The Team

Core-Team Volunteers

Heidi Weaver-Smith
Founder & President
Heidi is the founder/president of LOVEboldly and has been hosting dialogues with traditionally-minded Christians and the LGBT+ community for the Read More
Heidi Weaver-SmithFounder & President

Heidi is the founder/president of LOVEboldly and has been hosting dialogues with traditionally-minded Christians and the LGBT+ community for the past nine years. Compelled by Christ’s interactions with marginalized folks in the Gospels and disturbed by the stories of LGBT+ friends who had been treated poorly by Christians, Heidi founded LOVEboldly in 2011. Heidi has a B.A. in Media Communications from Asbury University and attended Asbury Theological Seminary from 2011-2013, completing coursework towards an M.A. in Marriage and Family Counseling. Through her leadership of LOVEboldly, Heidi empowers the LGBT+ and Christian communities to step towards loving one another boldly, and engage with dignity and civility in the polarizing conversations surrounding faith and sexuality. Heidi travels and speaks around the country at conferences, universities, and seminaries on the intersection of faith, sexuality, and gender identity. She lives with her husband, Steven, and her dog Malcolm in Cincinnati, OH.

Jill Schad
Administrative Assistant
Jill volunteers with LOVEboldly because she want to live in a world filled with diversity and people who care about each Read More
Jill SchadAdministrative Assistant

Jill volunteers with LOVEboldly because she want to live in a world filled with diversity and people who care about each other. Her mission is to love, serve and listen.  Jill’s life is one of service, whether in her role as the manager at a pharmacy, in her church as a volunteer in many capacities, or at home. She has a BSN from Kent State University and has one year toward a Master’s in Nursing at University of Cincinnati. Jill is married to her junior high school sweetheart, Kevin, and they have a lovely daughter, Claire. In her spare time, Jill loves to bake cookies, make caramels, travel and read.

Kevin Schad
Volunteer Coordinator & Relationship Manager
Kevin serves as volunteer coordinator for LOVEboldly.  By day, Kevin is a Federal Public Defender.  By night, Kevin attempts to make Read More
Kevin SchadVolunteer Coordinator & Relationship Manager

Kevin serves as volunteer coordinator for LOVEboldly.  By day, Kevin is a Federal Public Defender.  By night, Kevin attempts to make his wife of 26 years (Jill) happy despite all his faults!  Kevin volunteers at LOVEboldly because he is interested in loving people like Jesus would.  In his free time, Kevin likes to bike.  Kevin’s greatest accomplishment is his daughter Claire, a music therapist in Washington D.C. Kevin has a deep love for donuts and beer.  He has a JD from University of Cincinnati, and completed one year of seminary education at Cincinnati Christian University.

Summer Muldoon
Social Media Coordinator
Summer was raised in a conservative Southern Baptist home and church in the tiny town of Mckinney, Kentucky. She spent Read More
Summer MuldoonSocial Media Coordinator

Summer was raised in a conservative Southern Baptist home and church in the tiny town of Mckinney, Kentucky. She spent the earliest parts of her life learning to love Jesus and people with every part of her. These values still motivate her daily. Summer now lives with her rockstar husband, Cody, five pet rats, and her dog in Cincinnati. She operates an in home childcare and serves as a children’s minister for a church plant (Church Project Cincinnati). Summer dabbles in photography and enjoys capturing raw moments that she uses to advocate for various causes she is passionate about.  She loves spending time with other creatives, having talks over coffee, hearing stories, and thrift shopping.  Her deepest conviction is to see the world through the eyes of Christ and to love His people accordingly. 

Zach Muller
PR Coordinator & Assistant Blog Editor
Zach is our assistant blog editor and has a passion for writing, for Jesus, and for pursuing healing and growth Read More
Zach MullerPR Coordinator & Assistant Blog Editor

Zach is our assistant blog editor and has a passion for writing, for Jesus, and for pursuing healing and growth between the Church and the LGBT+ community. He has a knack for finding himself in awkward situations, has a strong addiction to coffee, and longs to live in a world where people actually use their turn signals. His self-proclaimed hero is Cady Herron because she pushed Regina George in front of a bus, though we all know it’s Regina’s fault. His ideal relaxing afternoon is sitting around with a good cup of coffee and some vintage vinyls. He currently serves as an undergraduate admissions counselor at Cincinnati Christian University, from where he holds a Bachelor’s in Biblical Studies and Communication Arts and is pursuing a Master of Arts in Religion. He self identifies as bisexual, and commits himself to studying deeper the intersection of faith and sexuality.


Board Members

LOVEboldly board members take a break to goof off at our annual board retreat.

LOVEboldly board members take a break to goof off at our annual board retreat.

Carey Ruiz
Board Member
Dr. Carey Ruiz specializes in Race, Class, and Gender inequality and holds a graduate certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies. ...read more.
Carey RuizBoard Member

Dr. Carey Ruiz specializes in Race, Class, and Gender inequality and holds a graduate certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies.  She received her PhD from the University of Kentucky in 2012 and has worked at Asbury University and Georgetown College, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Campbellsville University. Her current research is based on the way in which perceptions and stereotypes are influenced by social structure and how those perceptions motivate people into action. She is also a co-investigator on a research project in human trafficking. In addition to her coursework, Carey has participated in Asbury College’s faith and culture series, was a faculty advisor for an anti-trafficking student group, and became actively involved with issues concerning LGBTQ Christians in a conservative Christian environment.

