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Sam Allberry is an editor for The Gospel Coalition, a global speaker for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, and a pastor based in Maidenhead, UK.

Sam speaks and writes widely on issues of sexuality and identity. He also ministers as a Bible teacher and pastor, the author of several books; including Why Bother With Church?, James For You, and the bestselling Is God Anti-Gay? Sam is also a founding editor of Living Out -



Esly Carvalho is a Brazilian-American clinical psychologist. She maintained a practice in Dallas. Now she directs the TraumaClinic in Brasilia and trains EMDR professionals. She has trained more than 2000 EMDR therapists in Brazil. EMDR Ibero-America (EMDR IBA) was founded in 2007 and Esly served the first two terms as EMDR IBA president (2007-2013). She has helped bring EMDR to Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil, Panama, Venezuela, Cuba, Bolivia, and trained professionals in Portugal and Spain.

An international trainer and speaker, Esly has published books and articles about the use of EMDR and the integration of Psychodrama. She was responsible for founding the Psychodrama movement in Ecuador in 1990. She hosted the 7th Ibero-American Psychodrama conference in 2009, in Quito, Ecuador.




Joe Dallas is an author, conference speaker, and ordained pastoral counselor, helping people reclaim godly sexuality. He directs a Biblical counseling ministry for those dealing with sexual and relational problems, and with their families as well.  He received his Master’s Degree in Christian Counseling from Vision University, San Diego, CA and is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is also the author of the daily blog Joe Dallas Online.

Joe has authored six books on human sexuality from the Christian perspective, including Desires in Conflict, The Game Plan, When Homosexuality Hits Home, Five Steps to Breaking Free from Porn, The Complete Christian Guide to Understanding Homosexuality and his latest, Speaking of Homosexuality.




David Hazzard has been involved in and has facilitated various conversations within the PAOC related to human sexuality. He believes that, through the grace of Christ and the power of the Spirit, God transforms willing individuals, restoring the imago dei that each were originally designed to reflect.

David Hazzard is a member of the General Executive of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada, serving as the General Secretary Treasurer. Prior to this, David served on the pastoral staff of Kitchener Gospel Temple and Pickering Pentecostal Church. David then spent three years with the World Missions Division of the PAOC, teaching at Pan Africa Christian College in Nairobi, Kenya, also involved on the Leadership Team of Nairobi Pentecostal Church. Returning to Canada, he became senior pastor of Evangel Assembly in Edmonton. In 1994 he was invited as senior pastor of Queensway Cathedral. He was elected to the General Executive of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada in 1996.




Bryan Kliewer is the Director of Exodus Global Alliance. Exodus Global Alliance is both a local ministry in Toronto and a global ministry -,

Bryan Kliewer has been involved in Christian ministry both locally and internationally. His first step into ministry involved his family - his sister-in-law Pat Lawrence returned to faith in Jesus after leaving her faith to pursue gay life. His second step was volunteer support for a new ministry to gay men and women in Toronto founded by Pat Lawrence. Finding other ministries led to a connection with the Exodus movement. When Exodus Global Alliance was formed, Bryan's support moved from local ministry to the international work of Exodus Global Alliance. In 2008 Bryan was called to be the director of Exodus Global Alliance.  







Wilna van Beek is a speaker and the author of When Gay Comes Home - Learning to Build Bridges ( She has developed numerous resources available on her ministry website God Gazers – Bridge Builders Ministry ( She has been sharing her amazing story of redemption and transformation, after living a homosexual life for years. Wilna has been speaking with large audiences since 2009, equipping hundreds of pastors and leaders on the topic of homosexuality. She carries dual citizenship (Canadian/South African) and currently resides in Saskatchewan. She owns a very busy pet grooming business and considers her three wonderful dogs to be part of her family.