Daniel Merk-Benitez

Vice President of Event Environment and Slide Advancement, The Youth Cartel

Topic: Helping Your Church Be Proactive with LGBT Issues

Session: Ministry to LBGT Teenagers


For 10 years, Daniel served as the Creative Director of a large evangelical church in San Diego County. During his time there, he helped the church cultivate its posture toward the LGBT community—both inside and outside. Two years ago, Daniel felt it was time to move on and pursue ministry and in a new way. So, he became an interior designer and embedded himself in his neighborhood, Hillcrest, San Diego—a community with a predominately LGBT population.