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Popular Speakers and Presenters
at Evergreen conferences, Firesides, and Workshops

  Doug and Kathleen Abrams. Doug has served as bishop and assists the advisor to the Salt Lake City (downtown) growth and accountability group. Kathy has served as Relief Society president and Achievement Day leader with Primary girls. They have two children.
  Starla Allen, M.A. is a nationally licensed Mental Health Counselor serving as a supervising therapist and Mental Health Professional at The Center for Counseling and Health Resources in Edmonds, WA. She completed her masters degree in clinical psychology. For five years, Starla was on the Executive Board of Directors of Exodus International. She also served as a staff member at Desert Stream Ministries. As the Director of Women's Ministries, she successfully built and maintained and outreach to women struggling with lesbianism, sexual abuse issues, sexual addiction, and emotional dependency. Her own testimony of her journey out of lesbianism has been published in several magazines. 

Keynote speaker at the 12th Annual Evergreen conference, September 13-14, 2002.

Lili DeHoyos Anderson, LCSW has a private practice in individual marriage and family therapy and teaches part-time for the BYU School of Family Life. She has published various books and journals, including a second-edition book about individual adjustment issues and marriage and family principles.

She and her husband, Christian B. Anderson, LCSW, are popular presenters at conferences and seminars. They are the parents of eight children and eight grandchildren. See www.lilianderson.com

Elder Merrill J. Bateman is a member of the Presidency of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was president of Brigham Young University from 1996 to 2003. He earned a bachelor's degree in economics at the University of Utah and his doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was the dean of the BYU School of Management from 1975-1979. Dr. Bateman also headed his own consulting and capital management companies and was an executive with Mars, Inc., in England and the United States.

Elder Bateman was called to the Second Quorum of the Seventy in June 1992, then called as Presiding Bishop in April 1994. In November 1995 he was called to the First Quorum of the Seventy and appointed BYU president. He began his presidency there on 1 January 1996.

General authority speaker at the 14th Annual Evergreen conference, September 18, 2004. Read his address "The Physical Body and the Power of the Atonement."

  Jeff Bennion is the founder and former group leader in Washington, DC and has served in support group leaderships. He is a graduate of the University of Utah with a degree in psychology. He works in real estate development and currently serves as a primary teacher in his local ward. He is a seasoned presenter and instructor, having led workshops, training sessions, and presentations to hundreds of people for more than ten years.
  Tanya Bennion has over 6 years of experience in Web design and development. She currently works for the design firm she founded, Kawa Design Studios. A lifelong member of the Church, she served a mission in Japan Fukuoka and has held numerous callings and volunteer positions that called upon her leadership, organizational, and presentation talents. She currently serves as a primary teacher in her local ward with her husband. She has a bachelor's degree in liberal studies from American University in Washington, DC.
  Periann Parks Beyers, LCSW, has a master's degree in marriage and family therapy. Perriann worked with LDS Family Services for 14 years and is now in private practice. Her specialties include same-gender attraction, addictions, abuse, and co-dependency issues. She is also a certified sexual addiction therapist. Periann has facilitated same-gender attraction groups for men and women for nine years and also works with spouses.
  Elder Bruce B. Bingham has been a partner with Hamilton Partners, Inc., a real estate development company headquartered in the Chicago, Illinois, area, since its inception in 1987. He is currently the managing partner in the Salt Lake office. Bruce has a master's degree in management from Northwestern University.

Bruce has served as a bishop, stake president, and an area authority seventy. Bruce also served on the Evergreen Board of Trustees.

  Bill Brown has a Bachelor's Degree from BYU and a Master's Degree in Counseling from Idaho State University. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor. After graduating from BYU, he taught release-time Seminary for seven years. He then worked for LDS Family Services, doing marriage, family and individual counseling, and casework for adoption and birth-parent services. He recently retired after 35 years of employment.

Bill's church service includes a mission to Indiana and Ohio, Bishop, high counselor and many teaching positions. He currently loves teaching the 12 and 13 year olds in Sunday school. Bill and his wife, Darlene, have been married for forty years and are the parents of six sons and two daughters.

  David W. Bush, PhD, a licensed psychologist, has worked at the Utah State University Counseling Center the past 18 years and also teaches for USU's Psychology Department. His focus has been on learning assessments, group process and sexual addictions. A former bishop, he has been singing with the Tabernacle Choir for the past 5 years.

Essential relationship training has been provided by his wife of 30 years, Cathy, and their eight children: Amy, April, Elijah, Cassie, Chelsea, Gabriel, Emily and Tasha. They are pleased to continue that learning process with five grandchildren; Zakia, Kaleolani, Jacob, Lydia, and Caleb.

Mike Buxton, PhD, was an Associate Clinical Professor at BYU's Counseling and Career Center, providing psychotherapy for students at BYU and also privately. He graduated from the University of Georgia, and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He and his wife Debbie are the parents of four sons. He formerly served on the Evergreen Board of Trustees.
 
A. Dean Byrd, PhD, MBA, MPH. Dr. Byrd is the President of the Thrasher Research Fund. He is a Clinical Professor at the University of Utah Medial School with appointments in Psychiatry, Family Preventative Medicine, and the Department of Family Studies. He received his doctoral degree from Brigham Young University. He holds two post-doctorates (one in Child and Family Psychology and one in Behavioral Medicine). He holds a master's degree in Business Administration (MBA) and one in Public Health. Dr. Byrd has authored four books, including Homosexuality and The Church of Jesus Christ, Mormons & Homosexuality: Setting the Record Straight, and more than 50 publications. He has held leadership positions with NARTH and is a former member of the Evergreen Board of Trustees.

Keynote speaker at the 11th Annual Evergreen conference, September 14-15, 2001, and at the 2nd Annual Evergreen conference, May 8-9, 1992.

Elder Douglas L. Callister was called to the Second Quorum of the Seventy in April 2000, after serving as bishop, stake president, mission president, seminary teacher, temple sealer, regional representative, and area seventy. He is a grandson of Elder LeGrand Richards. Elder Callister holds a Master of Laws Degree from Harvard Law School and practiced law for 36 years in Glendale, California. More biographical information.

General authority speaker at the 17th Annual Evergreen conference, September 22, 2007.

Mark Chamberlain, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice specializing in the treatment of sex addictions, substance abuse, eating disorders, domestic violence and other compulsive behavior. He is the author, editor or coauthor of four books including, Confronting Pornography, Willpower is Not Enough: Why We Don't Succeed at Change, and Wanting More: The Challenge of Enjoyment in the Age of Addiction. His work has included a variety of settings and roles including a psychologist for two intensive outpatient chemical dependency programs, trustee on the board of a domestic violence prevention agency, psychologist at a methadone clinic and training at the Utah State Prison with inmates in the sex-offender program.

