Westmont’s Student-Run LGBTQ Nonprofit Looks Outward: Spectrum Ministries Welcomes Queer Christian Youth on Campus

Earlier this month, Westmont College students filled the auditorium at the First Congregational Church on State Street for the Spectrum Ministries launch party. Founded two years ago by three friends — then sophomores Donald Scherschligt, Maddie Coates, and Brynn Mitchell — in part to make gay friends after Scherschligt came out as the first openly gay student at Westmont, Spectrum Ministries is the first group for queer students at the interdenominational Christian college’s Montecito campus. Originally intended to raise awareness about LGBTQ students at Westmont, to educate the college’s community about LGBTQissues, and to provide a safe space for students to meet new friends and to come out, Spectrum recently achieved nonprofit status and is looking to integrate itself into the larger Santa Barbara community. more

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