The Gospel Comes with a House Key



Rosaria Butterfield


June 21-22, 2019


Westminster Presbyterian Church
2151 Oregon Pike
Lancaster PA, 17601


Advance registration is now closed,
but you are welcome to register at the
event. Please join us!

Conference Description

Rosaria Butterfield is widely respected for her clear, biblical evaluation and response to the sexual issues of our day. She brings that same clarity to her discussion of outreach and interface between believers and their neighbors and community in order to exemplify and communicate the Gospel. Join us this June as she shares insights from her personal experience as both a recipient and a giver of “radically ordinary hospitality” and will help us understand how to build down-to-earth outreach ministry that meets both unbelievers and believers in the midst of their unique situations and spiritual needs.

The conference will include time for question and answer sessions, book signing, and an extensive bookstore offered by P&R Publishing. Join us June 21-22 for The Gospel Comes with a House Key as we seek to help the Church implement the admonition of John 20:21 “As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you” through radically ordinary hospitality.

Pastor and Church Leader Pre-conference 

Being ready to offer a Christ-reflecting and Gospel-based response within the sexual conversations and needs of our day is something that should be true of all believers. Pastors and church leaders are key in preparing their people to present and exemplify that content and ministry. 

Join us for an instructive session and a question and answer opportunity with Rosaria Butterfield who knows well both sides of these conversations. Her insights and approaches will encourage church leaders in preparing themselves and their people for truth-giving interaction with today’s culture.

This stand-alone event for pastors and church leaders has a separate registration fee of $15.00. Advance registration is now closed, but you are welcome to register at the event. Please join us!



Friday, June 21, 2019
1:00 p.m. Crucial Issues, Gospel Answers Pastor/Church Leader Pre-conference
5:30 p.m. Registration/Bookstore open
6:45 p.m. Prelude
7:00 p.m. Welcome and Announcements
7:15 p.m. The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert: Receiving Radical Hospitality, Rosaria Butterfield
8:00 p.m. Question and Answer Session
8:30 p.m. Break/Bookstore open
9:00 p.m. Book Signing

Saturday, June 22, 2019
7:00 a.m. Late Registration/Bookstore open
7:45 a.m. Welcome and Announcements
8:00 a.m. The Gospel Comes With a House Key: Providing Radical Hospitality, Rosaria Butterfield
8:45 a.m. Question and Answer Session
9:30 a.m. Break/Book Signing
10:30 a.m. Announcements
10:45 a.m. Intersectionality and Revoicing the Gospel: What Christian Hospitality Is Not, Rosaria Butterfield
11:30 a.m. Question and Answer Session
12:00 p.m. End of Conference

Speaker Biography

Rosaria Champagne Butterfield, a former tenured professor of English and women’s studies at Syracuse University, converted to Christ in 1999 in what she describes as a train wreck. Her memoir The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert chronicles that difficult journey. Rosaria is married to Kent, a Reformed Presbyterian pastor in North Carolina, and is a homeschool mother, author, and speaker.

Raised and educated in liberal Catholic settings, Rosaria fell in love with the world of words. In her late twenties, allured by feminist philosophy and LGBT advocacy, she adopted a lesbian identity. Rosaria earned her Ph.D. from Ohio State University, then served in the English department and women studies program at Syracuse University from 1992 to 2002. Her primary academic field was critical theory, specializing in queer theory. Her historical focus was 19th century literature, informed by Freud, Marx, and Darwin. She advised the LGBT student group, wrote Syracuse University’s policy for same-sex couples, and actively lobbied for LGBT aims alongside her lesbian partner.

In 1997, while Rosaria was researching the Religious Right “and their politics of hatred against people like me,” she wrote an article against the Promise Keepers. A response to that article triggered a meeting with Ken Smith, who became a resource on the Religious Right and their Bible, a confidant, and a friend. In 1999, after repeatedly reading the Bible in large chunks for her research, Rosaria converted to Christianity. Her first book, The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert, details her conversion and the cataclysmic fallout—in which she lost “everything but the dog,” yet gained eternal life in Christ.

Rosaria’s second book, Openness Unhindered: Further Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert on Sexual Identity and Union with Christ, addresses questions of sin, identity, and repentance that she often encounters during speaking engagements. She discourages usage of the term “gay Christian,” and she disputes “conversion therapy,” in part because heterosexual sin is no more sanctified than homosexual sin. Her heart’s desire is for people to put the hands of the hurting into the hands of the Savior, who equips us to walk and grow in humility.

Rosaria's third book, The Gospel Comes with a House Key:  Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in our Post Christian World, blends memoir and theology to warmly invite readers into her home, sharing from her life and experience how "radically ordinary hospitality" can allow strangers to become neighbors, and by God's power, those neighbors can be part of God's family. 

Rosaria is zealous for hospitality, loves her family, cherishes dogs, and enjoys coffee.


There are no hotel room blocks for this event; however, we can recommend the following hotels:

Best Western Premier Eden Resort & Suites
222 Eden Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601
1.1 miles from the church

Hawthorn Suites By Wyndham
2045 Lincoln Highway, Lancaster, PA 17602
5.8 miles from the church

Hilton Garden Inn Lancaster
101 Granite Run Dr, Lancaster, PA 17601
2.9 miles from the church