Co-Spokesperson Tim Tennant-Jayne: RIP

Tim Tennant-JayneTim Tennant-Jayne:
Affirmation Co-spokesperson Dies

"There are some people that I can sit in silence with a know I have been in the presence of God. Tim Tennant-Jayne was one of those people. Thank you for your quiet, powerful presence. You have taught me much and it has been my privilege to know and love you. Go with God, dear friend." -- Lyn

"I am weeping at learning that Tim Tennant-Jayne has passed away. I can't even adequately express my anger at the United Methodist Church that these saints are passing away without getting to see the change they tirelessly worked for. How many years do they/we have to be dead before an official apology? Tim and Bill made it possible for me to survive the last General Conference. I will greatly miss Tim's fierce and gentle soul. My condolences to all who loved him." -- Joy

"God has welcomed Tim as the U M C never would. The word 'saint' describes Tim better than any. My heart is heavy." -- Diane

"He touched so many lives for the good and the UMC is in a better place today for his ministry. We have lots more work to do before we reach the place that Tim and God would have the UMC to be in today's world." -- Deen



Tim Tennant-Jayne


Timothy Weston Tennant-Jayne, June 3, 1955 - January 5, 2014. Pilgrim; pastor, student, community worker. His humor and wit were matched only by his attentiveness and generosity. Tim's life devotion was the advancement of human rights.

He was an ordained elder in the Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and a co-spokesman for Affirmation: United Methodists for LGBTQ Concerns. He received his Doctor of Ministry, visual arts within Christian worship, from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, Minneapolis.

Tim will be remembered for his magnitude of charitable endeavors, including his establishment of Legends Street Ministry and his work with The Advocates for Human Rights and the Rural AIDS Action Network.

He was a longtime activist for LGBTQ rights. A true friend to all, Tim was a conduit of light and love, known for his compassion, nonjudgmental ear and ready wit.

He will be greatly missed by his partner, Bil Ingram; son, Alex Tennant-Jayne; mother and father, Weston O. and Betty L. Jayne; brother, Robert H. Jayne, and the countless others he touched.

Memorial services for Tim were held January 18 at John Wesley United Methodist Church in Hagerstown, MD, and Saturday, January 25 at All God's Children Metropolitan Community Church, 3100 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, MN.

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to Affirmation, P.O. Box 1021, Evanston, IL 60204 or online:

Interview from "Why do you stay?" "This is my church."

His place of work remembers him

Contextual Christianity Blog Remembrance

Tim's Facebook Page

Tim's D.Min. Project: "A Resource Integrating Visual Elements in Our Worship"