As a young man, Josh McDowell considered himself an agnostic. He truly believed that Christianity was worthless. However, when challenged to intellectually examine the claims of Christianity, Josh discovered compelling, overwhelming evidence for the reliability of the Christian faith. After trusting in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, Josh’s life changed dramatically as he experienced the power of God’s love.
In 1961, Josh joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ International. Not long after, he started the Josh McDowell Ministry to reach young people worldwide with the truth and love of Jesus.
Well known as an articulate speaker, Josh has addressed more than 25 million people, giving over 27,000 talks in 125 countries.
David Kinnaman is the author of the bestselling books Good Faith, You Lost Me and unChristian. He is president of Barna Group, a leading research and communications company that works with churches, nonprofits, and businesses ranging from film studios to financial services. Since 1995, David has directed interviews with nearly one million individuals and overseen hundreds of U.S. and global research studies. He and his wife live in California with their three children.
Pastor Jacob Aranza and his wife Michelle are founders of Our Savior’s Church and Aranza Outreach and have raised five strong boys and one beautiful daughter. Through Aranza Outreach, Pastor Jacob has spoken to over 5,000,000 young people around the world. He is a best selling author with five books in print and has shared ministry with Billy Graham, Focus on the Family and Campus Crusade. He is also a former chaplain for the New Orleans Saints. In addition to these things, Pastor Jacob and Michelle bring oversight to over twenty flourishing churches.
Steve Arterburn is the founder and chairman of New Life Ministries and host of the #1 nationally syndicated Christian counseling talk show New Life Live! heard and watched by over 2 million people each week on nearly 200 radio stations nationwide, on XM and Sirius Satellite radio and on the NRB television network. Steve is also the host of New Life TV, a web-based channel dedicated to transforming lives through God’s truth. Steve is the founder of the Women of Faith conferences attended by over 4 million people. He also serves as a teaching pastor in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Steve is a nationally and internationally known public speaker and has been featured in national media venues such as Oprah, Inside Edition, Good Morning America, CNN Live, The New York Times, USA Today, US News & World Report, ABC World News Tonight, and ironically inGQ and Rolling Stone magazines. Steve has spoken at major events for the National Center for Fathering, American Association of Christian Counselors, Promise Keepers Canada, Life Well Conferences in Australia and The Salvation Army to name a few.
Steve is a best-selling author of books such as Every Man’s Battle, Healing Is A Choice and his latest books, The 7-Minute Marriage Solution, The Book of Life Recovery, Is This The One? and recently co-authored Worthy of Her Trust with Jason Martinkus. With over 8 million books in print he has been writing about God’s transformational truth since 1984. He has been nominated for numerous writing awards and has won three Gold Medallions for writing excellence. Along with Dr. Dave Stoop, he edited and produced the #1 selling Life Recovery Bible.
His speaking topics address issues common to leaders, adult men and women, including Every Man’s Battle, Lose it For Life, The 7-Minute Marriage Solution, Every Heart Restored, and Healing is a Choice. Steve’s ministry endeavors focus on identifying and compassionately responding to the needs of those seeking healing and restoration through God’s truth.
Steve has degrees from Baylor University and The University of North Texas as well as two honorary doctorate degrees and is currently completing his doctoral studies in Christian counseling.
Steve resides with his family in Fishers, Indiana.
Dr. Struthers’ lab research interests are in the neural mechanisms that underlie behavioral arousal and the processing of novel environments. His research employs the use of stereotaxic surgery, immunochemistry, and behavioral manipulations to investigate gene expression in the cingulate cortex and basal ganglia.
