Feel free to contact them with your questions.

  • Janet Duke — Austin, TX (jdukeaustin at
  • Page Hines — Haslet, TX (pagehines at
  • Jennifer Jue — Jackson, MI (jenjue at
  • Joy Leet — Stanley, NY (geojoy1 at
  • Audrey Myers — Elizabethtown, KY (avmyers01 at
  • Chris Pepple — Germantown, TN (looktoseeme at
  • Carolyn Scott — Kerman, CA (cscott93630 at
  • Wendy Smith — Lincoln, NE (wsmith28 at
  • Eric Swanson — San Diego, CA (rrch040522 at
  • Rexanna Swanson — San Diego, CA (rrch4413 at
  • Ginger Thomas — Pittsburgh, PA (gingerthomas at
  • Kevin Thomas — Tuscaloosa, AL (kthomas at
  • Cheryl Vaughn — Austin, TX (cheryl.vaughan at
  • James Waugh — Grove City, OH (jwaugh4 at
  • Julie Wood — Winston-Salem, NC (avoiceforben at

Apply to Serve on the 2022 PRN Board

Gender Identity 101

We’re delighted to be able to share these three sessions on Gender Identity 101 with you. The link above takes you to the first video, but here’s a link to the whole playlist.

All participants have agreed to be recorded and to share these recordings with you.

Rainbow Stoles

Rainbow stoles have been a part of United Methodist Annual and General Conferences throughout the U.S. since General Conference 2004, worn by those committed to full inclusion of lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender and queer person in the life and policy of The UMC.

Signifying the diversity of God’s ordained kin-dom, PRN volunteers have faithfully made over 7,000 stoles for General Conferences in 2004, 2008, and 2012 and at RMN convocations in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2016, and 2019.

Other PRN Resources

When Your Child is LGBTQ

Strong Family Alliance

Parents Reconciling Network partners with Strong Family Alliance, a multi-faith organization saving lives and preserving families by supporting parents and children coming out.