Mark and his wife Jenny are the parents of five boys. He is currently serving as bishop of his ward in Layton, Utah. He has presented for Education Week at BYU and BYU-Idaho, the Association of Mormon Counselors and Psychotherapists, Evergreen International, and the Governor's Initiative on Families Today Conferences. To contact Mark, see www.turningpointi.com.

Alan Chambers is one of the nation's leading speakers on gender issues and is the president of Exodus International, the largest evangelical organization dealing with this topic in the world today. His personal story as a gay teen and young adult who overcame unwanted homosexuality has inspired audiences around the world and he offers unique insight into how this issue personally affects individuals and the broader culture. Alan has addressed public forums around the world and across the United States. Alan is a frequent guest on media outlets across the country and has been interviewed by Time magazine, ABC's 20/20, Good Morning America, Nightline, and MSNBC's Buchanan & Press. His writing has appeared in The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, The Orlando Sentinel and The Washington Times and he is the author of God's Grace & The Homosexual Next Door: Reaching the Heart of the Gay Men & Woman in Your World. In 2005, Charisma magazine named him among the top Christian leaders advancing the future of the American church. He and his wife, Leslie, make their home in Orlando, Florida and are the proud parents of a son and daughter. You can reach Alan through the Exodus International Web site or by calling 407-599-6872 or 888-264-0877.
  LeRoy Chambers has been involved with Evergreen since his son came to him over five years ago concerning his struggle with same-sex attraction. That experience initiated in Lee's life a period of emotional and spiritual growth. Since that time, Lee has both attended and served as the facilitator of the Ogden family and friends support group. For the past few years, he has also served as a facilitator of the support group for men in Ogden. Lee also serves on the Evergreen Board of Trustees.

He is employed in the Correlation Department of the Church, and has served as ward and stake young men's president, elder's quorum president, high priest group leader, and bishop. He and his wife Sherrie are the parents of 12 children.

  David Christensen is currently an instructor for BYU's Adult Religion program. A 40-year veteran of the Church Educational System, he retired a few years ago. He spent 20 years at the Salt Lake Institute of Religion adjacent to the University of Utah. He is a lecturer for BYU Department of Continuing Education, Know Your Religion Series, and Especially for Youth. Dr. Christensen received his bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees from BYU.

David has been Bishop, Stake President, and President of the Salt Lake City Mission. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Utah Special Olympics. He is married to his wife Pat and has four children.

Richard Cohen, M.A., is a psychotherapist, educator, and one of the leading experts in the field of sexual reorientation. He is the author of Coming Out Straight: Understanding and Healing Homosexuality and Gay Children, Straight Parents: A Plan for Family Healing, and Alfie's Home. Richard is the director of the International Healing Foundation, a non-profit organization which offers consultations/evaluations, teleconferencing classes, healing seminars, and speaking engagements. Cohen travels extensively conducting seminars on marital relations, communication skills, parenting skills, sexual reorientation, and healing from abuse and addictions.

Richard holds a master's degree in psychology and works in child abuse treatment services, family reconciliation services, general counseling, and support groups. As an expert in sexual reorientation therapy–both as a counselor and through his own personal experience transitioning from a homosexual to a heterosexual orientation–he has been interviewed by newspapers, radio and television media, including appearances on 20/20, Larry King Live, and The O'Reilly Factor. Richard and his wife have three children.

Keynote speaker at the 10th Annual Evergreen conference, September 15-16, 2000.

  William Consiglio is the founder and director of HOPE ministries of Connecticut. He is the author of the book Homosexual No More: Practical Strategies for Christians Overcoming Homosexuality. Dr. Consiglio provides support, education, and counseling.

Keynote speaker at the 4th Annual Evergreen conference, August 12-13, 1994.

Kenneth Cope is one of the most popular LDS-oriented musicians working today, and has released 11 albums in his 16 year musical career. He has been married to the former Kathryn Call for 19 years. They are the parents of two daughters. Brother Cope is a returned missionary from the Geneva Switzerland Mission and currently serves as a bishop in Salt Lake City, Utah. His most recent album, titled "Face to Face - Kenneth Cope Collection," was released in March of 2005.
Shirley Cox, DSW, received her MSW from Howard University and her DSW from the University of Utah. She is currently a professor of Clinical Social Work at Brigham Young University. Dr. Cox is a long-time supporter of Evergreen, having advised the growth and accountability group in Las Vegas and served for several years on the Evergreen Board of Trustees. She is the coauthor of the Evergreen Workbook for Men.
  Steven A. Cramer. For over twenty years, author Steven A. Cramer has worked to serve the cause of helping people overcome bad habits and addictions, feelings of defeat and worthlessness. After suffering more than 30 years of sexual addiction, he was finally led to the Savior and received the mighty change of heart described as being "born again." He has since authored ten books to help people find a way past their mortal limitations and receive the blessings of the grace and atonement of Jesus Christ. Each book testifies of the love and power of Jesus Christ and his infinite atonement to change our hearts and fallen natures and to set us free from every mistake and barrier that prevents us from fully experiencing the Lord's forgiveness and love. Some of the titles include: Conquering Your Own Goliaths, Putting on the Armor of God, The Worth of Every Soul, and In the Arms of His Love.

Keynote speaker at the 8th Annual Evergreen conference, August 21-22, 1998, and at the 2nd Annual Evergreen conference, May 8-9, 1992.

Joe Dallas is the founder and administrator of Genesis Counseling, a non-profit Christian counseling center in Orange, CA. He is the author of the book Desires in Conflict and has published articles in Christianity Today and other magazines. He is a past president of Exodus International, has lectured extensively on the Christian viewpoint of sexuality, and has presented on this view on several television programs. His wife Renee often assists him in aspects of his counseling and in speaking engagements.

Keynote speaker at the 5th Annual Evergreen conference, September 8-9, 1995; the 3rd Annual Evergreen conference, May 14-15, 1993; and the 1st Annual Evergreen conference, May 4-5, 1990.

  Bob and Gaye DeLange. They met on a blind date and were married the following year. Gaye worked as a registered nurse to put Bob through graduate school and to help raise their family of five boys and an adopted daughter (who struggles with same-sex attraction). Bob was a university professor and also struggled with same-sex attraction, unbeknown to Gaye until they had been married 38 years. Bob has found healing and peace in his life. He and his wife now serve as temple workers.
  Barry Dickerson has previously served on the Evergreen Board of Trustees, including Chairman of the Board, and continues to assist Evergreen with its annual financial filings. He works in the behavioral healthcare industry and his family lives in Salt Lake City.
Michael Dowdle began his professional career as a studio guitarist in 1979. Since then he has recorded thousands of sessions for artists and companies averaging approximately 250 sessions a year in all styles of music. He has also recorded three nationally released pop-jazz instrumental albums, three Christmas albums and eight albums of instrumental hymns and religious music. He continues to work on many new projects and is involved as an arranger and producer as well. Michael performs in various venues with many artists and really enjoys playing live. He feels very blessed to be able to make a living playing, composing and recording great guitar music.

