She is now married to a pastor in the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, but many years ago Rosaria Butterfield was living as a lesbian. She came out at the age of 28 while she was in graduate school and became an English professor. Eventually, she was tenured at Syracuse University.

After she wrote a newspaper article mocking Promise Keepers in a local newspaper, she got a curious response from a local pastor who asked her questions that stuck with her. In the midst of this, she had started research on the rise of the religious right. A colleague at the University urged her to contact the pastor and read the Bible to help her research along.

The pastor and his wife befriended her as she researched their lives and opened their home to Rosaria and they impressed her with their lifestyle. At the same time, she was reading the Bible for her research. Eventually, her reading the Bible for her research started to have an impact she hadn’t intended. It made her think about God and sin and how it all had to do with how she was living.

After awhile, she found she could no longer deny the truth that she needed Jesus Christ as Lord. She turned her back on her lesbian lifestyle and accepted the Lord. Rosaria then learned that the Christian life was about giving up a lot of things for the Lord’s sake and found out through the honesty of people in her church that everyone had struggles to work through, but the struggles and sacrifices were worth it. Her testimony is proof that God’s word is true and genuine and powerful enough to deliver anyone out of any type of sinful lifestyle.


Peter Saunders. Lesbian ‘queer theory’ feminist professor finds the Christian faith. Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013.

PHCvids. Interview with Rosaria Butterfield; January 11, 2013.