Whosoever was founded as a print magazine in 1996 to serve as a voice and a resource for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Christians. Back then there was little, if any, support to be found for LGBT Christians — not just on the internet, but also in print. Christian magazines such as Christianity Today and Moody’s regularly took pot shots at LGBT people.
Whosoever published four print editions under founding Editor Candace Chellew, who had more than 20 years’ experience in the media, before moving online for good. At its peak Whosoever.org received more than 500,000 site visits a year — and many wrote to say how it had either changed or literally saved their lives.
For 18 years Whosoever’s mission was to stay on the cutting edge of the LGBT movement for acceptance in both church and society. In the meantime Candace earned her Master of Theological Studies from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in 2002, and in 2003 she was ordained by Gentle Spirit Christian Church of Atlanta. In 2008 she published Bulletproof Faith: A Spiritual Survival Guide for Gay and Lesbian Christians. She is currently the minister of Jubilee! Circle in Columbia, S.C.
In 2019 Rev. Paul M. Turner, Senior Pastor of Gentle Spirit Christian Church, answered the call to serve Whosoever in the role of Editor-in-Chief under the guidance of Candace in the role of Editor Emeritus. Together they’ve broadened Whosoever’s mission to be about reaching all those who seek a deeper understanding of the truly loving God, whose unconditional love is experienced as boundless grace.
Every time I open Whosoever I am amazed at the quality and quantity of work that goes into this magazine for GLBT Christians, their friends and families. I am especially grateful for the information Whosoever provides for that closeted Christian who after being rejected by his or her church and family has nowhere to go but the Internet to find someone who understands. — Soulforce Founder Mel White
Articles about/featuring Rev. Candace Chellew
The Advocate, March 28, 2006
Charleston (S.C.) Post and Courier, October 3, 2004
Q-Notes (N.C.), June 19, 2004
The State (Columbia, S.C.), June 13, 2004
Radio appearances by Rev. Candace Chellew
On “The Other Side” on XM Satellite Radio, May 2003 (Part 1)
On “The Other Side” on XM Satellite Radio, May 2003 (Part 2)
On “The Seed Show” on WCEO Radio (Columbia, S.C.), July 8, 2004
Covers of Whosoever’s print editions