Fireside speaker at the 18th Annual Evergreen conference, September 20, 2008.

George Durrant George Durrant received his bachelor to doctorate degrees from BYU. He has filled missions to England, Kentucky and Tennessee, Provo MTC, Toronto Canada, and to Senior MTC. His professional achievements include: seminary teacher, seminary curriculum worker, executive secretary for Family Home Evening and Home Teaching, Director of Priesthood Genealogy at Church headquarters, Professor of Religion at BYU, Instructor of Religion at Orem Institute, and Senior Consultant at the Covey Leadership Center. He has written many books, articles, and audiotapes, most of which have been on subjects relating to personal and family development. He and his wife, Marilyn, are the parents of eight children.

Keynote speaker at the 11th Annual Evergreen conference, September 14-15, 2001.

  Erin Eldridge is the author of the book Born that Way? First published in 1994, it was the first book about same-sex attraction published by Deseret Book. After spending many years struggling with same-sex attraction, Erin was able to overcome and finally find peace in her life. She is now married, and she and her husband are busy raising three children. Her experience with same-sex attraction, healing, and living the gospel, help make her an informative and inspiring speaker.

Keynote speaker at the 14th Annual Evergreen conference, September 17-18, 2004 and the 8th Annual Evergreen conference, August 21-22, 1998.

Dr. Sterling G. Ellsworth, Ph.D., has been a practicing counseling psychologist since 1964, with degrees from Brigham Young University and Michigan State University. He is presently in full-time private practice. He has taught at the University of Illinois, the University of Oregon, and Brigham Young University. Dr. Ellsworth has written several books, including Getting to Know the Real You, How I Got This Way and What to Do About It, and most recently Latter-day Plague, Breaking the Chains of Pornography Addiction.

Keynote speaker at the 15th Annual Evergreen conference, September 16-17, 2005.

Floyd Godfrey is a Certified Professional Counselor, and received his education from Arizona State University and Ottawa University. He has worked for many years with youth, adults, and families in a variety of mental health issues. He has special training to help those who struggle with unwanted sexual feelings and behavior. Floyd is the author of "Homosexuality: Symptoms and Free Agency" and also the audiotape program "Healing Homosexuality: Testimonies of Change."

Floyd is the founder of Adventure in Manhood, an experiential weekend for men and youth. Floyd received the Achievement Award 2002 from Evergreen International. He and his wife Kaleen have been married for 12 years and have three children.

Keynote speaker at the 14th Annual Evergreen conference, September 17-18, 2004.

  Barbara Goode and her husband, Rex, have raised their five children in Oregon. Each of their daughters has been sealed to their spouses in the Portland Temple. Two of their sons have served missions, one in the Philippines and the other in Ogden, Utah. Their third son is currently serving in Florida. They are the grandparents of two grandchildren. Barbara is a life skills trainer for developmentally-delayed adults. She has learned many truths about human nature–what motivates people to change and what keeps them stuck.
  Rex Goode is a life skills trainer and mentor in Oregon. He expects to complete his Bachelors degree in Social Work in 2006. He does personal and social skills training for developmentally-delayed adults, adolescent sex offenders, and gang-affected youth.
Dan Gray, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in addictions counseling. He has a master's degree in social work and is a CSAT (Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist). He is also certified as an addictions counselor with the National Association of Forensic Counselors. He maintains a busy private practice, lecturing regularly and providing training and consultation to numerous civic, religious, and professional organizations throughout the country. In addition, he is the clinical director of the LifeSTAR Network program (see www.lifestarnetwork.org), which provides help for individuals and couples from around the country who are dealing with problems related to sexual addictions and compulsive behaviors.

He recently co-authored the book, Discussing Pornography Problems with a Spouse: Confronting and Disclosing Secret Behaviors and the book Confronting Pornography. Dan is a former Evergreen Trustees and the founder of Wasatch Sports and Activities which provides experiential outdoor and therapeutic sports activities for individuals and groups. Married and the father of four, Dan also enjoys fly fishing, hiking, biking, and basically, anything outdoors.

  David Grimley has been a member of the Evergreen Board of Trustees for two years. He first attended an Evergreen conference in 1989, hoping to find help with his own issues. He states, "Evergreen saved my life". He has been married for 38 years and is the father of 3 adult children (second grandchild due next month!). He is a retired teacher, and is currently involved in work with senior citizens and the handicapped. In Church work, he has served in a bishopric and a High Council. For 6 years he has answered correspondence to Evergreen in Spanish, and has been instrumental in translating our documents into Spanish. Since 2000, he has managed the EvergreenEspañol online support group for Hispanic members who struggle with SSA, which now has 86 members in nearly all of the Spanish-speaking countries in this hemisphere, and Spain.
Elder Bruce C. Hafen 

Elder Bruce C. Hafen serves in the First Quorum of the Seventy. As a nationally-recognized scholar on family relationships, children, and education, Elder Hafen is convinced that “the Church's voice needs to be heard in today's world.” For the past 25 years, Elder Hafen, who earned a juris doctorate from the University of Utah and is a former dean of Brigham Young University's J. Reuben Clark Law School, has taught and written about family law and education. “Gospel perspectives on family life are desperately needed today,” he says, “in courtrooms, classrooms, and family rooms all over the world.”

In 1973, Elder Hafen helped establish BYU's law school. From 1978-1985, Elder Hafen was president of Ricks College. In 1989, he became provost at BYU, the number-two administrator at the university. During these years, he has always been a teacher-scholar, drawing increasingly on religious foundations for his scholarly and professional activities.

General Authority speaker at the 19th Annual Evergreen Conference, September 19, 2009.

Mike Haley. After 15 years of homosexual activity, Mike found freedom through Christ with the help of several friends. One of those friends, author Jeff Konrad, used letters exchanged with Mike to write the book You Don't Have to be Gay. Mike has worked with Love in Action helping others overcome homosexuality. He is currently the Director of the Gender Issues department at Focus on the Family.

Keynote speaker at the 4th Annual Evergreen conference, August 12-13, 1994.

Janelle M. Hallman is a licensed professional counselor specializing with women in conflict with same-sex attractions (SSA) and emotional dependencies. She consults with parents of young women with SSA and hosts experiential retreats for mothers of daughters with SSA. Janelle just released a groundbreaking book entitled The Heart of Female Same-Sex Attraction: A Comprehensive Counseling Resource. She teaches extensively on the issue of homosexuality, gender issues and Biblical sexuality at national and international conferences, seminars and churches. She is an adjunct professor at Denver Seminary and a former adjunct professor at Colorado Christian University. She is a former Board Member of NARTH and is currently an Exodus referral minister. She is also the founder and director of Desert Hope Ministries, a non-profit organization providing dynamic conferences on God's design for sexuality and gender. Janelle received her M.A. in Counseling with honors from Denver Seminary in 1995. She received a B.A. in Economics with distinction from the University of Colorado at Denver, 1985. She was selected for Who's Who of American Women in 2007 and was the Outstanding Graduate, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Colorado at Denver, 1985.

