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The congregation was also moved by his testimony as a young man believed to be the first gay president of a Wesley Foundation, the United Methodist campus ministry. As the son of a Lutheran pastor, Mikah told how he felt called to ministry, but was prevented by the United Methodist policies that bar LGBTQ people from ordained ministry. As a result of his personal experience, Mikah has started a community called Queer for Christ, which brings together LGBTQ Christians for faith and fellowship.
Mikah's appearance was part of a larger goal: to be the youngest person to visit all 417-plus National Park Service sites, thereby setting a world record. You can follow his journey on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TBCMikah/
His appearance at St. Stephen drew the attention of local media, including notices in the Dallas Voice and the Mesquite News.