He is actively involved in the Wheaton College Animal Care and Use Committee and has served as the chair of the Institutional Review Board, committees which oversee the ethical treatment of animals and human subjects in research. His professional memberships include the Society for Neuroscience, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience, Association for Psychological Science, and International Neuroethics Society. He recently received a grant from the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, an interdisciplinary research enterprise based at St Edmund’s College, Cambridge University (UK) to examine uses and abuses of neuroscience research in society. Dr. Struthers has also been named a Visiting Research Fellow to Biola University’s Center for Christian Thought in 2014 for his work on the impact of sexual exploitation on spirituality, and is part of the Oxford Interdisciplinary Seminars in Science and Religion: Bridging the Two Cultures of Science and the Humanities.
Dr. Struthers married his wife in 1993 and they have been blessed with three children. Dr. Struthers was born in Chicago but grew up in northwestern Pennsylvania. He is an avid fan of all Pittsburgh sports teams (Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates), J.R.R. Tolkien’s writings, and Battlestar Galactica. When he finds time he enjoys reading comic books, supporting Arsenal in the Premier League, and listening to The Call, Joe Satriani, and U2.
Donald L. Hilton, Jr. M.D. graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biology from Lamar University, and cum laude with a medical degree from the University of Texas, where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He was trained as a neurosurgeon at the University of Tennessee, and is a clinical associate professor of neurosurgery at the University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio.
Dr. Hilton speaks nationally and internationally in the field of minimally invasive spinal surgery, and has published book chapters, peer-reviewed journal papers, and developed techniques widely used in this subspecialty. He is currently listed in Best Doctors in America, and as a Texas Super Doctor and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.
Dr. Hilton also publishes and speaks on the subject of pornography and sexual addiction. He and his wife received the “Guardian of the Light” award from the anti-pornography organization Lighted Candle Society in 2008, where Dr. Hilton gave the keynote address, “Pornography and the Brain: Understanding the Addiction.” He authored the book He Restoreth My Soul, which explores the effects of pornography on the brain, along with spiritual paradigms of healing. His publications on the subject include
- Pornography Addiction: A Neuroscience Perspective. Surgical Neurology International, manuscript in press, Donald L. Hilton Jr., MD, Clark Watts, MD, JD.
- Slavemaster: How Pornography Drugs and Changes Your Brain. Salvo Magazine.
- Hagelin: Addiction to Porn is Real, Destructive. Washington Times
- “As a Swallowed Bait: How Pornography Addicts and Changes the Brain.” BYU Law School, “Stand for the Family” Symposium.
He and his wife, Jana, are the parents of five children and have three grandchildren.
Dr. Ted Roberts served as a USMC fighter pilot and platoon leader, flying close air support missions. In 1970, Ted Roberts met Jesus Christ in a bunker while under a rocket attack in Vietnam. Ted eventually finished his tour in the Marine Corps Squadron VMA-311. Upon returning to the United States, Ted served as a safety officer and flight instructor in Training Squadron VT-21 and attended Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.
In 1976 the Lord suddenly and unexpectedly changed the course of Dr. Ted’s life by calling him into ministry. Having graduated with honors in math and astrophysics, Ted earned his Master’s Degree at Asbury Theological Seminary and Doctorate from Western Conservative Theological Seminary. Dr. Ted has served in numerous ministry leadership positions that include; Founder and Clinical Director of Pure Desire Ministries International, Academic Dean of a bible college, and for 23 years Senior Pastor of East Hill Church in Gresham, Oregon. Under Dr. Ted’s leadership, and in one of the most unchurched areas of the country, East Hill Church grew to over 7,000 members.
In 2007 Dr. Ted stepped away from the pulpit to engage in a new battle and to commit his time and energy to the development of Pure Desire Ministries International. This time around, the battle is for sexual purity and healing in the church. Dr. Ted has authored 12 books that include the bestseller, Pure Desire and the addiction recovery manual titled Seven Pillars of Freedom.
Dr. Ted is a certified sex addiction and multiple addiction professional. He worked closely with IITAP (International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals) and Dr. Patrick Carnes to create an officially recognized designation for pastors (PSAP) who work in the field of sex addiction treatment. Dr. Ted’s current roles include Clinical Director, Pure Desire Ministries International, conference speaker, and writer.