Keynote speaker at the 13th Annual Evergreen conference, September 12-13, 2003, and the 18th Annual Evergreen conference, September 19-20, 2008.

Jerry Harris received his doctorate in Counseling Psychology at the University of Pacific in California. He is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Utah and California. He is currently employed by LDS Family Services in Sacramento, CA and has been a director in the Provo and American Fork agencies in Utah, as well as worked at the Family Services headquarters office in the Training and Development Department.

Dr. Harris currently serves as vice president of NARTH. He has actively worked for over 20 years with males and females who struggle with same-sex attraction. Jerry is married to his wife Sue and has two children. He also served several years as branch president at the MTC.

  Phil Harrison served a mission to Germany and graduated from BYU with bachelor's and master's degrees in botany, then from the University of Georgia in Athens with a Ph.D. in botany. He is currently employed as a Plant Physiologist at the USDA in Logan Utah, researching plant storage carbohydrates.

Phil and his first wife, Kathy, led workshops for 15 years in the "Inner Peace Through Self-Mastery" program, an LDS adaptation of Recovery Inc., a cognitive therapy approach to emotional health. Phil and Kathy had five children together. In 1998 Kathy and Phil began attending the LDS Twelve Step meetings of Heart t' Heart. Following Kathy's passing, Phil married Colleen, author of He Did Deliver Me From Bondage and founder of Heart t' Heart. Phil serves as president of Heart t' Heart's General Service Board. He is the author of Clean Hands, Pure Heart: Overcoming Addiction to Pornography Through the Redeeming Power of Jesus Christ (see www.windhavenpublishing.com). Colleen and Phil have a combined family of 17 children and 17 grandchildren and live in Hyrum, Utah. You can write to Phil c/o Windhaven Publications, PO Box 31, Hyrum, UT 84319.

  Julie Haws received her bachelor's degree in accounting from BYU. She is a self-employed Certified Public Accountant in Rexburg, ID. Julie began attending Evergreen conferences in 1993, and has served on Evergreen's Board of Trustees for many years. She is currently Evergreen's vice-chairman. Julie has served in many music and teaching callings in the Church.
Elder Jay E. Jensen of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has served as President of the South America North Area, and as Director of Scriptures Coordination for the Church. He has had extensive involvement with missionary work, including a full-time mission to the Spanish-speaking people of Texas/New Mexico, president of the Colombia Cali Mission, and Director of Missionary Training at the Provo MTC where he also coordinated the training of missionaries in other training centers. He has worked with the Church Educational System training seminary teachers. Elder Jensen has a bachelors degree in Spanish and history, a master's in Church History and Doctrine, and a doctor of education from BYU. He and his wife Lonna have six children.

General authority speaker at the 7th Annual Evergreen conference, September 12-13, 1997.

Elder Marlin K. Jensen was named a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1989. He has served in the Utah Central Area Presidency, the North America Northeast Area Presidency, and as president of the Utah North Area. Elder Jensen has served as bishop and stake president and currently serves as Church Historian.

Elder Jensen previously practiced law in Ogden, UT, specializing in business and estate planning. He is a partner in a family ranching enterprise known as Jensens' Middle Fork Ranch. He received his bachelor's degree in German from BYU and his juris doctorate from the University of Utah Law School. He and his wife Kathleen are the parents of eight children.

General authority speaker at the 6th Annual Evergreen conference, September 13-14, 1996

Rod Jeppsen. After graduating from Brigham Young University with a degree in financial and estate planning and a minor in communications, Rod began training individuals to pass the national stockbroker's exam. Rod's ability to convey information in an interesting and effective manner is reflected in this book. Counseling personally with individuals one-on-one gave Rod sensitive insights and understanding regarding compulsive sexual behaviors. Rod has a master's degree in counseling from the University of Phoenix. He has a full-time counseling practice in Sandy, UT where he specializes in treating individuals with compulsive sexual behaviors.

Rod and his wife, Terry, live in South Jordan, Utah, and have three daughters. Rod is a family man who, along with his wife and daughters, loves outdoor activities such as snow and water skiing, hiking, traveling and cooking. He has served as a bishop and high councilor in the LDS Church and is currently first counselor in a young single adult ward.

Kristin Johnson is the Executive Director of OneByOne. She is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (MDiv), Columbia University (MA) and Anderson University (BA). She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Albania and worked for the US Peace Corps in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. She was a director at the Savannah College of Art and Design and an instructor at Boston University. A long-time Presbyterian, Kristin brings to OneByOne strong relational and administrative skills. She also has a strong biblical understanding of God's ability to transform a person's sexual brokenness, including her own.

Featured speaker at the 17th Annual Evergreen conference, September 21-22, 2007.

Pam Johstoneaux received her MSW from Brigham Young University in 1990. Following graduation, she began working half time at Mountainview Hospital in Payson, Utah, and half time at LDS Family Services in American Fork, Utah. In 1992, she began to work full time at LDS Family Services in Provo, Utah. She worked for two years as a contract therapist for the Center for Change. In addition, Pam earned an MA in comparative literature from BYU in 1970, so she teaches a writing class at BYU each semester. She currently works half time for LDS Family Services in Provo and half time for the School of Social Work at BYU. She specializes in treating relationship issues, boundary issues, abuse, and sexual addictions and sexually compulsive behavior.
Ardeth Greene Kapp is the former Young Women General President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She is a best-selling author and popular speaker. Sister Kapp serves on the boards of the Deseret Morning News and Utah Youth Village. She and her husband Heber reside in Bountiful, UT.

Speaker at the 9th Annual Evergreen conference, September 10-11, 1999.

Elder L. Lionel Kendrick was called to the First Quorum of the Seventy in April 1988. He has served as the president of the Dallas Texas Temple, president of the Florida Tampa Mission and president of the Asia North and Philippines Micronesia areas. Elder Kendrick served as a counselor in the Asia North, Utah South, North America Central, North America Southeast and North America Northwest area presidencies. Before his call as a General Authority, Elder Kendrick was a professor of health education and director of the Regional Training Center at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.

Elder Kendrick serves on the Evergreen Board of Trustees as a special liaison with the Church.

 

  Jeff Konrad author of the book You Don't Have to be Gay: Hope and freedom for males struggling with homosexuality or for those who know of someone who is. Jeff is a motivational speaker who speaks from his experience in overcoming homosexuality. His book is a conversational series of letters between himself and Mike, a young man who experiences unwanted same-sex attraction.

