Deb Tiemens enjoyed her time in college. It gave her the opportunity to be a leader, refine her craft as a musician and flourish. She was the success story of the students Northwestern College wanted to graduate. Not long after graduation, it was no surprise that she was selected to she was hired by the college as an admissions recruiter. After starting a relationship with another woman, she sought guidance on what to do as a lesbian. In her story, she shares the opposition and challenges she faced, how she found support and the amazing opportunity to reconnect to her faith and heal.
Deb Tiemens and I got to know each other in college. I am grateful for her gracious ability to share her personal coming out experience. Many are wounded in an environment of religious rejection. Amazingly, Deb was able to find a place of acceptance of those who rejected and tried to “fix” her and and a comfortable place in her spiritual life. Deb shares the importance of authenticity and the healing power of community.
Deb Tiemens is a gifted singer/song writer. Before and after the interview, she sings Friends of the Heart and A New Song to Sing. These songs were performed during her presentation to the Room for All National Conference. Her album, Muse, can be found at cdbaby.com/cd/tiemens on itunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/muse/id48760515.