John Allison

Origin Workshop

Navigating Through LGBTQ Issues and How to Reach Out to Your Gay and Lesbian Friends in Grace and Truth by John Allison, Eddie Sariol and Brittany Masai

Culture sends us a lot of messages about sexuality, but how do we know what’s true? Views and opinions are constantly changing, but God never changes and as God’s Word, the Bible, is always true. Speaking from testimony and scripture, we will explore the truth about homosexuality and gender. We will learn what the Bible says about loving our gay friends, experiencing the grace available to all of us, and embracing the reality of self-denial for all believers.

Heart to Heart Parent Session

Loving in Grace and Truth: Dialoguing with Your Teen About LGBT Issues
by John Allison, Eddie Sariol and Brittany Masai

Our teens are bombarded regularly with confusing beliefs about LGBT issues through their school experiences/curriculum, social media, media and entertainment. Learn practical ways of approaching these issues with grace and truth that will help you to dialogue effectively with your teen and impart godly perspectives. John will give you a great starting point and build helpful foundational perspectives. This session will also help parents whose teenager is personally struggling with questions of their sexuality or gender. 


Associate Director of Baptist Collegiate Ministries at UH

Raised in Small-town Oklahoma, John grew up going to church with his family. God led him half way around the world to the middle of the Pacific Ocean when he moved to Hawaii to work with International students at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa for one year. One year became many years when God told him to stay, and God grew in his heart a deeply rooted love for the islands and all their people. He transferred to UH and graduated in 2009.  He has been working for the Baptist Collegiate Ministries Oahu since 2006, fully convinced that he has the best job in the world. Mentoring, event planning, graphic design, and travel, he gets to do it all with the coolest people on the planet- college students!  John states, “Who knew that when God asked me what I was doing with my life, He had a plan for me to spend it on an unbelievable adventure in relationship with Him.”