The German Baptist Church has been in the area for over a century and is a member of the Southern Baptist Convention and holds the largest growing congregation of any denomination in the state. The Spring Valley Baptist Church has always been open to gay and lesbian members but has not held a sexuality specific worship service since it was established. However, this has since changed. The pastor of the church has recently talked about his convictions and his desire to please God by keeping his sexual orientation private. This has caused quite a stir and he is facing a backlash from some in the community.
The German Evangelical Church is located just across the street from the Spring Valley Baptist Church. The churches are separate entities and although both have a large number of children attending, they have never come under fire from the larger denomination due to their stance on homosexuality. The pastor of the German church did not join the Baptist Convention until 2021 and continues to hold a view that God wants us to be gay. The German Baptist Church did experience a surge in membership after the elections of George W. Bush in the US and John McCain in the 2021 election.
Some people have criticized this move because they feel the church has become too accepting of gay people. They worry that those who choose to remain closeted will begin to gather around and worship in the streets because they will no longer be shying away from God and His Word. The pastor had made comments such as people should not be ashamed of being gay and that the will of God can work in different ways. He also said that people should not allow fear of death keep them from loving their partners should love their partners. He also implied that anyone who is gay should not allow fear of death to keep them from living out their faith.
Jim Dobson, who is the owner of the Spring Valley Baptist Church, has always stated that he welcomes gay members and gay marriage. He recently became the first openly gay pastor in the world when he became the head of operations for Creative Memories, an online site that connects people who have memories together. He stated that he wanted to clear up any misconceptions that people have about being gay. He also welcomes all people, gay or straight, into the church.
Jim Dobson loves his son, Michael, very much and has accepted him into his life despite what others may think. He said, “Mike’s personality is just the same as my son. We both love God, we both love each other, and we’re both gay. It doesn’t matter what you call it – gay or not – I know Michael is happy.”
Michael Dobson was born with a physical deformity that affected his appearance. He was born with an ear deformity that prevented him from hearing and his hand was deformed due to surgery. After he lost his hearing ability, he decided that he would give singing a try. He met his lover, Stephen Nissen, and the two became lovers. After learning that he could hear, he pursued a career in music.
Michael started out playing the harmonica in a band called Spring Valley Baptist. Later on, he went on to become one of the best male vocalists in the world. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Music, Original Score, for his work on the movie, The Pursuit of Happyness. He has since gone on to star in several more movies and TV shows. His musical career has taken him all over the world.
Jim Dobson loves his son very much and wants him to realize his goals. He said, “If Michael could talk, he’d say he wants to be an instrumentalist and be a rock star like him. But I think he wants to be a good husband and father first. That’s what he’s supposed to do with his life, but it’s good to see our son taking such a different path.”