PFOX Plans Safe Exit Summit for October
Dr. Michael Brown to Present at Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays’ Annual Conference; Registration Now Open
For Immediate Release
July 15, 2015
Deborah Hamilton, Hamilton Strategies, 215.815.7716, 610.584.1096, ext. 102, or Beth Harrison, 610.584.1096, ext. 104, Media@hamiltonstrategies.com
RICHMOND, Va.—Registration is now open for the third annual Safe Exit Summit, a two-day conference co-hosted by Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX, www.pfox.org), the nation’s leading advocacy organization that offers love and support to families and friends of individuals with unwanted same-sex attractions and gender confusion.
The Safe Exit Summit is set for Oct. 2-3, 2015, following September’s Ex-Gay Awareness Month, in Washington, D.C. The event will feature a legislator education day on Capitol Hill for those interested in visiting their legislators in support of ex-gays and individuals with unwanted same-sex attractions. Friday, Oct. 2 will feature a time of praise as well as a viewing of the video “Such Were Some of You” and testimony by Stephen Black. On Saturday, Oct. 3, Dr. Michael Brown will speak, along with numerous expert speakers who will address several issues.
“The Safe Exit Summit is a wonderful opportunity for families and friends of ex-gays to come together for support, resources and awareness about the serious issues that ex-gays face,” said PFOX Executive Director Regina Griggs. “This is a chance to honor ex-gays and their families, as well as show support and love to the family members and friends whose lives have been affected by a homosexual or gender-confused loved one.”
Several top-name speakers will be featured at the 2015 Safe Exit Summit, including Dr. Brown, widely considered to be the world’s foremost Messianic Jewish apologist. Since coming to faith in 1971 as a 16-year-old, heroin-shooting Jewish rock drummer, Brown has devoted his life to fostering awakening in the Church, sparking moral and cultural revolution in society, raising up gospel laborers for the nations and reaching out to his own Jewish people.
Brown is the host of the nationally syndicated Line of Fire radio broadcast, the president of FIRE School of Ministry, and a professor of Bible and Hebrew Studies at several leading seminaries. He has preached in more than 25 nations and is the author of 25 books and numerous scholarly and popular articles. He has debated Jewish rabbis, agnostic professors and gay activists on radio, TV and college campuses. Read more about Michael Brown at askdrbrown.org or view his columns for The Christian Post.
Several other speakers will also be featured at the Safe Exit Summit:
- Rev. Stephen Black has worked in pastoral-care ministry as an ordained minister in the local church and with International Ministerial Fellowship for over 25 years with First Stone Ministries. He teaches in the local church, serves the Body of Christ in one-on-one pastoral care discipleship, weekly support group sessions and public speaking, and helps to provide freedom conferences and seminars.
- Dennis Jernigan, who will lead a special time of worship at the conference, is known primarily for his worship music, and his songs have been sung widely by the Body of Christ since the early 1990s. He has written hundreds of songs and authored many devotional and self-help books, fantasy novels and children’s stories. He shares his story of leaving a homosexual identity through his music and is convinced that with God, nothing is impossible.
- Rich Wyler is the founder and director of People Can Change, a nonprofit, peer-led support and educational organization of men who seek to resolve, diminish or make peace with their unwanted same-sex attractions. He is also the founder and co-creator the life-changing “Journey Into Manhood” experiential personal growth program and has compiled the book, “Then & Now: How My Sexual Attractions Have Changed.”
- Christopher Doyle is a licensed professional psychotherapist and co-founder of Voice of the Voiceless. He is also the Director of the International Healing Foundation, a non-profit organization that since 1990 has helped thousands of individuals and families struggling with sexual orientation. As a published author and expert in adolescent sexual health, as well as a former homosexual, Doyle has spoken to international audiences and had his work published in numerous outlets.
- Jayson Graves 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. His experience comes from working with youth, in community mental health and men’s ministry, and he has also worked with couples, individuals, young adults and teens in private practice. Graves is the founder and director of the international telephone counseling ministry Healing for the Soul.
- Ben Spratling was once exclusively attracted to other men. Raised Southern Baptist, he was confused by what he was taught in church about his feelings. But he pursued change for his attractions, a journey that took 11 years. Today, he believes that Biblical religious principles are the foundation for the United States of America and wants to see religious rights protected. He’s committed to the Recently Straight project—a web-based TV show reenacting the stories of men who have changed from gay to straight.
According to Griggs, research, along with the personal experiences of ex-gays like those featured at the Safe Exit Summit, has shown that homosexuality is not innate and that change is possible. Visitors to www.pfox.org can also listen to personal stories of ex-gays who share about their lives and their decision to change.
Griggs added that thousands of men and women with unwanted same sex attractions and gender confusion make the personal decision to leave their homosexual lifestyle and identity, and seek support and help from churches in their journey. Churches interested in finding out more about Safe Exit, a program that offers resources and expert speakers to help them open their doors to the ex-gay community and those struggling with same-sex attractions and gender identity confusion, can visit www.pfox.org/safe-exit/.
The mission of Voice of the Voiceless is to defend the rights of former homosexuals, individuals with unwanted same-sex attractions and their families, while supporting the faith-based community and working to defend the constitutional rights of all people to share their views of homosexuality in the public forum. Equality and Justice For All is the only civil rights organization to further the general welfare of the ex-gay community by promoting fair and equitable laws and policies protecting their rights. By furthering individual self-determination and liberty for former homosexuals, the group strives to reduce bigoted representations of the ex-gay sexual orientation status and works to ensure that ex-gays and their friends and families can be open, honest, safe and respected in a diverse society.
PFOX is a national non-profit organization that supports families and educates the public on sexual orientation and the ex-gay community. PFOX supports an inclusive environment for the ex-gay community and works to eliminate negative perceptions and discrimination against former homosexuals by conducting public education and outreach to further individual self-determination and respect for all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation.
PFOX believes that every person seeking positive life change needs the love and support of family, friends, the community and the church and strives to offer a place for help, a place for truth, and a place for ex-gays to participate in the conversation about same-sex attraction. PFOX families love their homosexual child unconditionally, believing that unconditional love between them and their child is based on treating each other with kindness and respect. Each year, men and women with unwanted same-sex attractions make the personal decision to seek help in overcoming a homosexual identity through gender-affirming programs, including counseling, support groups, faith-based ministries and other non-judgmental environments.
Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays is a 501(c)(3) national non-profit organization with a mission to support families and educate the public on sexual orientation and the ex-gay community. PFOX is committed to supporting parents and friends of homosexuals who want help, hope and community, and exists to provide education and resources. PFOX works toward understanding and acceptance of the ex-gay community.
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