Exodus president Alan Chambers has just notified members that Alan Medinger has passed away. Medinger was once himself executive director of Exodus International, and president of ex-gay ministry Regeneration. Medinger was an established figure in ex-gay circles. He authored the familiar title Growth Into Manhood and believed that homosexuality was a disordered condition which could be healed.
In an article written for Exodus in 1995, Medinger wrote:
Homosexuality took form out of our response to pain — most often the pain of rejection, abuse, or low self-esteem. The patterns of behavior and thinking that led to our homosexuality were patterns of self-protection from these pains. Having experienced pain early in life, we became determined never again to allow ourselves to be in a position where the painful experiences could be repeated.
This is basically reparative theory as championed by Joseph Nicolosi. In another article (PDF), Medinger wrote:
We don’t choose homosexuality, but I am convinced that most of us made wrong decisions—often sinful decisions — that set us on the path towards developing same-sex attractions.
And as XGW writer Emily K has written, Medinger left the Episcopal Church in part due to their opposition to the evangelizing of Jews.