Fuller Theological Seminary
Nathan Brittsan lives in San Jose, CA. He identifies as gay. Nathan was an active participant in the Gay Christian Network, through which he found reconciliation between his faith and sexuality. He married his husband in their progressive Baptist church in 2016.
After completing his bachelor’s degree in philosophy, Nathan felt called to ministry, so he decided to attend Fuller Theological Seminary in the fall of 2017. Within just a few days of attending, he was expelled because of his marriage to his husband. The seminary had investigated Nathan after he attempted to change his name and email address in the student information system to reflect his legal married name. Despite many attempts to appeal, the expulsion stuck, leading Nathan into a depression.
He is now a seminiarian in residence at First Baptist Church of Berkeley and is enrolled in Berkeley School of Theology pursuing a M.Div. After graduation he will be eligible for ordination in American Baptist Churches in the USA.
“Fuller’s actions made me feel like a second-class citizen,” Nathan said. “They wanted to be rid of me as fast as possible and offered no love or grace. I am participating in this lawsuit in order to protect other LGBTQ+ people from having to go through what I experienced.” He is raising his voice to protect all LGBTQ+ students at Fuller Theological Seminary and religiously affiliated colleges across the country.