Andrew Comiskey

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Andrew Comiskey is an American conservative Christian political activist and is the founder of Desert Stream Ministries, a former ministry of Exodus International.[1] He has written several books based on his experience with avoiding homosexual relationships and behaviors, and gives seminars to those who wish to be free from such relationships and behaviors.[2] He is considered to be a prominent ex-gay leader,[3] and has appeared as a guest on The 700 Club.[4]


Comiskey started a support group for ex-gays at the Vineyard Santa Monica; with the encouragement of the pastor, Comiskey started his own ex-gay organization called Desert Stream Living Waters Ministries. In 1981, Comiskey became a pastor in the Vineyard Christian Fellowship. Later, Comiskey and Desert Stream would move and become part of Vineyard Anaheim, but this association finished when he moved to Kansas City.[5] In the following years, Comiskey continued his work as a pastor and leader of Desert Stream Living Waters Ministries. Comiskey cites Leanne Payne as a major influence. Comiskey gives seminars on restoring whole relationships and avoiding homosexual relationships and behaviors and has written four books on the subject; Comiskey's Pursuing Sexual Wholeness became one of the most popular books on the topic.[6] Comiskey and his wife now have four children.[7] In April 2011, Comiskey converted to Roman Catholicism.[8] This conversion was controversial among the Protestants that used his material and Living Waters International decided that Comiskey would no longer continue on as a member of the board.


  • Freeing the Homosexual, Desert Stream Ministries, 1988, ISBN 0-88419-225-3
  • Pursuing Sexual Wholeness: How Jesus Heals the Homosexual, Charisma House 1989, ISBN 0-88419-259-8
  • Crosscurrent, Desert Stream Press, 1999, ISBN 1-930159-04-8
  • The Kingdom of God & the Homosexual, Desert Stream Ministries, 2000, ISBN 1-930159-02-1
  • Strength in Weakness: Overcoming Sexual and Relational Brokenness, InterVarsity press 2003, ISBN 0-8308-2368-9


  1. ^ "Exodus: Letting Go, Hope Rising". 
  2. ^ Hendricks, Tyche (2007-02-18). "Demonstrators protest 'ex-gay' seminar". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  3. ^ Besen, p.52. Retrieved 2012-08-18. 
  4. ^ The 700 club: GUEST BIO - Ex-Gay Encourages the Church to Welcome the Sexually Broken, Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN)
  5. ^ "Media of spotlights for February 27, 2004". Exodus International. Archived from the original on December 9, 2004. 
  6. ^ Schmidt, Thomas (1995). Straight & Narrow?: Compassion & Clarity in the Homosexuality Debate. Downers Grove, Ill: InterVarsity Press. p. 157. ISBN 0-8308-1858-8. 
  7. ^ Life & Times Transcript 05/13/04,, 13 May 2004
  8. ^ "Details Concerning My Conversion to Catholicism". Andrew Comiskey. 2012-01-19. Retrieved 2012-08-18. 


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