Wednesday, November 19, 2008


In the many accomplishments of his career, perhaps had he done nothing else, his excellent book, Steps To Recovery From Bible Abuse would have placed him squarely on the map of being both a meaningful activist and liberator of all LGBT Christians and their families from the poor biblical exegeses that emanate from all too many pulpits throughout the world, and being a compassionate counselor to countless people struggling with their sexuality amidst tremendous discrimination because of the credibility given to homophobic clergy and other homophobic professing Christians. His book is liberating and engaging and I strongly urge you to read it, if you haven't read it already. It can be ordered from or by calling 301-926-1208. You'll be blessed!

The following is the obituary that was sent by the Metropolitan Community Churches regarding Dr. Truluck. May he rest in peace!

In Memoriam
The Rev. Dr. Rembert S. "Buddy" Truluck
Greenville, South Carolina, USA

Another leaf from the tree of this life gracefully falls into the arms of the everlasting...

The Rev. Dr. Rembert S. "Buddy" Truluck author, teacher, and former MCC pastor, peacefully departed this life on Friday, 14 November 2008 in Greenville, South Carolina at the age of 74.

Prior to his MCC ministry, he served as ordained clergy in the Southern Baptist Convention from 1953 to 1988. He served as pastor to local Baptist churches from 1953 to 1973. He also served as a professor at Charleston Southern University (then known as Baptist College at Charleston) during 1973-1981. For many years, he authored Sunday school curriculum that was used in over 37,000 local Southern Baptist congregations.

He was awarded the Doctorate of Theology from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. At the time of his passing, he was working on what was to be his latest book, "Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up."

During his time in ministry with Metropolitan Community Churches, he served as pastor of MCC churches in Nashville, Atlanta, and San Francisco from 1988-1996.

He was also the author of "Steps to Recovery from Bible Abuse" that served as the foundation for numerous local MCC congregations to build Bible study and sermon series from and contains lots of good Bible-based info; it was first published in 1997 by Chi Rho Press and quickly became their best selling publication.

He was born in 1934 in Clinton, South Carolina. He was the son of the late Rembert and Mary Frances Truluck, Sr. He leaves behind his sister, Jackque Warren (Ed); three children, Deborah Phillips (Tim), Russell Truluck (Peggy), Susan Truluck (Anna); grandchildren, Daniel Phillips and Ashley Truluck. Dr. Truluck also leaves behind a nephew, Forrest Cook (Carolyn); great-niece, Emma Frances Cook, Aunt Kitty and several cousins.

Let us carry with us the memory of his life and the impact of his ministry and hold his family and friends in our hearts and prayers as they remember and celebrate his life.

A memorial service will take place at Horseshoe Falls, South Carolina on this Saturday 22 November at 11 AM local time. For additional info, contact Buddy's son, Russell Truluck, at
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Anonymous said...

Dr. Truluck was the one who convinced me that God loves me the way I am when I was searching for answers as a 17-year-old gay Catholic. Thank you, Dr. Truluck.

Jerry Maneker said...

I'm so glad, Alesa. He helped countless numbers of Gay people, especially young Gay people, to see that God doesn't make any mistakes, and that the Bible has for too long been abused by ignorant haters who have heaped such condemnation on Gay people that untold damage has been needlessly inflicted on them and their families, and has poisoned the minds of countless other people. The message of God's grace has been totally lost on the legalists and perfectionists who have poisoned so many people's minds, and who have done inestimable damage to the credibility of the Christian faith. My very best wishes, Jerry.