Christopher Doyle, MA, LCPC
Co-Founder and President, Voice of the Voiceless
Christopher Doyle, MA, LCPC, Psychotherapist, Educator, and Author is the Co-Founder and President 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 licensed clinical professional counselor and spokesperson for sexual health, Christopher has been a guest on The Dr. Oz. Show, National Public Radio, Fox News Radio with Alan Colmes, Christian Broadcasting Network, American Family Radio with Sandy Rios and Brian Fischer, Salem Radio, XM Satellite Radio, Mancow Muller, WTOP Radio, CBS Washington, DC, ABC Washington, DC, NBC Roanoke, VA, NBC Richmond, VA, French Television’s ’66 Minutes’ and many more. His work has been featured in USA Today, Associated Press, NBC News, AOL, BuzzFeed, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Huffington Post, The Washington Examiner, World Magazine, National Catholic Registry, Charisma, Washington City Paper, Washington Blade, New Jersey Star Ledger, LifeSiteNews, WorldNetDaily, and many more.
As a published author and expert in adolescent sexual health, Mr. Doyle has spoken to international audiences, including the National HIV Prevention Conference, National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality Convention, the International Abstinence Leaders Conference. He also speaks regularly to churches and faith-based audiences across the country. His writing can be seen in periodicals such as the Journal of Human Sexuality, and he has written articles for Townhall, WorldNetDaily, and The Christian Post. He is the director and author of Acception: Bullying Solutions and Prevention Health Education Curriculum (and film), Benefits of Delaying Sexual Debut (the Institute for Youth Development) and Benefits of Delaying Sexual Debut – Africa (Children’s AIDS Fund). He is also a former Associate Editor of the peer-reviewed journal Adolescent and Family Health. Residing in the Washington, DC area, Christopher is a husband to his beautiful wife Sherry and father of three children; Andrew, Ariana, and Aaron.
Rev. Darryl L (DL) Foster is an ordained minister, husband, father and self-described abolitionist pastor. In 1990, he left homosexuality to follow Christ and subsequently founded Witness Ministries, a prominent Christian outreach focused on helping people of color gain their freedom. In 2012, he also founded and organized the Overcomers Network, an Atlanta based EXGLBT empowerment organization with chapters in 12 US cities.
A ten year US Army combat veteran, DL is also author of the groundbreaking book “Touching A Dead Man: One man’s explosive story of deliverance from homosexuality”. Published in 2002, the book inspired scores of other African American ex-homosexuals to publicly witness their own transformation.
He has been a featured guest on shows on TV ONE, 700 Club Newswatch and Faith Under Fire. He’s been quoted, cited and interviewed in Newsweek, Charisma, WorldNetDaily, AOL Black Voices, ABC News, Jewish World Review and more. He studied mass communications and theology at McClennan College and Liberty University, respectively.
DL has been blissfully married to Dee, the love of his life for the past 21 years, and is the father of five incredible children.
David H. Pickup holds a masters degree in psychology. He is licensed in California and Texas as a Marriage and Family Therapist. He is pursuing his doctorate in psychology at California Southern University in Los Angeles. Mr. Pickup underwent an extensive internship and training with the creator of Reparative Therapy, Dr. Joeseph Nicolosi at Thomas Aquinas Psychological Clinic in Encino, California.
He now operates his own private practices in Encino, CA and Dallas, TX. His practices consist almost entirely of SSA men who seek orientation change. Mr. Pickup is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and the American Psychological Association.
He has spoken in the past several years on Reparative Therapy for therapeutic, religious and political organizations in Los Angeles, London, Belfast and for many NARTH conventions. He has appeared on numerous radio and TV news shows to discuss sexual orientation change efforts, and has spoken about Reparative Therapy to churches and men’s groups in California and Texas.
Mr. Pickup is the lead plaintiff in Pickup vs. Brown, the lawsuit brought before the California courts to strike down CA law SB1172. This law was designed to make it illegal for any minor or any licensed therapist to engage in any type of sexual orientation change therapy.
Mr. Pickup has created live, online training courses in Reparative Therapy for licensed therapists. He also holds consulting/training sessions for religious counselors and leaders who seek assistance with SSA men and women.
