The trauma and pain from my childhood, which was filled with physical and sexual abuse, led me into a series of broken lesbian relationships. Before I entered into a lesbian lifestyle, I had been a Christian and was engaged to be married. My fiancé was gone a lot, and I hated being alone, so I spent a lot of time with a woman from work. This interaction opened the door to my first sexual encounter with a woman, leading me away from God and my fiancé and into a life of lesbianism for 14 years.
Each time I tried to return to God, I felt pulled to hold onto that lifestyle. I even toyed with the idea of getting a sex change to make the relationships more “normal” but couldn’t bring myself to go through with it. I became so miserable that I started looking for other ways to fill the void in my soul, including drugs and eventually bulimia.
One October morning in a grocery store I encountered a woman who invited me to her church. I knew right then and there that our meeting was not a coincidence and that this was a new beginning for me. Through this encounter in 1998, God intervened in my life and called me out of the lesbian lifestyle. With the help of people at Maple Grove Assemblies of God in Minnesota, I never looked back. I had finally found what I was looking for. After living a lesbian lifestyle for 14 years, I found freedom through Jesus Christ.
In 2006, Janet Boynes Ministries was incorporated, with the mission of reaching those who are trapped in the struggle that I once found myself in, and on April 20, 2018, I was ordained as a pastor by the General Council of the Assemblies of God.