Reverend Matthew Makela of Midland, Michigan, is a father of five and has always been staunchly anti-gay. And when we say anti-gay, we really mean self-loathing. Because it turns out Reverend Makela is: “a ‘top’ who enjoys ‘making out naked’ with other men, sucking some d*ck, massages, and of course, cuddling.”
He and North Dakota lawmaker Randy Boehning (yes, his name really is “Randy” “Boehning”) were both recently outed on the “free gay iPhone app” Grindr. Grindr touts itself as “the world’s biggest mobile network of guys,” and states that it is the “largest and most popular all-male location-based social network out there. With more than 5 million guys in 192 countries around the world — and approximately 10,000 more new users downloading the app every day — you’ll always find a new date, buddy, or friend on Grindr.”
Well, turns out in a addition to being a “top,” Reverend Makela is also a child abuser. And by child abuser I mean that he encouraged at least one of his parishioners — a young gay man — to kill himself. That’s right, the boy’s mother, Jennifer Kish, tells WNEM that the pastor told her depressed 17-year-old son:
If he’s going to hell for being gay then he might as well commit suicide.
Surely that is EXACTLY what Jesus would have said.
The church, St. John’s, released a statement (which has since been removed from their website, but not before Gawker copied it) which read, in part:
I write this to you to warn you that you may be confronted with the details of the sin, and to remind you that sin is never pretty. The facebook [sic] pages associated with St. John’s have been taken down in an attempt to remove the opportunity for malicious posters to have access to St. John’s members, but the internet and age of communication being what it is, I have no way of guaranteeing that you will not come across this information in some way.
The statement goes on urging people not to panic, not to respond when hearing anything about it, to inform the church if they hear anything, and of course, to be patient and trust God.
Before being outed on Grindr, Jennifer Kish also told WNEM that the good Reverent Makela took to social media about her son, and how being gay is wrong, and even that as a parent, Kish should not be supporting her son. Funny that church allowed that, but not the revelation about their pastor.
Her son, Tyler Kish, was astonishingly mature and reflective about the whole thing, telling WNEM about Reverend Makela:
[I] honestly feel very bad for him, because looking at it everything he was telling me, he was telling himself too, and I think that he was really kind of self destructing and hurting people around him.
Watch the whole interview here:
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