Hi. My name in Sam Andreades and I’m just a pastor who has found that teaching what the Bible says about gender helps people. Through a careful reading of ancient Scripture, a sober look at modern movements, and walking alongside truth-seeking folks, I have forged a theology of gender that is invigorating and uplifting. The message also helps to answer many hard questions about women, men and relationships.
Not all have ears to hear this message, but I have shared it at conferences, seminars, and retreats, and have seen lives changed by it. As part of my ministerial call, I want to help people recover the gendered image, given to foster intimacy and fruitfulness in our relationships. I especially look to equip ministry leaders to navigate the gender issues of those they serve.
God gave us a precious gift when He made us men and women in His image. Can I help you celebrate that gift?
MOST REQUESTED TALKS
1. Building a Theology of Gender: Why it Matters
A basic introduction to the principles the Bible teaches about gender, which lays a foundation for listeners to handle whatever questions confront them. A few, easy-to-follow lessons open up the wisdom of God's gift to us.
2. What makes a real Man and how to be a true Woman?
The asymmetrical callings of God that answer the million dollar question: What defines our masculinity and femininity? Cutting through cultural stereotypes, harmful generalizations and traditional prejudices, we outline the descriptions, and prescriptions, that arise from the Scriptures.
3. How to Love Loved Ones Who Minimize Gender
How do you respond to a loved one's life decisions that seem to discard God's gift? If your child, spouse, nephew, friend, or even parent, decides to embrace gayness, to deny asymmetrical callings in relationships, or to try to change sex, and you cannot agree that the decision is good for him or her, how do you love appropriately? Answers to the questions that rend our hearts when we cannot agree with the gender decisions of family and close friends.
4. transFigured—Jesus Christ’s Help for the Gender Distressed
An explanation of the issues in understanding and helping those who identify as transgendered or experience gender dysphoria.
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I have never been in a setting where I felt I could come with my most difficult and troubling questions - about perplexing biblical passages and how to deal with the whirlpool of gender confusion in our world today - until Pastor Sam's training. I also appreciated just getting to know Pastor Sam a bit as a person and seeing his heart as a pastor, a husband and father, and an everyday follower of Jesus.I am so grateful for his rigorously thoughtful and biblically careful approach in developing a much-needed theology of gender. I am equally thankful for the compassionate and gracious way he handled such sensitive issues, fraught with so much controversy, confusion, and heartache.May God pour abundant grace on this ministry, and use it to equip and stir up His Church to stand for His truth and reflect His image in fruitful gendered relationships.--Timothy Hsu, Pastoral Intern, Chinese Bible Church of Maryland
What Do Audiences Say?
"We invited Dr. Andreades to give the Harvest USA staff a half-day seminar on gender and transgender issues. We were hoping to gain from Sam’s study of and experience with people struggling with gender issues.
"Wow, did he deliver! We were amazed and very thankful for what he gave to us that afternoon!
"Especially, he led a deeply insightful, theologically solid, and pastorally practical discussion on responding to the struggles people have and to the transgender agenda we now face. The issues of transgenderism are relatively new, complex, and fraught with no small degree of peril as our culture aggressively promotes redefining what it means to be a human being.
"The implications for the church and for society are huge here. Sam skillfully and with much pastoral care led us through a deeper knowledge of Scripture about gender and constructive ways to help others."
--Nicholas Black, Education and Resources Director, Harvest USA
"Dr. Andreades spoke recently at a community-wide conference hosted by our church. His messages were timely, biblical, encouraging, and thought-provoking. He engaged listeners with powerful stories drawn from his experiences ministering to people who struggle with unwanted same-sex attractions.
"Sam has a special gift for navigating sensitive, controversial issues with a gentle and gracious manner while unswervingly upholding the teachings of Scripture. He clearly displays a pastor’s heart of compassion for those who have been wounded by the effects of a gender-denying culture.
"Every man and woman needs to hear his challenges to embrace and celebrate their God-given gift of gender."
--Holly Pivec, The Christian Thought Forum
"At our AffirmingGender Conference, Sam was invaluable in helping our church and others understand and love people who identify along the LGBTQ spectrum. Having studied, counseled, and written extensively in the area of gender and sexuality, Sam is articulate and well-informed; however, what sets him apart is the gentle, winsome way that he expresses the love of Christ while maintaining biblical integrity. If your church is looking for an articulate, compassionate speaker to share a biblical perspective on gender and sexuality in our changing times, Sam is my top recommendation.."
--Sr Pastor Cole McGlaughlin, Peace Presbyterian Church
"Dr. Andreades came and gave a seminar to our denominational committee (RPCNA, Reformed Presbyterian Church, North America), as we thought through our denominational position on gender issues...He helpfully highlighted the blessings in one’s sex (gender) and how we as male and female image bearers of God seek to bless each other.
"He also challenged us as we considered roles of men and women...in the not-so-clear realm of society, i.e. the work place. At the very least these challenges help the conversation to move forward with the intent and question: 'How can I glorify God?' This is a valuable teaching that draws from Dr. Andreades' years of pastoral counseling and study."
--Pastor Kent Butterfield, First Reformed Presbyterian Church of Durham
"I was blessed to attend Sam Andreades' seminar this weekend on gender. Sam's presentation was so deeply rooted in Scripture and complimented with such vast personal experience. There was also an underlying tone of humility that built everyone up.
"The topic was so much more than the sticky navigation of gay/lesbian issues and those complexities. Yes, I was powerfully equipped to promote dignity and maintain relationship with those in those situations...But I came away with something even more: A new determination to be more of a woman than I have ever been before. The need to be a real man or true woman was beautifully presented.
"If you ever have the opportunity to attend one of Sam's seminars I believe you would be strengthened and encouraged as a pastor or as a person."
--Michelle, attendee of the Affirming Gender Seminar in Quarryville
"Sam came and spoke on gender and sexuality at our annual multi-church youth retreat. His presentation had theological depth but also clarity our teens could easily follow. His talk was engaging and addressed issues our kids face daily, how to respond to gay friends, how to think about their own sexual temptations, and how to understand biblical teaching on gender in marriage and the church.
"Personally, I have found Sam's book and his talk to be extremely helpful in my own thinking on the Bible's teaching on gender and a rich resource for my teaching. I highly recommend him to pastors, parents, congregations, and youth groups.
--Chris Walker, Associate Pastor for Youth, Westminster Presbyterian Church
"Pastor Sam came to speak to our entire staff body at the Boardwalk Chapel, an evangelistic mission where we encounter people of all backgrounds and ideologies. His presentation on theology of gender was biblical, straightforward, engaging, and not the least awkward, despite being a culturally sensitive topic. He welcomed insight, thoughtful questions, and comments from the audience, as well as from his wife and children who had accompanied him, which only served to add depth, richness, and balance to the overall flow of the lectures. (As one seminary student who attended put it, "I don't know if I've ever received training from someone who took people's questions so seriously -- making sure to understand them properly and address them in a way helpful to the students.")
"Pastor Sam's compassion, humility, and graciousness in addressing the important and volatile issue of gender in today's world was admirable and worth reflecting by all disciples of Christ who seek to minister in the midst of cultural confusion. I highly recommend that every man and woman in the church today read enGendered and find an opportunity to seriously think, pray, and discuss what we as the Church believe about masculinity and femininity and how we can live it out to the glory of God in whose image we are created."
--Elizabeth Horst, OPC Boardwalk Chapel