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An openly queer, ex-evangelical pastor explains his path to the Anglican priesthood.

Pip grew up in a conservative evangelical Christian community. From an early age, he knew he was gay. But as a pastor’s son, Pip believed that there would be great consequences for being queer — in this life and the next.

In the early 2000s, teenage Pip was placed in “reparative therapy” (sometimes referred to as “praying the gay away”). It didn’t work. In his early 20s, still struggling with failed conversion therapy, Pip chose to marry his best friend Kris (a woman) in an attempt to “fix” himself. After the birth of their second child, Pip found himself depressed and living life in an alcohol-fuelled blur.

Pip and Kris decided to divorce, but continued to live and raise their family together. When Pip came out as queer, he was asked to leave his church. He and Kris were also kicked out of their evangelical community. They lost many friends, Pip’s mental health spiralled, and Kris struggled to care for both Pip and their children.

But this was not the end of their journey.

Eventually, Pip returned to school to study in the Anglican tradition, a denomination with a growing number of progressive parishioners and clergy members. A few years later, Pip met Alex, a young filmmaker with no religious background, and they fell in love. Now, Pip, Alex and Kris all live together as one family: three parents, all playing equal roles, and two children.

In terms of his religious life, Pip found a new community where he became a priest in an Anglican parish. His sexuality, partnership and family are welcomed. Pip is breaking new ground by curating queer-focused events and services, like inviting drag queens and other LGBTQ activists to perform and take part in the church.

During the 2016 Synod election campaign, Pip advocated to allow same-sex couples to marry in the Anglican Church of Canada. He and Alex created advocacy videos that showcased queer Anglican families faithfully living their truth. To their delight, the vote passed. Pip and Alex were able to marry at their home parish, with Kris as their “brosmaid” and the full support of their community.

Devout + Out is a documentary series about openly LGBTQ church leaders. 

Credits (Click to expand)

Director
Alex Josselyn-Hamilton

Series Producer
Nicholas Bradford-Ewart

Co-Producer
Alex Josselyn-Hamilton

Director of Photography
Nicholas Bradford-Ewart

Editor
Alex Josselyn-Hamilton

Featuring
(in order of appearance)
Pip Josselyn-Hamilton
Kris Hamilton
Alex Josselyn-Hamilton

Production Manager
Sunita Miya-Muganza

Sound
Gus Harris
Dane Kelly

Dialogue and Effects Editor
Chris Russell
Re-Recording MIxer
Bret Killoran

Rental Equipment Services Provided By
Habibi Film Rentals

Colourist
Nicholas Bradford-Ewart

Titles and Motion Graphics
Alex Josselyn-Hamilton

Described Video and Closed Caption provided by
Capsule Media

Financial Services
Above the Line Media Services, Inc.

Legal Services
Stohn Hay Cafazzo Debroski Richmond LLP

Insurance
Knox Hutchison Entertainment Insurance

Music

ENDLESS UNIVERSE
Composed by James Dorman
Published by KPM APM

NIGHT OWLS
Composed by Dan Carney and Nathan Taylor
Published by Bruton APM

AIR
Composed by Sarah Herbert and Clint Gomez
Published by Purple Fox APM

WILLOW
Composed by Sarah Herbert and Clint Gomez
Published by Purple Fox APM

PREMIERE PRISE
Composed by Vincent Theo Leibovitz
Published by Cezame Metro Park

TOUS RISQUES
Composed by Vincent Theo Leibovitz
Published by Cezame Metro Park

NIMBUS
Composed by Cyrus Shahrad
Published by Purple Fox APM

ECHOES
Composed by Bob Bradley and Matthew Sanchez
Published by Bruton APM

LOSE CONTROL
(Instrumental version)
Composed by Nicolas Boscovic, Tom Hillock
and Jane Pujols
Published by Myma APM

CITY LIGHTS
(Instrumental version)
Composed by Jennifer Jordan, Nicolas Boscovic
and Tom Hillock
Published by Myma APM

Music provided by
© 2018 ASSOCIATED PRODUCTION MUSIC LLC

Special Thanks
Lindsay Bradford-Ewart
Ezra Bradford-Ewart
Anya Bradford-Ewart
Zoe Hopkins
Samy Inayeh
Sarah Jackson
Rev. Canon Dr. Dawn Davis
Rt. Rev. Kevin Robertson
Rev. Cheryl Palmer
Christ Church Deer Park
Trinity Anglican Church
Woody’s and Sailor
Red King Photography
Valerie Fredricks
Richard Hamilton
Julia Gellert
Amarya Hamilton
Joey Philpott
Sheldon Mcintosh
Kyle Miller
Priyanka Love
Sean Bator
Natalia Hicks
Deb Whalen Blaze
Philip Tetro
Ryan Ramsden
Nathan OLanday
Jana Stackhouse
Kevin Lowe
Jen Galicinski
Sallyanne Hadzalic

Produced with the participation of
Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit

Produced by Archipelago Productions

Produced in Association with
CBC

General Manager, Programming
Sally Catto

Executive Director, Documentary
Jennifer Dettman

Senior Director, Documentary
Sandra Kleinfeld

Senior Director of Production, Unscripted Content
Alexandra Lane

Executive in Charge of Production, CBC Docs
Lesley Birchard