A place to belong. Isn't that what we all want, really? Somewhere we feel loved and wanted. A place where we can be real. A place where we can say what's really going on inside and not be turned away or ostracized simply by others' silence. A place where we're included and accepted, no matter what.
That's what Jesus did for people while he was here on this earth. And he's still doing it today through communities of faith that believe in being safe places.
CenterPeace is built on the concept of table fellowship, on the truth that Jesus invites each of us, no matter where we are in our thinking, to dine with him. For without Jesus at the center of our lives, there is no peace.
"Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God."
Founded in 2006 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the work of CenterPeace is to help church leaders, educators, and families better understand issues impacting LGBTQ+ people and open conversations about faith and sexuality. CenterPeace grew out of Founder and Executive Director Sally Gary's own journey, growing up in a Christian family, experiencing same-sex attraction without a safe place to talk about those feelings. Church and university leaders gathered with Sally for nearly two years exploring what a ministry like this should offer, and the result was CenterPeace. Since then, dozens of churches and universities have reached out to CenterPeace for helping families and individuals resolve questions of faith and sexuality. Following the lead of Jesus, who never turned anyone away, CenterPeace is helping Christians who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer+ find a place to belong within the Body of Christ.
We welcome grace-filled dialogue and respectful disagreement with all who come to the table, acknowledging Jesus as the CenterPeace of our existence. We neither promote nor condone even the most well-intentioned condemnation of God's LGBTQ+ children, nor will we allow politics to distract us from extending the Lord's invitation to His banquet table.
Sally Gary | Executive Director
Originally from Wichita Falls, TX, Sally now lives in Dallas with her wife Karen and their miniature dapple dachshund, Rudy. She is the author of two books: Loves God, Likes Girls (2013) and Affirming: A Memoir of Faith, Sexuality, and Staying in the Church (2021).
Sally holds bachelor's and master's degrees in communication from Abilene Christian University, as well as a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Texas Tech University School of Law. She has coached high school and college speech and debate, worked as a civil trial attorney, and spent ten years teaching communications at ACU. Sally is a teacher at heart. Most of all, Sally is dedicated to serving queer youth, helping them know they are loved and that they belong. Everywhere.
JennCullen Dettmann | Director of Development and Operations
Hailing from St. Louis, MO, but having lived in many other cities, she particularly loved her 12 years in Boston and living very close to the ocean. JennCullen is back in her hometown and currently enjoys making art and all things outdoors. She shares her home with her two handsome cats, a Russian Blue named Aimes and her youngest, Otis, who is jet black, very rambunctious and nicknamed, “Batman.”
She has 30 years experience in Marketing/Business Development, primarily in LGBTQ+ media, with an emphasis on TV, Radio and Magazines. She has also worked tirelessly fundraising for nonprofits in her spare time. She is thrilled to join the CenterPeace family and honored to help us continue to fulfill our mission in the future.