Gay rights foe Lou Engle has called for the 'conversion' of talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, first reported.

Engle is a senior leader at the Kansas City-based International House of Prayer and is the founder of The Call, a Christian power-pray. He actively supported passage of California's gay marriage ban, Proposition 8.

Preaching last month at an event called the Winter Ramp held at the Chattanooga Convention Center in Tennessee, Engle urged participants to pray for DeGeneres' “conversion.”

“In revivals, God wants to bring forth notable and conspicuous conversions,” Engle told the crowd. “That's how he changes the minds of the masses. Come on, Ellen DeGeneres, let her get converted.”

The 52-year-old DeGeneres came out gay in a 1997 cover of Time and married actress Portia de Rossi in 2008 before voters approved Proposition 8.

“So many of your generation are falling to the lie [that] homosexuality is OK, should be legalized, marriage seems right,” Engle added. “Seems right until you understand that the throne of the Lord is built on righteousness and justice. Suddenly, we realize this is not a civil rights issue because the Lord is very clear on the issue of homosexuality.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

CORRECTION: This version corrects the error that Engle helms Skyline Wesleyan Church in La Mesa, California.