Come to Atlanta!
Focus on the Family's next Love Won Out conference is scheduled for Nov. 4 in Atlanta, Ga. Please call
(800) A-FAMILY (232-6459) for more information, or sign-up online using our secure registration process.

Focus on the Family is promoting the truth that change is possible for those who experience same-sex attractions — a message routinely silenced today. We want people to know that individuals don't have to be gay and that a homosexual identity is something that can be overcome. That's why we've developed a one-day conference for those seeking answers on this often confusing and divisive issue. Whether you have a gay friend or family member, are an educator, pastor or concerned citizen — or even self-identify as gay — Love Won Out will inform, inspire and offer you hope. Love Won Out

teen A dynamic one-day conference on homosexuality that balances truth-in-love with grace and compassion.

At the Love Won Out conference, you'll hear from nationally known experts who have firsthand experience with the seldom-told side of the homosexual issue. You'll be equipped to minister in truth and compassion to a loved one who deals with same-sex attractions, respond to misinformation in our culture and defend biblical beliefs with grace and understanding. But mostly, you'll be encouraged by the power of God's love and His desire to transform the lives of those impacted by homosexuality and lead people into freedom in Jesus Christ. Come and experience the type of love that draws men and women affected by homosexuality into the arms of their Creator. You can expect to get answers to tough questions, like:
  • Are people "born gay"?
  • Is change possible?
  • How do I help my loved on who's gay?
  • I don't think it's right, so what do I do?
  • How should the church respond?
  • What's being taught in the schools?
  • What should I say to my children about it?
  • What about the gay agenda?
  • How will gay marriage affect our society?
Conference Speakers
Nancy Heche, D.Min.

Nancy Heche
As a single parent who experienced the international media rush during her daughter Anne Heche's highly visible relationship with Ellen DeGeneres, and a widow who endured her husband's diagnosis of and subsequent death from AIDS, Nancy brings a spiritual focus to the effects of homosexuality in a family. She holds a doctorate degree in pastoral counseling and has a private practice in psychotherapy specializing in communication and relationship issues with families, couples and singles. Her college courses and church seminars are highly valued for their compassionate and practical approach to some of the sensitive and painful issues of life. Nancy lives in Chicago and has three daughters and five grandchildren.
As a veteran and award-winning teacher, principal, public policy analyst and college professor, Dr. Carpenter brings a wealth of wisdom and skill to bear on his work with Love Won Out. He writes and speaks frequently on legislative and cultural issues in both popular media outlets and in academic venues. Dr. Carpenter currently serves as assistant professor of educational leadership in a major research university system. Dick M. Carpenter II, Ph.D.

Dick Carpenter
Joe Dallas

Joe Dallas
Joe is the program director of Genesis Counseling in Tustin, California. He currently directs a monthly five-day men's retreat on sexual purity titled, Every Mans' Battle. Joe is the author of several books, including the recently released When Homosexuality Hits Home. He has served as President of Exodus International and has spoken around the world on the issue of homosexuality. Joe has been a part of Love Won Out since its beginning in 1998. He and his wife have two sons and live in Orange County, California.
Melissa Fryrear serves as the Director of Gender Issues for Focus on the Family's government and public policy division. She is actively involved in public speaking, writing and educating Focus constituents on a wide range of subjects related to homosexuality. Prior to joining Focus, Melissa served as executive director of an Exodus-International Member Ministry in Kentucky. She continues to serve as the church affiliate representative for Exodus International. Melissa holds a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary. Melissa Fryrear, M.Div.

Melissa Fryrear
Mike Haley

Mike Haley
Mike Haley serves as manager of community education/mobilization for Focus on the Family's Community Impact Outreach division. Having been involved in the gay community as a teen and young adult, Mike offers firsthand insight into the causes of and recovery from the homosexual condition. He is the author of the book, 101 Frequently Asked Questions About Homosexuality. He is completing a masters degree in counseling, and has served as chairman of the board of Exodus International.
Dr. Nicolosi is the president and principal research investigator for the National Association of Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH). He is the author of several books, including Reparative Therapy of Male Homosexuality, Healing Homosexuality: Case Stories of Reparative Therapy, and A Parent's Guide to Preventing Homosexuality (co-authored with his wife, Linda). Dr. Nicolosi is the Clinical Director of the Thomas Aquinas Psychological Clinic in Encino, CA, where he specializes in the treatment of men with unwanted homosexuality. He is a licensed psychologist and a member of the American Psychological Association. He and his wife have one son and live in Thousand Oaks, California. Joseph Nicolosi, Ph.D.

Joseph Nicolosi
Alan Chambers

Alan Chambers
Alan Chambers is one of the nation's leading speakers on gender issues and is the president of the largest evangelical organization dealing with this topic in the world today — Exodus International. Alan's personal story as a teen and young adult who overcame unwanted homosexuality has inspired audiences around the world and he has been interviewed by ABC's "20/20," "Good Morning America," "Nightline," MSNBC's "Buchanan & Press" and Time magazine. He is the author of the recently published book God's Grace & The Homosexual Next Door: Reaching the Heart of the Gay Men & Women in Your World. Alan and his wife, Leslie, make their home in Orlando, Fla., and are the proud parents of a son and daughter.
Dr. Bill Maier is Focus on the Family's vice president and psychologist in residence. A child and family psychologist, Maier hosts the national "Weekend Magazine" radio program and the "Family Minute with Dr. Bill Maier." He is a frequent guest host for the daily "Focus on the Family" radio program and "Focus on the Family Commentary" and serves as a media spokesperson for Focus on a variety of family-related issues. Dr. Maier received his masters and doctoral degrees from the Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University. He is a regular contributor to Focus on the Family magazine and is co-author of the new book Marriage on Trial: The Case Against Same-Sex Mariage and Parenting (InterVarsity Press). Dr. Maier lives in Colorado Springs, Colo., with his wife, Lisa, and two children. Bill Maier, Psy.D.

Bill Maier
Upcoming Conferences

Nov. 4, 2006 - Atlanta, Ga.
First Baptist Church in Woodstock

Feb. 10, 2007 - Phoenix, Ariz.
Bethany Bible Church

April 14, 2007 - Omaha, Neb.
Trinity Church

Oct. 13, 2007 - Irvine, Calif.
Mariners Church

Nov. 3, 2007 - Indianapolis, Ind.
Traders Point Christian Church

To register and obtain a detailed schedule of classes for conferences, please call toll free (800) A-FAMILY (232-6459).
Comments from past conference attendees:

"When I first learned of my son's homosexuality, I felt I had nowhere to turn for answers. Thanks to Focus on the Family for providing me information."

"One thing I especially appreciated was hearing from former homosexuals. Anyone can give facts and figures, but honestly, if I want to learn how to build a house, I go see a carpenter."

"I was pleasantly surprised that this conference was not a platform for [the] right-wing political agenda. I have a very different opinion of Focus on the Family after attending this conference."

"Words cannot express how valuable this conference was to me! I am a very broken individual, and this has shed light on several areas in my life. I thought I was coming to learn how to 'defend my view,' but now I know God told me to come for my own personal benefit, for my own healing journey."

"As a pastor faced with this issue in my congregation, I left this conference with practical tools to reach those who are hurting."

"I was moved to tears by the testimonies . . . thank you for the practical ideas for dealing with and witnessing to the gay community."

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