We witness it every day: people destroying relationships and tearing apart communities in the name of Jesus.
People are hurting and leaving and dying, and all we seem to be able to do is scream our opinions louder at the tragic expense of our neighbors. It’s time to make a change.
I am longing for a community who prioritizes love over hate and people over theology—maybe you are too?
That’s why I’m here. I believe it’s time to lay down our pride and our weapons, whether they be words, guns, or the Bible, and settle in for hard conversations. If you are frustrated by the lack of communication and empathy you are seeing in your own relationships, in yourself or in those with whom you disagree, you’re in the right place.
I’m Bailey Jo Welch-Pomerantz, writer, podcast host, and professional question-asker committed to empowering you to create radically inclusive communities.
I am a queer Christian, podcast host, advocate, and creator of Making Room on the Pew: a podcast and book meant to begin a movement focused on fostering reconciliation between minority communities and the Christian Church through respectful, grace-filled conversations about faith, the Bible, and community.
One of my favorite things is hosting my podcast called Making Room on the Pew where I talk with pastors, authors, and agents of positive change about how the Church can become more welcoming to all people. I also enjoy writing articles on a variety of topic; from challenging the idea that we should not ask God questions on RELEVANT Magazine Online, “the leading platform reaching Christian twenty- and thirtysomethings” since 2002, to exploring the intersection of faith and sexuality on Queer Grace, an online encyclopedia for LGBTQ and Christian life.
I was born and raised on my family’s farm in Ohio, on the same land my grandmother was. In fact, she was born in my childhood room in what is now my parents’ house! I dream often of moving back to the farm and building my dream house (my Pinterest board has the evidence) but for now, I live in New Jersey with my wife, Sarah, and our two cats, Ada and Ivan. I am the Director of Christian Education at Community Church of Cedar Grove, where I spend my time writing Sunday school curriculum, teaching kids how to pronounce words like Ecclesiastes, and adding copious amounts of glitter to every craft. When not working or writing, you can find me hiking, crocheting, and eating vegan Mexican food.