Keynote speaker at the 1st Annual Evergreen conference, May 4-5, 1990.

Sharon Green Larsen served as second counselor in the General Young Women Presidency. She was a member of the Young Women General Board, stake Young Women president, stake and ward Relief Society president, and Sunday School teacher. She has also been a seminary and institute teacher. She attended the University of Alberta and BYU, where she earned a degree in Elementary Education. She has been a school teacher in Utah and Missouri, and a writer and producer for a series of instructional television programs. She and her husband, Ralph T. Larsen, are the parents of two children.

Speaker at the 11th Annual Evergreen conference, September 14-15, 2001. Read her address "God's Love."

Peter LaBarbera is the founder of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality, a group devoted to countering the gay movement. He was also the founder and editor of The Lambada Report, a newsletter monitoring the gay rights movement. A 1985 graduate of the University of Michigan, LaBarbera, in addition to freelance reporting, has been the managing editor of The Washington Inquirer, editor of Family Voice, and a reporter for The Washington Times.

Keynote speaker at the 4th Annual Evergreen conference, August 12-13, 1994.

  Mari Carmen Leri is originally from Spain, along with her husband and three children. She also served a full-time mission in Spain. She has earned degrees in education and psychology, and a master's degree in marriage and family therapy. She is now working toward a doctorate in social science. For 15 years, she directed a student center of 500 students, developing various educational programs for children and adults. As a therapist, she has served many missionaries and members of the Church in Spain with diverse challenges. She also directed a support group in Spain for three years before coming to the United States two years ago, where she now holds a license in marriage and family therapy.
  James B. Lewis, LCSW, has been a counselor for over thirty five years and is author of the upcoming book Six Principles for Achieving Personal Balance. He has lectured extensively and is the recipient of the Beacon of Light award from Evergreen in 2003. He is in private practice and vice president of Addiction Resource Center for Healing (ARCH) in Sandy, Utah. Jim specializes in same gender attraction and sexual addiction in his practice.
Joseph McConkie

Joseph Fielding McConkie has taught the gospel for over forty years, including twenty-eight years as a professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University. Before joining the faculty at BYU, he taught seminary and served as director of the Institute of Religion at the University of Washington in Seattle. He served as a missionary in the Scotland Edinburgh Mission and later returned to preside over the mission as president from 1989 to 1992.

A prolific writer, he is the author or co-author of numerous works, including Valiant in the Testimony of Christ, Here We Stand, The Bruce R. McConkie Story, and a four volume commentary on the Book of Mormon. He has his wife, Brenda Kempton McConkie are the parents of nine children and several grandchildren. The family resides in Orem, Utah.

Read Joseph Fielding McConkie's address at the Evergreen conference, September 18, 2010.

  Ty Mansfield. A life-long member of the Church, Ty served in the Manchester New Hampshire mission and graduated from BYU in Asian Studies and Business Management. After having worked in Washington, DC, for the last two years for a Department of Defense contractor, he recently relocated to Utah to pursue a graduate degree in counseling. He is a co-author of the book In Quiet Desperation: Understanding the Challenge of Same-Gender Attraction, which includes a personal memoir of his spiritual journey as a member of the Church dealing with homosexual attraction.

He loves hiking, running, eating, skiing, writing, strawberry cheesecake, beef raviolis, and Gladys Knight. He also loves to travel and has lived or studied internationally in Japan, China, Israel/Palestine, and Egypt.

Elder James O. Mason earned his B.A. and M.D. degrees from the University of Utah and a masters and doctorate of Public Health degrees from Harvard University. Dr. Mason became the first managing director of the Church's Unified Welfare Services. He directed the multiple hospitals owned by the Church, which were later spun off to become Intermountain Health Care.

Dr. Mason taught at the University of Utah Medical School and served as the executive director of the Utah Department of Health. He was later named the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1989, the President of the United States asked him to head the United States Public Health Service, an appointment that required Senate confirmation. He was simultaneously the Assistant Secretary for Health in the Department of Health and Human Services. He also served as the United States delegate to the World Health Organization (WHO). Dr. Mason is nationally recognized expert on disease prevention and health promotion.

Elder Mason was called to the Second Quorum of the Seventy in April 1994, and served in the Africa Area Presidency and as President of the Africa West Area. Having filled his five-year call with distinction, Elder Mason was released in October 2000. Elder Mason currently serves as a Trustee on the Evergreen Board of Trustees.

General authority speaker at the 15th Annual Evergreen conference, September 17, 2005. Read his address "The Worth of a Soul is Great."

David Matheson, MS, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice in New Jersey, and will shortly be moving to the Salt Lake City area. He is the clinical director of the Center for Gender Wholeness, co-creator of the Journey into Manhood weekend, and a director of People Can Change (www.peoplecanchange.com). One of his important works is the 350-page Evergreen Workbook for Men, a practical guide to the change process. He also authored Origins of Male Homosexuality, a lengthy review and discussion of research and theory regarding the development of same-sex orientation. He is a former member of Evergreen's Board of Trustees. You may reach David at dmatheson@genderwholeness.com.

Keynote speaker at the 14th Annual Evergreen conference, September 17-18, 2004.

  Fred and Marilyn Matis have an unyielding faith in the person and power of Jesus the Christ. They are in complete agreement with the doctrines and principles set forth in the Proclamation on the Family. They are co-authors of the book In Quiet Desperation: Understanding the Challenge of Same-Gender Attraction.

Fred has served on several high councils, twice as a bishop, and as a counselor in a stake presidency. Marilyn has served as a Young Women's and Primary president, stake Relief Society counselor and early morning seminary teacher for many years. They are the parents of five children. Their oldest son, Stuart, had same-gender attraction.

Joseph McConkie

Joseph Fielding McConkie has taught the gospel for over forty years, including twenty-eight years as a professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University. Before joining the faculty at BYU, he taught seminary and served as director of the Institute of Religion at the University of Washington in Seattle. He served as a missionary in the Scotland Edinburgh Mission and later returned to preside over the mission as president from 1989 to 1992. A prolific writer, he is the author or co-author of numerous works, including Valiant in the Testimony of Christ, Here We Stand, The Bruce R. McConkie Story, and a four volume commentary on the Book of Mormon. He has his wife, Brenda Kempton McConkie are the parents of nine children and several grandchildren. The family resides in Orem, Utah.

Speaker at the 20th Annual Evergreen conference, September 18, 2010.