In 2013 Dr. Ted hosted and was co-writer for the educational video series titled Conquer Series. The series also earned a highest recommendation for video documentary from Christian Film Database.
Presently, Dr Ted continues to write. His current work is the development of a relapse prevention manual. Ted and has wife Diane counsel pastors and leaders from around the nation who are trapped in sexual bondage. The couple also travels the world declaring the freedom and grace of Jesus Christ.
Dr. Ted and Diane reside in Gresham Oregon and where they enjoy time with their two adult children and four grandchildren.
Mary Anne Layden, PhD, is a psychotherapist and Director of Education at the Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the Director of the Sexual Trauma and Psychopathology Program and the Director of the Social Action Committee for Women’s Psychological Health.
She co-authored the book Cognitive Therapy of Borderline Personality Disorder with C. Newman, A. Freeman and S. Morse. She has written numerous chapters on Cognitive Therapy especially on treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. She has co-authored a chapter with Linnea Smith called “Adult Survivors of the Child Sexual Exploitation Industry” in Cooper, S. et al (Eds) Medical, Legal, & Social Science Aspects of Child Sexual Exploitation: A Comprehensive Review of Pornography, Prostitution, and Internet Crimes.
The National Center on Sexual Exploitation is dedicated to changing policies that facilitate sexual exploitation, educating the public about the wealth of social harms that emerge from the production & consumption of pornography, and leading the movement to address the public health crisis of pornography that has been created through unchecked sexual profiteering. As president, Patrick Trueman spearheads efforts to change corporate policies that facilitate sexual exploitation through the Dirty Dozen List. This aggressive project, educates executives, galvanizes public attention, and spurs popular actions to defend human dignity. Under his leadership, NCOSE has produced policy improvements at a wide range of notable institutions, including Google, Wal-Mart, the Department of Justice, Verizon, the Federal Communications Commission, and more.
In 2015, Mr. Trueman established the NCOSE Law Center, which serves as a resource for legal efforts to combat illegal pornography, sexually oriented businesses, and to bring innovative lawsuits against public institutions facilitating sexual exploitation. In 2010, he founded PornHarmsResearch.com to provide peer-reviewed research and talking points on the harms of pornography.
On a global level, Mr. Trueman leads NCOSE’s Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation, an international coalition, which boasts nearly 300 organizations and academic experts who are committed to sharing strategies and resources for combating public & private harms caused by pornography.
Patrick Trueman is a former Chief of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Criminal Division at the U. S. Department of Justice from 1988 to 1993. While there, he supervised the prosecution of child sex crimes, child pornography, and obscenity. He managed an office of twenty of prosecutors and support staff, and worked with the nation’s ninety-three United States Attorneys to coordinate federal prosecutions.
During his 37 years as a lawyer, he litigated cases at all levels of the federal system, including in the United States Supreme Court. He has been an advisor to many municipalities on First Amendment law and has helped draft ordinances to end or curb the impact of sexually oriented businesses such as pornography shops, strip clubs, and related establishments. A recognized international expert, Mr. Trueman has traveled to Europe, South American, the Middle East, and other areas to speak about human trafficking or the effects of television sex and violence on the family.
Mr. Trueman served as chief of staff to a Member of the United States Congress. From 1976 to 1982, he was Executive Director and General Counsel to Americans United for Life, a national public interest law firm in Chicago. He lives just outside Washington, D.C., and is married to Laura Clay Trueman. Laura and Pat Trueman have three children, Patrick, Claire, and Elizabeth.
Dawn Hawkins is a passionate defender of human rights who has dedicated her life to fighting against societal harms that threaten the dignity of others. Her energy, creativity and mobilization skills have revived the anti-pornography movement.
