Statement by Mark Vega on behalf of Ignite Life Center and Unbound Conference

November 30th, 2018

In October 2012, Ignite Life Center served as an incubator and helped with the inception of God Adores You along with Waleska Soler, who was formerly an active member in our congregation and leadership. Our endorsement of the organization included the purchasing of the domain for the website, utilizing our media equipment for creative projects, sending a brigade from our church to march in the New York City Pride Parade, monetary support and overall organizational covering. Hence, Ignite Life Center holds the rights to any media taken with our equipment and by our staffed personnel.

Upon discovering that Ms. Soler’s theological position had evolved and only after meeting with Ms. Soler was it clear that the organization’s new position was gay affirming. As an evangelical church, we hold to a biblical sexual ethic and abide by the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman. Equally as important is our position to continue to strongly advocate on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community against discrimination, hate crimes, denial of medical benefits and methods like conversion therapy.

It is for this reason we stand to be a bridge of hope, advocacy and God’s love between the church and the LGBTQ+ community. Consequently, the Unbound Conference will continue to vociferously train, equip and empower the church to holistically love the LGBTQ+ community the way Christ did.

— Rev. Mark Vega