Michael McLean is a songwriter, composer, author, performer, playwright, film producer and director. Michael has written music and lyrics for more than 20 albums and has sold nearly two million recordings since his first release in 1983. He has written three books, each with accompanying CDs. Distant Serenade, Hold On The Light Will Come: And Other Lessons My Songs Have Taught Me, and The Forgotten Carols. Michael has performed a theatrical version of The Forgotten Carols to sold-out audiences throughout the United States since 1991. He was the original story writer, producer and director of the film Nora's Christmas Gift starring Academy Award winner Celeste Holm . He also produced and co-authored the original holiday television classic Mr. Krueger's Christmas starring film legend Jimmy Stewart.

Fireside presenter at the 17th Annual Evergreen conference, September 22, 2007.

Bishop Keith B. McMullin became a member of the Presiding Bishopric of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1996. Prior to that, he worked for 20 years with the Church's Welfare Services Department, ten of them as managing director. He has been a bishop and a stake president. He as his wife are the parents of eight children.

General authority speaker at the 8th Annual Evergreen conference, August 21-22, 1998.

General authority speaker at the 20th Annual Evergreen conference, September 18, 2010.

Alan P. and Willa Medinger. Alan is the former president and executive director of Exodus North America, a coalition of healing ministries for man and women overcoming homosexuality. He is also the founder of Regeneration Ministries. He is  the author of the book Growth into Manhood: Resuming the Journey. Willa has worked for more than 20 years with wives of men dealing with same-sex attraction and sexual addictions.

Alan and his wife Willa were keynote speakers at the 12th Annual Evergreen conference, September 13-14, 2002.

  Janet Mein was born and raised in Alberta, Canada, and is the oldest of four children. Her family joined the Church when she was eleven years old. Janet studied at Rick's College after her mission to Hong Kong in 1985-86. She comes from a background of childhood sexual abuse and the trauma that those experiences produce. She attributes her road to recovery to the atonement of our Savior Jesus Christ. Janet's artwork and the experiences she shares bear witness of our divine heritage, our eternal worth, and the love of God for all his children no matter what their trials and experiences in life.
Michael J. Merchant is the President and Executive Director of ANASAZI Foundation, a non-profit nationally accredited behavioral healthcare provider for youth and young adults with substance and emotional/behavioral concerns. Mike is a certified facilitator for the Arbinger Institute. Since 1993, he has facilitated workshops and presented at conferences nationwide on topics related to leadership, family, and interpersonal relations. He graduated from Brigham Young University's School of Management in 1986, and is currently a high councilor in the Queen Creek Arizona Stake.

Keynote speaker at the 15th Annual Evergreen conference, September 16-17, 2005.

Robert J. Millet is dean of Religious Education and professor of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University. Before joining the BYU facility in 1983, he worked with LDS Social Services as a counselor and with the Church Educational System as a seminary instructor, institute director, and teaching support consultant. Brother Millet received is bachelor's and master's degrees from BYU in psychology and his Ph.D. from Florida State University in Biblical Studies and Nineteenth-and-Twentieth Century Religious Thought. He is the author of many books and articles. In the Church, Brother Millet has served as a high counselor, bishop, a member of four stake presidencies, and a member of the Church Materials Evaluation Committee. He and his wife Shauna are the parents of six children.

Keynote speaker at the 10th Annual Evergreen conference, September 15-16, 2000.

Elder Alexander B. Morrison is an emeritus member of the First Quorum of the Seventy. He is a former Assistant Deputy Minister of the Department of National Health and Welfare of the Government of Canada. He is the recipient of the David M. Kennedy International Service Award, the Borden Award of the Nutrition Society of Canada, and the Queen's Jubilee Award. He earned his doctorate at Cornell University. He served as President of the Utah North and the North America Southeast Areas. He and his wife Shirley are the parents of eight children.

General authority speaker at the 10th Annual Evergreen conference, September 15-16, 2000. Read his address "Some Gospel Perspectives on Same-Gender Attraction."

Lloyd D. Newell has been well known as the voice of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's weekly inspirational broadcast of "Music and the Spoken Word" since 1990. This historic broadcast—the longest running continuous radio network broadcast in the world—is heard and seen each week on hundreds of television and radio stations by millions of people around the world. He has been a television news anchorman and news magazine host, including CNN Headline News.

He is also the author of several books, including The Divine Connection, May Peace Be With You, and This Day...And Always. Newell holds a master's degree in communications and a doctorate in family science and human development from Brigham Young University, where he is currently a faculty member in Religious Education and an associated faculty member in the School of Family Life. He serves as a commissioner for the Utah Governor's Commission on Marriage.

Fireside speaker at the 13th Annual Evergreen conference, September 13, 2003.
  Guy and Carolee Newgren are the parents of a son who struggled with same-sex attraction and died in 1995 in an accident. In 1997, they shared the insights they gained from his trial in the book A Place in the Kingdom. Guy and Carolee served a mission as advisors to the Portland SSA Group and as coordinators for the Church Service Missionary Program in the Oregon and Washington areas. They have been married for over 40 years and have four children and one foster son.
Dr. Joseph Nicolosi is the former 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, A Parent's Guide to Preventing Homosexuality, and the soon to be available Same and Attachment Loss: The Practical Work of Reparative Therapy.. 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.

Speaker at Evergreen conferences in 2009, 1994, and 1992.

Todd Olson, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in the treatment of sexual addiction, sexual anorexia, codependency, and trauma survival. He has a master's degree in social work and is a CSAT (Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist). His private practice includes individuals, couples, and group therapy and he is frequently called to lecture nationwide on codependency, relationships, and sexual addiction. In addition to his private practice, he has been an instructor of psychology on a college level. He is also the program director of LifeSTAR Network (see www.lifestarnetwork.org), which provides help for individuals and couples who are dealing with problems related to sexual addictions and compulsive behaviors.

Starting his career out as a juvenile probation officer, Todd went on to found an adolescent drug and alcohol program offering 3-5 day wilderness trips, and parenting classes for individuals, families, and groups. He is married and the father of five children. His favorite pastimes include supporting his kids in their sports activities and doing anything outdoors, especially training and riding his horses.
  Jim Otteson was raised in Utah County, but traveled extensively in the military until eleven years ago when he settled back in Utah where he became a therapist. He holds an undergraduate degree from BYU, an advanced degree in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas, and a graduate degree in counseling and Psychological Studies from Cambridge College in Massachusetts. He has been employed in various agencies in Utah County, Carbon county and Salt Lake County, including Heritage RTC, Utah State Developmental Center, ISAT, LDS Family Services and Praxis. He and another therapist opened an outpatient agency in American Fork a year ago called Alliance Clinical Services, where they primarily work with court-ordered clients in substance abuse, domestic violence and sexual abuse as well as couples and family counseling. They are soon opening offices in Heber City and Spanish Fork. He also recently opened a group home in American Fork, which specialized in treating adolescent sex offenders. He is married with eleven children (yours, mine, and ours), living in Cedar Hills.
  Jason Park discovered Evergreen in 1990 and found it to be a God-send to help him overcome his unwanted same-sex attractions. He is a popular speaker and author of two books Resolving Homosexual Problems: A Guide for LDS Men and Helping LDS Men Resolve their Homosexual Problems: A Guide for Family, Friends, and Church Leaders. Jason also authored a summary of the two books in booklet form entitled Understanding Male Homosexual Problems: An Introduction for Latter-day Saints. Jason has attended or spoken at nearly every annual conference. He can be reached at jasonpark001@gmail.com. Read more of Jason's story on the People Can Change Web site.
Mary Beth Patton is a Licensed Professional Counselor who work in private practice in Portland, Oregon. She graduated from Lewis and Clark College with a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology. Her undergraduate degree was from Portland State University where she focused on Psychology and Women's Studies. She is on the Board of Directors of NARTH and also for Portland Fellowship, the local branch of Exodus. Mary Beth is the mother of three adult children and grandmother of four.
John Paulk In 1987, John Paulk began his journey out of homosexuality in response to his new relationship with Jesus Christ. His quest led him to Exodus International where John was discipled and learned the root causes of his homosexual struggle. Over time, he healed from the wounds of his past and met and fell in love with Anne, who was also overcoming homosexuality. John and Anne married in 1992.

