June 3, 2018 – Ryan Cassata

Posted on : May 31st, 2018 | By | Category: This Sunday's Service

This Sunday we are in for a really special service.  Ryan Cassata will be sharing some of his life story regarding his coming into awareness that he was not the gender assigned to him at birth.  As a teenage he began his gender transition and shared it very publicly so other youth could be empowered by his story.  He describes himself as a trans activist, singer, educator, teen advocate/educator and musician!

In addition to Ryan sharing his story, he will sing two of his own songs.  He wrote “Daughter” as a way to honor his father and their relationship, and he just wrote a new worship song, “Give You My Heart,” which he’ll sing as the offertory.  Ryan was just featured in Billboard magazine for his song “Daughter.”

And, as if that weren’t enough, Ryan also has a profoundly strong faith story.  This week he wrote to me and said, “I have pains in my life but I don’t suffer anymore. That is one of the many gifts that God has given me. Serenity. I feel God’s presence all the time. 24/7 now. I am never alone. I know that to my soul.”

Below is Ryan’s bio which I find unbelievably awesome for a 24 year old!

Ryan Cassata is an award winning singer-songwriter, actor, performer, writer and LGBTQ activist & motivational speaker based in Los Angeles. With features in Rolling Stone, Billboard Magazine, The New York Times, Buzzfeed, and The Daily News, Ryan has made the most of his young career, which started when he was just 13. 

As a musician with over 550 performances touring across the United States and internationally, including dates on the Van’s Warped Tour, SXSW and at the world’s biggest pride festivals, Ryan has been praised by The Advocate saying he’s a “Transgender singing sensation”, LOGO put him on the “9 Trans Musicians You Need To Get Into” list and Billboard Magazine put him on the “11 Transgender & Non-Binary Musicians You Need to Know” list. He has also been heard on Sirius XM Radio, BBC Radio 4 and other radio stations around the world.

In films, Ryan was the main focus in the award winning documentary “Songs for Alexis” which screened at such seminal film festivals as Frameline, Raindance, Toronto Hot Docs, and DOC NYC. His co-lead role in indie film “Collective: Unconscious,” which received praise from Rolling Stone Magazine & The New York Times, won him the “Best Breakout Performance” award by the Victoria Independent Film Festival. He has also been featured in several musical theatre productions including a workshop production with New York Stage & Film’s Powerhouse Theatre at Vassar. Ryan has a guest-star role on upcoming Facebook show called “Turnt” and has appeared in commercials, indie docs and even a Buzzfeed video.

He began his activism career at age 13 after joining “The Safe Schools Team” and gave dozens of public speeches near his hometown on Long Island at schools and conferences. He continues to give speeches all over the USA to continue to spread the message. He is the first recipient of the Harvey Milk Memorial Award, became the youngest keynote speaker to ever be selected for the largest transgender conference in existence, and has made appearances on several shows including The Larry King Live Show, and The Tyra Banks Show.

Ryan Cassata has written articles and/or poetry that were published in the Huffington Post, The New York Times, Original Plumbing Magazine, FTM Magazine, Rock The Pigeon Music Blog, and much more!

Currently, Ryan is in the final stages of editing his memoir and writing and recording a new album of original music as a follow up to his most recent full-band production album SHINE which is available on iTunes & Spotify.

Committed to educating through music and speech to wipe out ignorance, Ryan continues to share his inspiring message of hope & acceptance with numerous schools and universities across the country via his social media platforms and at venues across the nation.

Like I said, this will be one really special Sunday!



Galatians 3:23-28

The Apostle Paul proclaims:

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.


Now before faith came, we were confined under the law, kept under restraint until faith should be revealed. So that the law was our custodian until Christ came, that we might be justified by faith.  But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a custodian;  for in Christ Jesus you are all daughters and sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.






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