After six years as an active member of Woods Chapel General Baptist Church in Brookland, Ark., Dylan Settles received a letter this week telling him that he was no longer welcome because he is gay.
“We as the church board here at Woods Chapel General Baptist Church, have with great sorrow, voted to remove your name immediately from the church membership role,” the letter reads. “It is the desire of your church family, you would turn from the sinful lifestyle you have chosen, repent of the sins you have committed, and return to full fellowship with God and the church body.”
Settles, 20, was struggling with his sexuality privately for years before he decided to come out to his family three months ago, Little Rock TV station KARK
“I asked for God to just kind of take it out of my life and give me some hope and faith that I could find a wife or a girlfriend,” he told KARK. “I was tired of living for somebody else. … I kind of just chose to live for what I wanted and be happy.”