Grace Fellowship Church in Chicago founder of ‘We’re Here’ documentary quits over gay pastor’s dismissal

CNN Staff • Updated 8th January 2019 (CNN) — A pastor who appeared on HBO’s “We’re Here” documentary about a trip to Uganda and fought for the rights of a local LGBT community says…

Grace Fellowship Church in Chicago founder of 'We're Here' documentary quits over gay pastor's dismissal

CNN Staff • Updated 8th January 2019

(CNN) — A pastor who appeared on HBO’s “We’re Here” documentary about a trip to Uganda and fought for the rights of a local LGBT community says she’s leaving the church.

The documentary premiered in November 2017 and examined life in Uganda, the birthplace of a punishing anti-homosexuality law that has been under question.

Cecily Strong hosted the 90-minute program, which covered the issues around homosexuality and compassion.

Cecily Strong in “We’re Here”

The gay pastor who briefly appeared in a red-haired wig at the end of the film, Aderonke Adegoke, has now written on Facebook that she’s out of the Grace Fellowship Church, a predominantly black Pentecostal church in Chicago, Illinois.

Aderonke said she’ll attend seminary and reach out to LGBTQ people.

“Grace Fellowship Church sends out a very strong message to members of the LGBTQ community that they are worthless and worthless,” she wrote. “They send the exact message that I have shared to the LGBTQ community. I believe they hold themselves out as the peacemakers and love makers and then act contrary to those beliefs.”

CNN has not yet heard back from the church on Adegoke’s departure.

CNN has not previously reported on the church in connection with the documentary, but Reverend Jeffrey Long, a pastor who appears in the film, said on the Grace Fellowship Facebook page earlier this week that the church would be ending an agreement to give a sermon, in part because of the backlash it faced.

Adegoke said in the Facebook post that she doesn’t think she can handle the intense pressure to be a “good homemaker, family preacher, community leader, etc.”

“Grace Fellowship Church’s actions are in the best interest of the church,” the post said. “Grace Fellowship is the most ignorant church that I have ever known.”

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