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The Restored Hope Network Board of Directors & Officers

 

 

 

Anne Paulk: Executive Director / Board Member

Anne Paulk is an author and speaker on homosexual issues. Anne has been interviewed on TV, radio and in magazines between 1990’s to 2004, including Oprah Winfrey, Good Morning America, CBS Evening News, 700 Club, D. James Kennedy’s Coral Ridge Ministry, and People magazine.

She is the author of Restoring Sexual Identity: Hope for Women Who Struggle with Same-Sex Attraction.

  Andrew Comiskey: Board Chair / Board Member

Andrew Comiskey (M.Div.) has worked extensively with the healing of the sexually and relationally broken. Having come to the church broken, he loves nothing more than serving broken ones who cry out for mercy in the church.

He founded Desert Stream Ministries in 1980 while serving on staff at the Vineyard West Los Angeles. Desert Stream relocated from Southern California to Kansas City, Missouri in 2005. Andrew’s ministry remains fresh as a result of his own commitment to overcome homosexuality and his experience as a husband to Annette and father of four (now) adult children.  He is author of Pursuing Sexual Wholeness (Creation House), Strength in Weakness (IVP), Naked Surrender: Coming Home to Our True Sexuality (IVP) and the Living Waters healing program.

Andrew seeks to equip the global church to become whole and holy, a bride ready to receive Jesus. He loves worshipping Jesus at St. Thomas More Parish. He marvels at the power of Christ Crucified to blaze a trail on which broken lives can become whole. He is at times troubled by Jesus’ call to pick up our own crosses and walk His way in order to be healed.

 

  Stephen Black: Board Vice Chair / Board Member

Stephen Black has worked in full-time pastoral-care ministry with First Stone Ministries (FSM) since 1993, and was ordained in 1994 with International Ministerial Fellowship. Stephen assumed the role of Executive Director with First Stone Ministries in 2000.

The last 26 years has been a journey of helping people overcome sexual and relational brokenness within the Church. Stephen uses his own testimony, teaches in the Church and serves people in one-on-one pastoral care discipleship sessions, group sessions at FSM and in a variety of conferences.  He has been interviewed numerous times on local and national radio and on television over the past 26 years specifically addressing the issue of overcoming homosexuality. He has also ministered in prisons as a volunteer chaplain. Stephen enjoys testifying, teaching and writing on God’s amazing grace to heal the roots of relational and sexual brokenness, especially the healing of homosexuality and sexual abuse.

Stephen has been married since May of 1986 to his wife, Robin. They have three adult children and two grandchildren. They are life-long residents of the Oklahoma City area.

 

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Karen Booth: Secretary / Board Member

Karen Booth is the director of Transforming Congregations – a ministry outreach of Good News – and author of Forgetting How to Blush: United Methodist Compromise with the Sexual Revolution (Bristol 2012). The mission of Transforming Congregations is “equipping the Church to model and minister sanctified sexuality” by offering educational resources intended to instruct United Methodists about the church’s teaching on human sexuality and to bring forgiveness, healing, and transformation to those who are experiencing sexual brokenness.

Prior to becoming director in 2003, Rev. Karen Booth served for 16 years as a local pastor. She was also a member of the Transforming Congregations Board of Directors from 2000-2003. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and Drew Theological School and an ordained Elder in the Peninsula – Delaware Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, she has been active in various denominational renewal efforts for over a decade.

 

  Jason Thompson M.A. : Treasurer / Board Member

In 1989, at the age of 19, Jason Thompson approached a crossroads in his young life -- what to do with his unwanted homosexual feelings. Relying on his Christian upbringing, he made the difficult decision to follow God's word and sought help to overcome his struggle and walk in freedom. His search led him to Portland Fellowship, a Christ-centered ministry to those who desire change from sexual brokenness. Through biblical counseling, and loving support, Jason overcame his homosexuality and now serves as Executive Director for Portland Fellowship.

Jason graduated from Multnomah Bible College in Portland Oregon and holds a Masters Degree in Counseling from Western Seminary and is an ordained minister through the church.  He and his wife Amy had Abigail, who passed away at 3 1/2 months due to a heart defect. Jason and Amy are raising two boys, Trevor and Cody.

Jason has counseled numerous adults and youth and has spoken to many church groups, colleges (including Moody Bible Institute and Multnomah Bible College, Concorida, Linfield, George Fox, and Western Seminary), and retreat centers. His story has been published in several magazines and booklets. Jason made appearances on local and national Christian and secular television programs and has been interviewed on several local and national radio programs.

Jason has also produced the "The Map", and interactive CD ROM for youth and in 2008 produced and launched www.reachtruth.com, an online support program and in 2012, produced www.takingbackground.com.

 

Dr. Robert Gagnon: Board Member

Robert A. J. Gagnon is Associate Professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He came to PTS in the Fall of 1994 after a one-year position as Visiting Professor of Religion at Middlebury College in Vermont.

He has a B.A. degree from Dartmouth College (highest honors in history), an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School, and a Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary (magna cum laude). His main fields of interest are Pauline theology and sexual issues in the Bible. He is a member both of the Society of Biblical Literature and of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas [Society of New Testament Studies].

He is the author of The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics (Abingdon Press); co-author (with Dan O. Via) of Homosexuality and the Bible: Two Views (Fortress Press); and, as a service to the church, provides a large amount of free material on the web dealing with Scripture and homosexuality. In addition, he has published scholarly articles on biblical studies in Journal of Biblical Literature, New Testament Studies, Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Novum Testamentum, Zeitschrift für die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft, Horizons in Biblical Theology, and The Christian Century. He is also author of article-length encyclopedia entries in Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible (Baker/SPCK), New Dictionary of Christian Apologetics (IVP), Oxford Handbook of Evangelical Theology (Oxford University Press), and Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization (Wiley-Blackwell). In addition, he has been quoted in, or has written for, the New York Times, National Public Radio, CNN, U.S. News and World Report, Christianity Today, Christian Century, and other news outlets and popular magazines.

Robert is an ordained elder at a Presbyterian Church (USA) in Pittsburgh.

 

denise Denise Shick: Board Member

Denise Shick is the founder and Executive Director of Help 4 Families Ministry. She has worked with families of Gender Identity Disphoria since 2004.

She diligently works along side of church leaders in order to bring an understanding of the emotional and spiritual confusion when a loved one has Gender Identity Disphoria. She has led church-based support groups for people with sexual addictions.

She is the author of My Daddy’s Secret and When Hope Seems Lost. She has been interviewed on several Christian radio and Christian television programs.

Denise and her husband Mark have been married for 32 years.