Together, John and Anne have shared their remarkable stories of overcoming homosexuality to audiences world-wide and extensively in the national media. Both John and Anne have served on the Exodus board of directors and in 1998, John went on staff with Focus on the Family and founded the Love Won Out ministry and conference which toured the country speaking to audiences for 11 years.

Throughout their ministry, the Paulk's have appeared on such programs as Oprah, ABC, NBC, and CBS News, and had their story printed in hundreds of magazines and newspapers like People, Time, and the cover of Newsweek magazine in 1998. John is the author of two books, including he and Anne's testimony entitled, Love Won Out.

In 2003, John left full time ministry and moved back to his home in Portland, Oregon, where he is the owner and executive chef of Mezzaluna, his thriving catering company. John and Anne have recently celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary and are the parents of three incredible sons.
Elder H. Burke Peterson. Elder Peterson was called to serve as a General Authority in April 1972 and served as First Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric. In 1985, he was called to the First Quorum of the Seventy and was set apart as president of the Jordan River Temple. In 1987, Elder Peterson assumed responsibilities as the Area President of the North America Southwest Area and Assistant Executive Director in the Temple Department. In 1990 he was called as President of the North America Central Area. He became an Emeritus General Authority in October 1993.

Elder Peterson served for a number of years on the Evergreen Board of Trustees as a special liaison with the Church and was instrumental in establishing a solid connection with Church leaders..

He was born in Salt Lake City to Harold Anton and Juna Tye Peterson. He married Brookie Cardon in the Mesa, Ariz. Temple. The Petersons have five daughters, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Elder Rex D. Pinegar was called to Church leadership October 6, 1972 as a member of the First Council of the Seventy. He was later named as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, October 1, 1976. He was named emeritus General authority on October 6, 2001. Elder Pinegar served as President of the North America Southwest Area. He also served in the Asia, North America Southeast, and North America Southwest Area Presidencies. For six years, Elder Pinegar served as a member of the Presidency of the Seventy, the last two years as its senior president.

Prior to his call as a General Authority, Elder Pinegar served as Chairman of Education Psychology at Brigham Young University. He received his Doctor of Education Degree from the University of Southern California. Elder Pinegar was born in Orem in 1931. He and his wife, Bonnie Lee Crabb Pinegar, are the parents of six children.

General authority speaker at the 16th Annual Evergreen conference, September 16, 2006. Read his talk Before You Knew Him/Her, I Loved Him/Her First.

Elder Bruce D. Porter is a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. At the time of his call to full-time Church service in 1995, Elder Porter was a professor of political science at BYU. He is a former executive director of the U. S. Board for International Broadcasting and a former research fellow at Harvard University. he has also served as an analyst for the Northrop Corporation and as a professional staff member of the U. S. Senate Armed Services Committee.

Elder Porter earned a master's degree in Russian Studies and a doctorate in political science from Harvard University. Elder Porter has served in the Europe East Area Presidency. He as his wife, Susan, are parents of four children.

General authority speaker at the 12th Annual Evergreen conference, September 13-14, 2002.

  Kris Plummer received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Southern Utah State University and her MSW degree from the University of Utah. She is currently employed with Davis Counseling Center as a part time private practitioner and with LDS Family Services in Farmington, Utah. Kris has worked extensively with survivors of abuse and those struggling with same gender attraction. She is currently serving as the vice-president of AMCAP (Association of Mormon Counselors and Psychotherapists). Kris has four children, 10 grandchildren, and resides in Bountiful, Utah with her husband Doug.
David Pruden has served as the Executive Director of Evergreen International since 1995. He received his master's degree from Utah State University. His doctoral dissertation addressed adolescent same-sex attraction. Dr. Pruden is a certified Family Life Educator and a court-certified Mediator.

David is often asked to speak on same-sex attraction topics in church and educational settings, and in the public media. He is the father of three children.

Rory C. Reid is a licensed therapist practicing at the Salt Lake and Provo Counseling Centers. He has authored several works and published research in social science journals on pornography problems. Rory is well versed in research literature on sexual impulsive behaviors and is called upon by numerous media outlets to comment on these topics, especially issues of pornography and cybersex. Rory lives with his wife Renee and son in Lehi, Utah.
Jeff Robinson, Ph.D., is a psychotherapist in private practice in Orem, Utah. He specializes in the treatment of individuals struggling with homosexual problems or other compulsive sexual behaviors. His counseling often includes parents, spouses, and other family members of those struggling with sexual issues.

Dr. Robinson received his Ph.D. from Brigham Young University. His doctoral dissertation was an in-depth study of change in Latter-day Saint men who have successfully overcome homosexuality. He served for three years as the facilitator for a support group. In addition to being a frequent presenter at conferences he has presented numerous workshops, firesides, and therapist training sessions in a variety of settings.

Read more about Dr. Robinson's treatment approaches which are both gospel-centered and solution-focused at www.theguardrail.com.

Keynote speaker at the 7th Annual Evergreen conference, September 12-13, 1997.

Elder Cecil O. Samuelson, Jr. was sustained a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy in 1994. He has served in the North America West Area Presidency, as President of the Europe North Area, and in the Presidency of the Seventy. Elder Samuelson was named the 12th president of Brigham Young University on May 1, 2003.

Elder Samuelson is a physician and served as senior vice president of Intermountain Health Care and vice president for health sciences at the University of Utah. He also served as professor of medicine and dean of the School of Medicine at the University. He holds bachelor's, master's, and a medical degree from the same university. He as his wife Sharon are the parents of five children.

General authority speaker at the 9th Annual Evergreen conference, September 10-11, 1999.

