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.
|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.
Ron Smith: Secretary / Board Member
Ron came to Christ in 2001 after living as a gay identified male with a partner for 18 years.
He moved to California in August of 2001 and spent two and a half years in New Hope Ministry's “Steps Out” program.
Ron completed a B.S. in Ministry and Leadership from Trinity College of Florida in 2008 and that same year took over the director position of New Hope Ministries in San Rafael, CA from Frank Worthen. Ron graduated from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master’s of Divinity in 2012.
All along the way, I've been seeking Christ to transform me into the man he has called me to be. My life verse is I Corinthians 16:13-14: “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.”
|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.
|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 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.