Lance Helms, Director of Communications
An adult convert to Christianity who grew up unchurched but has always been a spiritual seeker, Lance Helms was baptized at age 28 in an Episcopal parish in New Hampshire, where he first encountered Whosoever as he was building that church’s first website. Sixteen years later he would meet Rev. Paul M. Turner, pastor of Gentle Spirit Christian Church of Atlanta, where Whosoever founder Rev. Candace Chellew was ordained.
At Gentle Spirit Christian Church, Lance served as webmaster and communications director, became a member of church staff in 2010, led bible studies and delivered the occasional sermon.
Lance’s Christianity is heavily informed by his experience of other faith traditions prior to his conversion, as well as his education in Jungian phenomenology. He was heavily influenced by Jung’s observations around the universality of human experience, including the universality of religious experience, which led him to believe that the being Christians call God is not exclusive to Christianity.
An Atlanta native, Lance was educated in public and private schools in North Carolina and graduated from the University of Georgia, where he was the editor of the student newspaper The Red & Black, in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in business. After college he lived in New Hampshire and New York (and briefly on a Tuscan olive estate), relocating to Atlanta in 2002 to be closer to his family. He currently lives in South Florida.