As Executive Director of National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE), Mrs. Hawkins has developed a national strategy uniting conservative, women’s rights, child advocacy and religious groups, including a bipartisan political leadership, to work together raising awareness of the pandemic of harm from pornography. Her initiatives have lead to sweeping policy changes of policies that foster exploitation for targets such as Google, Hilton Worldwide, Verizon and the Department of Defense. Through her leadership, NCOSE has grown a network reaching hundreds of thousands of people all over the world. Mrs. Hawkins has appeared on many local and national television programs, including Fox & Friends, CNN and Good Morning America. She regularly authors articles and speaks around the country addressing the harms of pornography and all forms of sexual exploitation and what can be done to curb the growing public health crisis resulting from pornography
Dawn regularly volunteers for organizations devoted to helping children and the homeless. She is a graduate of Tufts University and currently resides with her husband, Michael and two children in Virginia.
As a researcher, author, historian, and teacher, Judith Reisman has focused on pornography as a pandemic, addicting men, women and children. She has also focused upon exposing Dr. Alfred C. Kinsey’s fraudulent sex science research and education. She has served as a consultant to four U.S. Department of Justice administrations. Her book Sexual Sabotage evaluates Dr. Alfred C. Kinsey’s research, and how it reshaped America’s sexual ethos, sending it into a negative trajectory.
Fr. Sean Kilcawley graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1996 with a BS in Middle East Foreign Area Studies. After serving for three years as an Infantry Officer in the U.S. Army he entered St Gregory the Great Seminary in Seward Nebraska as a pre-theologian for the Diocese of Lincoln, NE. Fr Kilcawley earned a Masters of Divinity and a STB from St Charles Borromeo Seminary in 2005 and then served the diocese of Lincoln for four years as a High School teacher of religion and parochial vicar. In 2013, Fr Kilcawley completed an STL (summa cum laude) at the John Paul II institute for marriage and family in Rome. He currently serves as Diocesan Director of the Office of Family Life and Evangelization for the Diocese of Lincoln. He also serves on the board for the Integrity Restored network.
Jayson Graves, M.MFT, husband of Susan and father of Selah Rae & Asabella, is a Christian Psychotherapist specializing in Sexual Addictions Recovery and unwanted attractions. He enjoys helping his clients from both a clinical and personal frame as a person in recovery himself.
While receiving his Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University, the bulk of his experience has come from working with youth, in community mental health and men’s ministry. Since then, Jayson has enjoyed working with couples, individuals, young adults and teens in private practice. His passion is to see people set free from sexual addictions, unwanted attractions and other relational struggles through forgiveness, reconciliation, accountability, faith and purity.
Jayson is the founder and director of the international counseling ministry Healing for the Soul, providing therapy and groups all over the telephone, including his first original idea: Teleconference Recovery Groups for men, for wives and for teens in recovery worldwide. He’s also served as the National Program Director and speaker for New Life Ministry’s “Every Man’s Battle” seminars, speaker for Focus on the Family conferences, and host of both “The Blazing Grace Show” radio program and SkyAngel Network’s “PurePassion” TV program.
Jessica Harris is the founder of Beggar’s Daughter, a ministry dedicated to walking with women who have an addiction to pornography. Telling her own story of porn addiction and struggle with lust, Jessica seeks to help other women find hope, healing, and grace. Jessica shares resources and insights from her own journey on the Beggar’s Daughter blog and occasionally travels and speaks on the topic of female lust addiction and how churches can minister to women who struggle. She resides just outside of Washington DC where she works as a teacher and serves on the Biblical counseling team in her church. She is the author of Love Done Right: Devos – A Journey From Lust into the Love of God.
Kenny Luck is currently the Leadership Pastor at Crossline Church in Laguna Hills, California. He was previously the Men’s Pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California from 1997-2014 and is an expert in the field of men’s issues.
He is also the Founder and President of Every Man Ministries, which helps churches worldwide to develop and grow healthy men’s communities with the goal to end child abuse and fatherlessness, and protect women and children.
He has authored and coauthored 21 books, including Every Man, God’s Man, Every Young Man, God’s Man, and the Every Man Bible Studies from the best-selling Every Man Series.
