Family Research Council
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 10, 2013
CONTACT: J.P. Duffy or Darin Miller, (866) FRC-NEWS or (866) 372-6397

FRC to Host Webcast Lecture on Testimony of Former Lesbian University Professor


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Family Research Council (FRC) will host a family policy lecture at noon Eastern on Wednesday, June 12, by Dr. Rosaria Champagne Butterfield. Credentialed media interested in attending this lecture must register in advance by emailing dbm@frc.org.

Dr. Butterfield, a former lesbian who taught at Syracuse University, will share the story of how she came to faith in Christ and how it has changed her life. She will also discuss ways to graciously address difficult questions regarding sexuality with friends, family members and neighbors.

Before turning to Christ, Dr. Butterfield perceived the Christian faith to be hateful and dark with judgment. Her presuppositions were challenged by the letter of a local pastor, who asked her to explain her perceptions. As Dr. Butterfield pondered the deep questions she had been asked, the Truth began to soften her heart and change her life.

Dr. Butterfield holds a Ph.D. in English Literature and Cultural Studies from Ohio State University. She is the author of a Christian memoir, The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert: An English Professor's Journey into Christian Faith (Crown and Covenant Publications, 2012). She is currently working on two new books, one to discuss Biblical sexuality and the other Biblical hospitality.

Dr. Butterfield taught in the English Department and Women's Studies Program at Syracuse University until 1998, the year she was nominated for tenure. She left Syracuse in 1999 and taught at Geneva College after her conversion to Christianity. She is married to Reverend Kent C. Butterfield, pastor of the First Reformed Presbyterian Church of Durham. They reside in Durham, North Carolina with two of their four children.

WHO: Dr. Rosaria Champagne Butterfield, professor and author

WHAT: Family policy lecture: "An Unlikely Convert: A Former Lesbian Professor's Journey to Faith"

WHERE: Online: http://www.frc.org/upcomingevents/an-unlikely-convert-a-former-lesbian-professors-journey-to-faith; In Person: ** CREDENTIALED MEDIA MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE BY EMAILING DBM@FRC.ORG; Family Research Council Media Center, 801 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

WHEN:12 p.m. Eastern, Wednesday, June 12

A light lunch will be provided for in-person attendees.

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