Daren Mehl

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The gay label and a new identity
Jesus asked me to lay down my identity at His feet and surrender it for a new one in Him. I decided the gay label and lifestyle didn't align to my desired identity as a Christian. Trying to align my choices in behavior to my Christian identity took years of struggling, and sometimes it was quite painful.
— Daren Mehl[1]

Daren Mehl (1977 - ) is a Minnesota native who identified as a gay man for approximately 10 years (from high school through his late 20’s), but when he encountered the Gospel, his entire value system, purpose for living, and beliefs about who he is changed, including his sexual identity. Today (2018) he is married to a woman (Rhoda) and has two children.[1] Mehl joined Voice of the Voiceless in 2016 as an Advisory Board Member and now (2018) serves as president there. He is the author of his own blog, www.darenmehlblog.com and a portion of his story has been published in the book Achieving Heterosexuality.[2][3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Brandon Showalter (28 Apr 2018). Men, Women Who Left Homosexuality, Transgenderism to Rally at DC's 'Freedom March'. The Christian Post. Retrieved on 8 Oct 2018.
  2. Voice of the Voiceless, Daren Mehl, President. Voice of the Voiceless. Retrieved on 8 Oct 2018. “Daren Mehl is the oldest of 8 children, born in 1977. Most of his growing up years were spent in the small town of Northfield, Minnesota. During his junior year of high school he received Jesus as his Savior and was publicly baptised into the Christian faith and later received baptism of The Holy Spirit. Graduating high school, Daren joined an evangelist outreach ministry and served a preacher and experienced ministry on the road as he traveled the midwest and internationally sharing the gospel. ...”
  3. A Mind Renewal Journey. Daren Mehl Blog (7 Jun 2017). Retrieved on 8 Oct 2018. “...I “came out” to them and admitted I was going to bars and getting drunk as well as hooking up with guys afterward. Mr. Bassett told me in a loving way that I had to stop living a gay lifestyle if I were to assist him but to live as Scripture teaches. So, I did. I wanted to share Jesus more than I wanted to get drunk and hook up with guys. I quit drinking, quit going to the gay bars, quit hooking up with men...”