He is a featured contributor to Christian Post, Charisma Magazine, Christian Mingle, Rick Warren’s Ministry Toolbox, New Man Magazine, Men of Integrity, The Journal, and Young Believer Magazine.
Vicki Tiede is an inspiring Bible teacher, conference speaker, and author. Her passion is to open the Scriptures with women in order to share God’s grace and enduring faithfulness. She transparently relates life experiences that resonate and draw others into a lifelong pursuit of knowing God.
Vicki’s candor and humor are a delight to her audiences, who feel like they’ve met a new friend moments after she begins to share a glimpse into her life. She consistently points her audiences back to God’s Word and presents fresh insights into the Scriptures.
Living in Rochester, Minnesota, Vicki is a wife, homeschooling mom, and the coordinator of women’s ministries in her local church. Vicki holds Master’s degrees in Ministry and in Education.
Ron is the president and CEO of Covenant Eyes. Ron has a BS and an MS in Geology from The Ohio State University and attended the University of Michigan as a PhD candidate. Ron pioneered the concept of Accountability Software, founding Covenant Eyes in the spring of 2000, and today the software has more than 130,000 subscribers in over 100 countries. Ron is also the founder of Nehemiah Ministries, a 160-acre retreat and counseling center in south-central Michigan for pastors and missionaries.
Dr. Doug Weiss is a Licensed Psychologist and the Executive Director of Heart to Heart Counseling Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is also the President of the American Association for Sex Addiction Therapy (AASAT). As Director, he maintains a number of counselors, support groups, and 3 and 5 day intensive workshops. He is a frequent guest in the national television, radio and print media, and a prolific writer on marriage, addiction and self help topics pertaining to intimacy in marriage, single hood, men’s and women’s issues, and recovery from addiction. He has been free from sexual addiction for over 20 years and is using what he knows to help people find and walk in freedom for the rest of their lives.
Donna Rice Hughes, President and CEO of Enough Is Enough® (EIE), is an internationally known Internet safety expert, author, speaker and film producer. Since 1994, she has been a pioneering leader on the frontlines of U.S. efforts to make the Internet safer for children and families by implementing a three-pronged strategy of the public, the technology industry and legal community sharing the responsibility to protect children online. This strategy has been adopted by industry and governments worldwide.
Under her leadership, EIE created the Internet Safety 101® Program with U.S. Department Of Justice. She is the Executive Producer, and host of the Internet Safety 101® DVD series which was reformatted into the Internet Safety 101 ® Television Series for PBS and earned an Emmy Award.
She has given more than 4,000 media interviews on the topic, testified numerous times before Congress, and most recently won 2013 Women In Technology Award for Social Impact and the 2014 Professional Women in Advocacy Excellence In Advocacy Award for “Veteran Practitioner”.
Dr. Sean McDowell, an Assistant Professor in the Christian Apologetics program at Biola University, is a gifted communicator with a passion for equipping the church, and in particular young people, to make the case for the Christian faith. He has spoken for organizations including Focus on the Family, the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, Backyard Skeptics, Cru, Youth Specialties, Hume Lake Christian Camps, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Association of Christian Schools International. He is also the author, coauthor or editor of over 18 books.
Michael is the founder and CEO of BraveHearts, a mentoring-centric ministry that’s helping men find freedom from habitual sexual sin. He has appeared on ABC’s 20/20, Good Morning America, The View, CNN, CNBC, Fox News, and other national and local media. Michael is the founder of BraveHearts, a ministry dedicated to equipping parents and ministry leaders with the tools and training they need to help build and restore sexual integrity in their families, the church, and culture.
Clay Olsen is a passionate filmmaker, marketer, and entrepreneur born and raised in Northern Utah. He has been a part of starting several successful companies over the years. He finds the most fulfillment in helping others which is why he left a growing company he started to co-found Fight the New Drug with a few likeminded friends. Since then they’ve been featured on ABC Nightline, ABC News, NPR, Al-Jazeera, CNN, The Dr. Drew Show, and many more. Clay has presented to over 300 schools and tens of thousands of teens all over the country. He passionately feels that education is the most powerful weapon to combat the influence of pornography in our society.