Aaron Bitzer currently works in education and technology at Overland Elementary School for Advanced Studies. He has experience in teaching and curriculum design, including five years of working to integrate technology into elementary academics and six years working overseas as an English Conversation Instructor in Japan for children and adults of all ages. He holds a BA in Film and Television and an MFA in Animation, both from UCLA. His short films have won several awards as well as international recognition. He also serves on the board for My School In Motion, a research-based physical fitness program which taps into the power of physical activity to fuel academic success. He is currently furthering his education with courses in psychology with the goal of becoming a therapist.
He actively supports individuals like himself who experience same-sex attractions but do not feel that a same-sex relationship is authentic with who they really are. He’s committed to helping other individuals like himself live lives that are free of shame and defending the right of self-determination for those who experience unwanted same-sex attractions.
Carol Aoun is Foundress and President of “Mary Help of Mothers,” a Lebanese pro-life non-profit organization that was founded in 2009. As the only pro-life organization of its kind in the Arab world, Carol has been counseling women, facilitating retreats, and helping post-abortion women and their families recover and heal wounds. She also spreads awareness by actively working within the media to educate the public in television documentaries. “Mary Help of Mothers” makes sure that women in Lebanon do not remain ignorant about abortion alternatives (and its dangers) and has been empowering single mothers by providing financial, legal, social, and medical assistance free of charge.
Carol is also Foundress and President of “Lady of the Roses,” a non-profit organization for support, awareness, orientation, healing, conversion, and change forpeople struggling with same-sex attraction. Though not officially started in Beirut until Summer 2013, “Lady of the Roses” had been supporting individuals who experience SSA for seven years and has been spreading awareness about the possibility of change and complete recovery from SSA.
Born in Beirut at the start of the Lebanese war, Carol had been socially active during this hard time to provide all possible assistance to as many people from her war-torn country. She has a B.A. in Business Administration and A.A. in Computer Science both with Honors Degrees from Loma Linda University and La Sierra University in California, USA. Her hobbies are reading, hiking, cinema, internet and traveling. Her favorite quotes are: “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life” and “My soul glorifies the Lord.”
Gisele Roy is a parent of a son in his twenties who has battled SSA for 13 years. She has struggled with the emotional pain of seeing her son experience rejection from his peers, loneliness, and deep depression. Although she was a devout Catholic at the time, she abandoned her trust in God and gave in to her then (almost uncommunicative) son’s request to “see” a high school friend whom she knew was homosexual.
Seeing how unhappy her son continued to be, she confided in her very devout, Catholic mother and a close Christian friend. They both told her to pray and that they would also pray for her son’s return to his faith. At the time, no one, including clergy, seemed to give Gisele any hope that her son could be authentically reoriented to his innate sexuality.
When her son turned 16, he had a true conversion experience. She and her mother watched in awe as her son threw out all of his homosexual magazines that he had hidden under the mattress of his bed. He also began to be interested in learning more about Jesus and following Him more closely. At about the same time, Gisele also happened to walk into a Catholic bookstore where the clerk told her about the author Father John Garvey who had started the Catholic support program COURAGE. Father Garvey referred Gisele to a psychologist who began working with her son. Finding out the causes of SSA allowed her son to discover the means to a solution. He also began to attend COURAGE meetings.
It is Gisele’s hope that she, her husband and her son will continue to work on healing the deep-seated pain and emotional causes of his SSA and that her son will be able to find a wife who will complement him in every way.
Nathan Ruark resides in Grand Rapids, MI. He carries the rank of Specialist in the Michigan Army National Guard where he works as a radar repairer. He holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology from Grand Valley State University. He has volunteered with Sexual Orientation Change Effort (SOCE) programs for the previous 10 years and publicly advocated for SOCE rights for the past 4 years.
His career goals include obtaining a Masters in Social Work, becoming a licensed counselor, and specializing in addiction and/or grief counseling.
Arthur L. Clark, Jr. (“Pastor Art”), the senior pastor and founder of Agape Family Life Ministries in Upper Marlboro, MD. He is blessed with the unique ability to make the Word of God practical and relevant across multiple generations and cultures.
