Thanks to everyone who participated and served for making this a great conference!
Dr. Mark Yarhouse is the Rosemarie S. Hughes Endowed Chair and Professor of Psychology at Regent University. He is the past recipient of the Gary R. Collins Award for Excellence in Christian Counseling and the Chancellor's Award for Excellence at Regent University. He was a past participant with the Ethics and Public Policy Center think tank in Washington, DC, and he was named Senior Fellow with the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities to conduct a study of students navigating sexual identity concerns at Christian colleges and universities. He has been a consultant to the National Institute of Corrections to address issues facing sexual minorities in corrections, and he was part of a consensus panel from the American Psychological Association on sexual orientation and gender identity change efforts that convened to provide input to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in Washington, DC. Dr. Yarhouse is currently the Chair of the task force on LGBT issues for Division 36 (Psychology of Religion and Spirituality) of the American Psychological Association. He was also invited to write the featured white paper on sexual identity for the Christ on Campus Initiative edited by Don A. Carson for The Gospel Coalition.
Dr. Yarhouse has published over 80 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and is author or co-author of several books, including Homosexuality and the Christian: A Guide for Parents, Pastors, and Friends and Understanding Sexual Identity: A Resource for Youth Ministers. His most recent book is titled Understanding Gender Dysphoria: Navigating Transgender Issues in a Changing Culture.
Bob Hamp, LMFT
Bob Hamp is the founder of the Think Differently Counseling Consulting and Connecting Center. He has been in private practice and worked in the church for a combined 25 years of practice. Besides his years of private practice and organizational consulting he spent ten years developing a group discipleship strategy called Freedom Ministry that helped thousands of people find freedom from a broad range of struggles.
He has published two books built around the idea that changing thought process is the true meaning of Biblical repentance and therefore the key component of real change. His video series, Foundations of Freedom, is used worldwide to shift the way people see the Gospel, themselves and the pathway to change.
He currently offers training and consulting to counselors, ministries and laypeople. He and his wife Polly and the Think Differently Team offer training in facilitating freedom, spiritual leadership, teaching and training strategies and ministry development.
Scott Floyd, Ph.D.,
Director of Counseling Programs, B.H. Carroll Theological Institute
Dr. Scott Floyd is Professor of Psychology and Counseling and Director of Counseling Programs at B.H. Carroll Theological Institute in Arlington. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he is a Licensed Professional Counselor and counseling supervisor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Since 1995, he has served as Director of Counseling Ministries at Travis Avenue Baptist Church in Ft. Worth. He is the author of Crisis Counseling: A Guide for Pastors and Professionals.