Bernie Anderson is a pastor, and author of the book Breaking the Silence: A Pastor Goes Public about His Battle with Pornography.
In 2003 God brought about a powerful transformation in his life by breaking a long-time secret addiction to pornography while he served in full-time pastoral ministry. Prompted by a desire to help others and to call attention to porn’s devastating impact Bernie now openly shares his story.
Bernie is a known speaker on the problem of pornography and travels regularly to speak to groups in the US and abroad. He has been interviewed by Focus on the Family, Fox News’ On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, the Associated Press, Newsweek magazine, and ABC World News Tonight.
Bernie graduated with a Theology degree from Southwestern Adventist University, and a Masters of Divinity degree from Andrews University. Bernie is married to Christina, and they are raising three daughters: Madison, Brooklyn, and Liberty.
Jay Dennis has been the senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Lakeland, Florida, since February, 1996. Since his arrival, the church has experienced phenomenal growth and has been featured in Growing Churches magazine, Christianity Today, and Billy Graham’s Decision Today Radio Program. Under Dr. Dennis’ leadership First Baptist outgrew their facilities and moved services several times from the downtown sanctuary to the Christian Life Center in 1996, then to the Lakeland Civic Center in 1997, and finally to the 400,000 square-foot Lakeland Mall in 1998 located on 32 acres. Now known as First Baptist Church at the Mall, the over 9000-member congregation worships and ministers to the community of Lakeland, our great nation and the world. Pastor Jay’s passion is to lead the church to worship in two distinct styles at three times on Sunday morning’s and to develop discipled followers of Jesus through Connect Groups (Sunday School).
A Fort Smith, Arkansas native, he graduated from Ouachita Baptist University, Arkansas (B.A.); Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Texas (Masters of Divinity); and Fuller Theological Seminary, California (Doctor of Ministry). He has pastored churches in Texas and Oklahoma and is married to his best friend Angie. They have two grown children—their daughter Emily and her husband, Steven; their son Will, his wife, Julia, and their daughter, Crosby.
A popular conference and seminar speaker, Dr. Dennis has authored eight books: The Prayer Experiment (2001), Taming Your Private Thoughts (2002), The Prayer Experiment Lab Manual (2001), Dangerous Intersections (2004), Leading with Billy Graham: The Leadership Principles and Life of T.W. Wilson (2005), The Jesus Habits (2005), Our Hardcore Battle Plan: Joining in the War Against Pornography (2013), and Our Hardcore Battle Plan for Wives: Winning the War Against Pornography (2013). In 2007 he developed the Decision-Maker’s Bible with Tyndale House Publishers for Project Light which delivered the Bibles to the U.S. House of Representatives. At present he has multiple writing projects for future books.
Pastor Jay served as President of the Florida Baptist Convention (2001-2002) and President of the State Baptist Presidents of the Southern Baptist Convention. He was elected Vice-President of Florida Baptist State Board of Missions (1999-2004).Jay was elected President of the 1998 Florida Baptist Pastor’s Conference, was appointed to serve on the Evangelism Committee of the Baptist World Alliance by Dr. Billy Kim and has served on the advisory board of Christian Mingle and Believe.com.
Pastor Jay has a passion to lead men to live lives of moral purity. He has developed a ministry called Join One Million Men, which asks men inside churches of all denominations, to make a commitment to live a pornography-free life.
Luke Gilkerson is the author of several books for parents and families, including The Talk: 7 Lessons to Introduce Your Child to Biblical Sexuality. He is also the author of many e-books for Covenant Eyes, including Coming Clean: Overcoming Lust Through Biblical Accountability. He and his wife blog at intoxicatedonlife.com.