A Midland, Michigan mother says a
pastor who recently resigned after he was caught looking for sex on
Grindr told her gay son that he's going to hell.
Gay blog Queerty on Monday published
screenshots of Matthew Makela, an associate pastor at St. John's
Lutheran Church and School in Midland, soliciting sex from another
man on Grindr, a dating app for gay and bisexual men. Makela, a
husband and father of five, has since resigned from his post.
pastor who compared being gay to alcoholism caught looking for sex on
Kish told WNEM that Makela told her then 17-year-old son Tyler
that he was going to hell because he's gay. The message left Tyler
depressed and considering suicide.
“If he's going to hell for being gay,
then he might as well go to hell by committing suicide,” Kish said.
Queerty said it outed the pastor
because of his opposition to gay rights.