theologically progressive - open & affirming



Rev. Kerry Kirtley 

Pastor  (she, her, hers), and co-founder of Touchstone Community Church

    Pastor Kerry Kirtley was born and raised in San Antonio, sharing her younger life with seven siblings. Her life in Boerne began in 1987 when she married her life partner, Paul Kirtley. She and Paul have been raising their seven children in the Boerne community ever since.
    Kerry has seen Boerne grow from small town to bursting at the seams as her family also grew to include three grandchildren with more on the way.
    Over the past decades, Kerry devoted time to family faith formation and Christian education at a local church. This devotion grew into an awareness of harmful practices and discrimination within the community and church toward God’s people on the margins which includes LGBTQIA+ people and their families.
    The harmful and deadly disconnect led her, Rev. Billie Watts and others to start a chapter of PFLAG (Parents & Friend’s of Lesbians and Gays), a national advocacy and support group.
    Kerry's heart to share the good news of Jesus Christ for ALL people led her to seminary where she graduated from Perkins School of Theology in May, 2018 with a Masters of Arts in Ministry with an emphasis  on Social Justice and Theology.
Kerry raised her family with harmful discriminatory practices in the faith communities in she served, was called with passion to speak prophetically of the inclusive love of God for ALL people.
    In 2019, her work with PFLAG led to a Pride Walk of solidarity in Boerne followed soon by a worship gathering of the faithful.
    Each step along the way provided another stepping stone to overcome the stumbling blocks for an affirming faith community for God’s beloveds.
Kerry often says “God  knew exactly what she was doing when she placed two women in Boerne Texas to minister to a community while raising their families.”
A safe place to be In community and within family, growing in God’s love, means everything to Kerry. Touchstone Community Church has been God’s vision for a long time. A place of belonging and becoming for all beloveds.
    Kerry is passionate about relationship and connection and authentic faithful living. At Touchstone you will often hear, “we are keeping it real!”

Rev. Billie Watts

Retired, and co-founder pastor of Touchstone.

    Billie graduated from Perkins School of Theology at SMU. Her advocacy  for the LGBTQIA+ community of people is one her passion. Pastor Billie no longer pastors at Touchstone. She retired from ministry on August 31, 2021.