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 a willingness to walk alongside and learn from 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 now have shared it at conferences, seminars, retreats and on radio programs. 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 women and men 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 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 change genders, 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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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
"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 recent 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