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Friday, June 08, 2012
Saint Paul, MN
One of the most popular aspects of our Freedom Conference has always been the testimonies shared in our General Sessions. Along with the testimonies shared in this years' General Sessions, we have added theJourney workshop track. Invited guests will been given an extended time to share their personal testimony from unique perspectives. This workshop track will provide an intimate setting with an extended period of time to answer questions.
Stephanie Goeke has been married to her husband, Mike, for over 17 years, and they have three children. Stephanie and Mike direct Cross Power Ministries, which helps couples who face the issue of homosexuality within their marriages. (Journey Track)
Vicki Hansen has been married to Joel Hansen for 39 years. She is the mother of three and grandmother of four. Joel and Vicki are both originally from Iowa and currently attend the National Community Church in the DC area. Exodus has continued to be part of their support as a parent of a lesbian daughter for the last 14 years. (General Session)
Melinda Holloway is the Exodus Church Association contact at Crossroads Church in Hammond, LA, where she leads a discipleship ministry called True Freedom for those impacted by homosexuality. Melinda also serves on the staff at Crossroads Church as Children's Minister. (General Session)
Ethan Martin has been journeying out of homosexuality since 2003. He hasobtained his M.A. degree in Counseling from Liberty University. Ethan specializes in areas of sexual brokenness and addiction. Ethan Martin has been featured on 'Our America with Lisa Ling' and the Gayle King Show on the Oprah Winfrey Network. (General Session)
Rev. Bob Ragan is the director of Regeneration of Northern VA. He coordinates Living Waters, SALT, and other support groups in the DC metro area. He has ministered on 4 continents and is an ordained Vocational Deacon in the Anglican Church. Bob served 9 years on the Exodus International Board of Directors. (Journey Track)
Jill Rennick is the Director of The Grace Place (formerly Broken Yoke Ministries) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Having grown up as a believer who struggled with same-sex attractions, Jill has the desire to help equip the body of Christ to minister the grace and truth of God to those impacted by homosexuality. (Journey Track)
Brenna Kate Simonds is the Director of Alive in Christ, an Exodus member ministry at Park Street Church in Boston. She is a speaker, singer/songwriter, and author working on multiple projects including her blog, Living Unveiled, and a book entitled, Learning to Walk in Freedom. She has been learning to walk in freedom from same-sex attraction, disordered eating, self-injury, self-loathing, and chronic low self esteem for 13 years. (Journey Track)
Jay Stone is currently on the Board of Restoration Path in Memphis, Tennessee where he lives with his wife, Robin, and their two sons, Jamison and Garrison. His personal journey, along with his years of experience counseling others with SSA, give him a unique voice among Christ followers.(General Session)
Chris Stump is a graduate of University of Kentucky and serves on staff atExodus as Executive Assistant to the President. In addition to this role he manages and writes for the ministry blog. He has spoken at various youth events sharing his testimony of leaving a gay identity in college to pursue Christ. He is currently finishing up his first novel. Chris is also serving as the Young Adults Refuge Leader at the conference. (Journey Track)
Alan & Denise Taylorare the parents of a son with same-sex attraction. They have walked this journey for 11 years and together they lead a support group for parents in Southern California. Alan is Senior Vice President of Business Development for a green energy company. Denise is a homemaker.
Matt Volenec and his father Daniel Volenec had their relationship restored at an Exodus regional event. A testimony to God's power for forgiveness, their story brings hope and healing to families affected by homosexuality. (General Session)