Christy Wade
Board Member
Christy is a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary where she completed her Masters of Divinity in 2012.  Christy has ministered ...read more.
Christy WadeBoard Member

Christy is a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary where she completed her Masters of Divinity in 2012.  Christy has ministered in various national and international contexts and has a heart for LGBTQ youth and young adult discipleship.  She has extensive experience working with those seeking to reconcile their faith and sexual orientations, and has worked as a Fellow in the Religion and Faith Department of the Human Rights Campaign, located in Washington, DC.  She participated in the inaugural Reformation Project, which seeks to transform church teaching on sexual orientation and gender identity. Christy serves as the editor of Owning Our Stories, a place where LGBTI people, their parents and friends can own their stories by sharing it with others. She also blogs about faith and sexual orientation and serves as a founding board member of LOVEboldly (2011-Present). Christy lives in Lexington, KY and is planning a wedding with her partner Sarah.

Eliel Cruz
Board Member
Eliel Cruz is a speaker and writer on religion, (bi)sexuality, and a culture critic. He reports regularly at The Advocate ...read more.
Eliel CruzBoard Member

Eliel Cruz is a speaker and writer on religion, (bi)sexuality, and a culture critic. He reports regularly at The Advocate and has a column on the intersections of faith, sexuality, and gender at Religion News Service. His work has also been found in the Huffington Post, Mic, Sojourners, Washington Post, Patheos, Everyday Feminism, DETAILS Magazine, Rolling Stone, VICE, and Slate. He’s the co-founder and former president of Intercollegiate Adventist Gay-Straight Alliance Coalition, an organization that advocates for safe spaces for LGBT students at Seventh-day Adventist colleges. He has a BBA & BA in International Business and French Studies from Andrews University.

Heidi Weaver-Smith
Founder & President
Heidi is the founder/president of LOVEboldly and has been hosting dialogues with traditionally-minded Christians and the LGBT+ community for the ...read more.
Heidi Weaver-SmithFounder & President

Heidi is the founder/president of LOVEboldly and has been hosting dialogues with traditionally-minded Christians and the LGBT+ community for the past nine years. Compelled by Christ’s interactions with marginalized folks in the Gospels and disturbed by the stories of LGBT+ friends who had been treated poorly by Christians, Heidi founded LOVEboldly in 2011. Heidi has a B.A. in Media Communications from Asbury University and attended Asbury Theological Seminary from 2011-2013, completing coursework towards an M.A. in Marriage and Family Counseling. Through her leadership of LOVEboldly, Heidi empowers the LGBT+ and Christian communities to step towards loving one another boldly, and engage with dignity and civility in the polarizing conversations surrounding faith and sexuality. Heidi travels and speaks around the country at conferences, universities, and seminaries on the intersection of faith, sexuality, and gender identity. She lives with her husband, Steven, and her dog Malcolm in Cincinnati, OH.

Jenell Paris
Board Member
Jenell Paris is Professor of Anthropology at Messiah College in Grantham, PA. She is author of The End of Sexual ...read more.
Jenell ParisBoard Member

Jenell Paris is Professor of Anthropology at Messiah College in Grantham, PA. She is author of The End of Sexual Identity: Why Sex is Too Important to Define Who We Are (IVP, 2011) and Courageous Leadership in Sex/Gender Conflicts (Cascade Press, 2016).

Mary Dunn
Board Treasurer
A graduate of University of Kentucky in Business Administration, Mary has served a variety of churches, nonprofit organizations and small ...read more.
Mary DunnBoard Treasurer

A graduate of University of Kentucky in Business Administration, Mary has served a variety of churches, nonprofit organizations and small businesses by providing financial accounting and reporting. Additionally she received a Masters of Theology from Liberty Bible College in Pensacola, Florida.  Mary currently lives in Woodstock, GA with her wife, Brenda, where she practices “body ministry” through providing massage therapy.

Matt Steinruck
Board Member
Matt is a creative professional and ministry volunteer in Downingtown, PA. Most recently, his passions merged while leading an innovative ...read more.
Matt SteinruckBoard Member

Matt is a creative professional and ministry volunteer in Downingtown, PA. Most recently, his passions merged while leading an innovative program designed to shift the perceptions of the Bible in culture. At its heart (and his) is teaching people with differing views to have better conversations about issues that matter.  Matt is a husband, foster dad, drummer, tech nerd and creative thinker.

Nate Collins
Traditional Community Liason, Board Secretary
Nate is a New Testament PhD candidate, and is studying the construction of gendered identities in Greco-Roman antiquity and in the ...read more.
Nate CollinsTraditional Community Liason, Board Secretary

Nate is a New Testament PhD candidate, and is studying the construction of gendered identities in Greco-Roman antiquity and in the Pauline tradition. Nate is also a gay man who maintains a traditional Biblical ethic on sexuality. He lives in Louisville, KY with his beloved wife, Sara, and their three sons. He is also the author of a forthcoming volume from Zondervan Academic entitled All But Invisible: Exploring Identity Questions for Gay, Lesbian, and Other Same-Sex Attracted Christians. Nate is passionate about helping pastors and their congregations have theologically balanced, well-informed conversations about gender and sexuality.