Pastor Art has a heart for people and families, especially those who are hurting and oppressed. As a certified life coach, Art has taught and preached at many churches, workshops, conferences, and retreats along the east coast. He also coaches and counsels in the area of family and marriage. Along with his responsibilities at his local church, Art has ministered for over 15 years in the Department of Corrections in Washington, DC.
Pastor Art, along with his wife Charmayne, has been certified to lead marriage seminars and workshops through Family Dynamics, Inc. Together they have been privileged to minister in workshops, conferences, and personally in the area of marriage and family. They have also answered God’s call to establish “The Life Lab,” a non-profit organization with the goal of building community by demonstrating the love of Christ through service and empowerment. In what he feels is his greatest privilege, after surrendering his life to the Lord Jesus Christ, he is blessed to be the faithful, loyal, and devoted husband of Charmayne Clark and the proud father of three beautiful and talented daughters: Sierra, Kaila and Madisyn.
Pastor Art firmly believes that NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE for us to accomplish as long as we stay committed to, and focused on Christ.
Phelim McIntyre is a professional counselor and life coach specializing in issues concerning masculinity and sexual orientation, based in the South of England. He is an ex-homosexual, having come out at the age of 13, but overcoming SSA and now has been straight for over 10 years.
Mr. McIntyre has a professional diploma in counseling and is a qualified NLP master practitioner. He also operates the “Line In the Sand” blog (aflame.blog.co.uk/) that attempts to help the church respond in a Biblical manner to those struggling as well as looking at the scientific and psychological issues surrounding homosexuality. He is currently involved with a campaign to prevent therapy for those experiencing SSA from becoming illegal in the United Kingdom.
André Bekker, CSRC
André is a Theological Counselor. André’s educational achievements include: a Diploma in Theology from Glenvar Bible College, a Certificate in Theology from Die Teologiese Seminarium Van die Baptiste, and a B. A. degree from the University of Pretoria. André is also certified as a Sexual Reorientation Coach (CSRC) through the International Healing Foundation.
André started his own healing journey in 2002 after being a missionary for several years. In no uncertain terms, God spoke to him through Jeremiah 29:4-13. It was clear that he would be out of the ministry for some time, but uncertain how long that period would be. He got a position with a financial institution and June, 26 2004, he got married to a widow, Lina. She had two sons, Nicky and Johan.
Towards the end of 2009, God clearly spoke to André again from Jeremiah 29:10-11 “The Lord says, When Babylonia’s seventy years are over, I will show my concern for you and keep my promise to bring you back home. I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for.” At this point, it had been seven years since André had taken a position with the financial institution. God spoke to his heart “the seventy years for Babylonia is over.” Not only was he through his healing journey, but he was also spiritually and academically ready to take up his new ministry and is presently the Executive Director of New Living Way Ministry. André resides with his family in Kempton Park, Gauteng Province, South Africa.
Chuck Peters, originally from Arizona, holds a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the United States Air Force Academy and is the Clinical Director of the Sexual Orientation Change Institute in Beverly Hills, California (www.homorehab.org). As a child, the molestation by his adult gay Boy Scout master was one of the main impetuses of his same gender attractions. As both an ex-gay and an Eagle Scout, Chuck is excited to join the advisory board of Voice of the Voiceless to offer his strength, experience, and hope to those seeking freedom from the sexualization of their same gender attractions. Over the past twenty years, Chuck has both received therapy to overcome unwanted same-gender attractions and learned from many of the organizations that offer this therapy, helping him form the Sexual Orientation Change Institute. During this time, effective counseling/reparative therapy has yielded life-fulfilling results.
Without the help of organizations like the International Healing Foundation, Marked Men for Christ, and Journey Into Manhood, Chuck says he would have committed suicide. Chuck finds it ironic that gay activist groups will celebrate and hold pride parades for people who chose to undergo years of hormone therapy and countless medical procedures to change from a man to a woman, yet someone like him who chooses to change his sexual orientation is disenfranchised, thrown under the bus, and denied equal discrimination protection under the law. He is excited that Voice of the Voiceless will give him an avenue to fight against such bigotry and discrimination.