Jeffrey B. Satinover practices psychiatry and psychoanalysis. He holds degrees from MIT, Harvard (ED.M.), and the University of Texas (M.D.). Dr. Satinover completed psychoanalytic training at the C. G. Jung Institute of Zurich, and is a part president of the C. G. Jung Foundation of New York. He serves on the scientific advisory board to the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality. Dr. Satinover's book Homosexuality and the Politics of Truth is an analysis of the current debate over homosexuality viewed from psychological, religious, and scientific perspectives.

Keynote speaker at the 9th Annual Evergreen conference, September 10-11, 1999.

Brent Scharman is a licensed psychologist. He is employed at LDS Family Services as the manager of the Evaluation and Training Department. He is also the chair of the Missionary Mental Health Committee. He is the former president of AMCAP (Association of Mormon Counselors and Psychotherapists) and the Utah Psychological Association.

He serves as a high councilor in the Holliday Stake. He as his wife, Jan, have a blended family of ten children. 

  Janet S. Scharman is a licensed psychologist and currently serves as Vice-President of Student Life at Brigham Young University. Prior to her administrative assignments, she worked in the campus counseling center and taught classes in counseling. She has chaired the BYU Women's Conference and served as Laurel advisor in her ward. She serves on the Evergreen Board of Trustees. Jan and her husband, Brent, have a blended family of ten children.
Vickey Pahnke Taylor

Vickey is a songwriter/producer, vocalist, and professional speaker, and has performed and/or taught in numerous venues. Her compositions include the theme songs for the Special Olympics program (state by state selection), the Make A Wish Foundation, the Especially For Youth program of the Church, and the Families In Focus program. She is a Billboard award winning songwriter, with hundreds of songs to her credit.

She has enjoyed participation in the Church Education System's youth and family programs for more than two decades, having taught for Know Your Religion, Campus Education Week at BYU-Provo, BYU-Hawaii, and BYU- Idaho, Especially for Youth, Best of Especially for Youth, and BYU Conferences and Workshops.

Studying musical theater at BYU, she has used that learning experience in the music field as a way of enhancing the teaching of correct principles. Among her gospel works are the collaborative projects "Women at the Well" with Kenneth Cope and "My Beloved Christ" with Randy Kartchner. Vickey has contributed to numerous EFY albums over the years and as a chapter contributor for many yearly EFY books; as well as contributor the best selling LDS compilation, Sunshine for the Latter Day Saint Teenage Soul, and Fabulous Family Home Evenings.

She authored the book K.I.S.S.: Gospel Guidelines for Better Relationships for Bookcraft Publishing Company, and Apron Strings: Tender Ties Between Mothers and Daughters. For two years she was editor and columnist for "Gems for Youth" on the web at LDSWorld.com, formerly the Church's electronic arm. For six years, she has written a bi-weekly column for online Meridian Magazine.

She holds a masters degree in interpersonal communications and currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband, Dean Taylor. Together, they have eight children and four grandchildren.

She most loves laughter, cooking Italian, studying the gospel, traveling to coastal areas with her husband, hanging out with her kids, and eating Tootsie Rolls. Vickey has begun a website called goodnessmatters.com, and a Non-Profit company Goodness Matters. Feel free to contact Vickey directly at Vickey@goodnessmatters.com

Read Vickey Taylor's fireside address "God's Love Lifts Us Up," September 18, 2010.

Randy Thomas, Ministry and Media Relations Manager of Exodus North America. He served Exodus as a Member Ministry Director for three years, and has been involved with Exodus for over ten years. Randy has done many radio and print interviews with media outlets across the country.

Keynote speaker at the 13th Annual Evergreen conference, September 12-13, 2003.

Read Randy's story.

Elder William R. Walker Elder William R. Walker served as a missionary in Japan and later married Vicki Colleen Van Wagenen. They are the parents of five children. Elder Walker graduated from BYU and took his international relations degree to Montreal to train to be a stock broker. The Walkers would later call Vancouver, Canada; Illinois; Georgia; and northern California home while Elder Walker developed his business career. In 1990, Elder Walker was called to preside over the Japan Tokyo South Mission. In 2002, he was called to the Second Quorum of the Seventy. At the time of his call, he was a member of the board of directors and chairman of the investment committee for Beneficial Life Insurance Company. Elder Walker currently serves as the Executive Director of the Temple Department.

General Authority speaker at the 18th Annual Evergreen Conference, September 19-20, 2008.

Wendy L. Watson Nelson holds a Ph.D. in family therapy and gerontology and is a professor of marriage and family therapy in the School of Family Life at Brigham Young University. With a rich professional background also as a nurse and a psychologist, Dr. Watson has worked as a marriage and family therapist for more than twenty-five years, and has spent two decades teaching, researching, writing, supervising, and consulting in that field, both nationally and internationally. She served as chair of the 1999 and 2000 BYU Women's Conferences, and has also served as a stake Relief Society president and stake Primary president.

On 6 April 2006, she married Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Fireside speaker at the 14th Annual Evergreen conference, September 18, 2004. Read his address "The Holy Ghost: Don't Struggle with Same-Sex Attraction without His Companionship."

  Nathan D. Wood holds masters and doctoral degrees in marriage and family therapy from BYU. He has taught courses in parenting, human development, and marriage preparation at BYU and UVSC. He is a lead therapist for Turning Point: Center for Personal and Career Development, and also works for LDS Family Services.
Elder Robert S. Wood has a a Bachelor's degree from Stanford University and Masters and Doctoral degrees from Harvard. His teaching career includes professor at various universities and Dean of Strategic Studies at the U.S. Naval War College. He has had vast experience in Washington, D.C. as an adviser to several Presidents and to a number of Secretaries of Defense.

In April of 1999, Elder Robert S. Wood was called out of the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy, where he had been serving as an Area Authority Seventy, into full-time service in the Second Quorum of the Seventy.

General authority speaker at the 13th Annual Evergreen conference, September 12-13, 2003. Read his address "You're Going to Be Okay...But: On the Happiness of Mortality."

Rich Wyler is the founder and executive director of peoplecanchange.com, a non-profit organization of men who have overcome unwanted same-sex attraction who now support others seeking similar change. He is also a co-creator and leader of its experiential-healing weekend, "Journey into Manhood," a program that has had a life-changing impact on hundreds of men from a dozen nations since its beginning in 2002. Rich works as a personal life coach to help clients overcome same-sex attraction, to gain sobriety from pornography and other sexually-addictive behaviors, and achieve personal success in all areas of life. He also leads telephone-based coaching groups for parents and wives affected by same-sex attraction. His experience with this issue and his passion for helping others is based on his own journey in the 1990s. You can contact Rich at rich@peoplecanchange.com.

Keynote speaker at the 17th Annual Evergreen conference, September 22, 2007.

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