From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - View original article
Alan Manning Chambers (born February 21, 1972) is the president of Exodus International, headquartered in Orlando, Florida. Before coming to Exodus, Chambers served on the pastoral team at Calvary Assembly of God, one of the largest churches in Orlando.
Chambers is actively involved in promoting policies that in his view preserve and protect traditional marriage and the family. He testified before the Massachusetts state judiciary committee on same-sex marriage. He is also a member of the Arlington Group, a coalition working to pass legislation against same-sex marriage.
Chambers says that he has mostly overcome his attraction to men (although he does speak openly about his own ongoing sexual attraction to men); however, he rejects the term ex-gay. He is married to Leslie Chambers and has two adopted children. He travels extensively and is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer at conferences, churches and college campuses. He has debated at many university campuses, such as the University of California at Berkeley, Pepperdine University and Reformed Theological Seminary.
Prior to Exodus International's annual conference in 2012, Chambers stated, "I do not believe that cure is a word that is applicable to really any struggle, homosexuality included.... For someone to put out a shingle and say, 'I can cure homosexuality' — that to me is as bizarre as someone saying they can cure any other common temptation or struggle that anyone faces on Planet Earth." In July 2012 while appearing on NBC's Hardball, Chambers stated that he always believed the catchphrase, "Pray away the gay", to be a lazy stereotype and one that he never used, as it invalidates the nature of the complex issue surrounding homosexuality. Chambers went on to tell the host (Michael Smerconish), that he has same-sex attraction and for anyone to say he does not have temptations, or that he could never be tempted, or does not have same-sex attraction is not true.
He has been interviewed by numerous television, radio and print outlets across North America and Europe, including WORLD, TIME, ABC’s 20/20, MSNBC’s Buchanan & Press and ABC’s Nightline. His editorials have appeared in The Orlando Sentinel and The Boston Globe.
In 2011, WORLD named Chambers as their "Daniel of the Year," for his stance on Christian issues. Chambers was listed in Charisma magazine as one of the top Christian leaders who represent the future of the American church.