Speaker Bios

GEORGE CARNEAL, author of “From Queer to Christ,”grew up in the ’70s, raised by a Southern Baptist minister in the ultra-conservative Bible Belt.  For years he struggled with his Christian faith and a same-sex attraction.  George shares his painful journey through a secular world at odds with homosexuality, in addition to a religious world that is hostile to homosexuals.  Perhaps sharing his journey through the eyes, and mind, of a confused child dealing with a same-sex attraction will give some insight into the pain and difficulty of navigating these two worlds.  George has appeared on numerous radio and television shows and is a frequent speaker at churches and conferences.

Website:            https://georgecarneal.com/

DR. MICHELLE A CRETELLA, MD, FCP is Executive Director of the American College of Pediatricians. She is a board certified general pediatrician with a special interest in adolescent mental and sexual health.

She graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in 1994; completed her internship and residency in general Pediatrics with honors at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in 1997, and completed a College Health Fellowship at the University of Virginia Health Center in 1999. She has served on the Board of the American College of Pediatricians since 2005, and on the Board of Directors for the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice (formerly NARTH) since 2010.

Dr. Cretella practiced general pediatrics for 15 years in Rhode Island and Connecticut. Her fulltime position as President of the American College of Pediatricians began in April of 2015. Dr. Cretella has been an active prolife advocate for over twenty years, and she has been published in several lay publications.

BONNIE GASPER and her husband Tom have been married for 31 years and have resided in MN for 27 years.  They have three adult children.

She is a working professional in the print and promotional industry. Her passions include education, biblical literacy and Christian worldview/apologetics. She has written extensively about political issues as viewed through the Biblical lens of Scripture for a monthly news column.  She has previously served as a discussion leader for Bible Study Fellowship, and as a Board member for Southwest Christian High School.

She currently serves as a Board member for the Child Protection League whose mission is to protect children from exploitation, violence, and indoctrination.  She is also a founding member of STAND FOUR which stands for God, Country, Family and Service. 

Website: www.childprotectionleague.com

LUCA GROPPOLI It was a normal Friday night at home watching a movie and, as she had many times before, Luca Groppoli looked down at her hand in the hand of another woman. But for the first time in her more than three decades of same-sex attractions, something was different. It just didn’t feel normal anymore. Only weeks earlier, her partner had insisted that Luca attend church with her. Heels dug in, she went expecting judgment and rejection. Instead, she was met by a congregation that loved her right into the arms of Jesus…and that is when the questions began.

 ● Couldn’t she still be gay and love Jesus?

 ● Wouldn’t life as a straight woman mean giving up control?

 ● Was Jesus’ power enough to rid her of emotional pain?

Follow Luca as she shares her testimony beginning with the loss of her mother at age six, through a life of sexual and domestic abuse as both the victim and the aggressor, and on to the dark hallways of universities promoting Kinsey-inspired sexual transitioning. Hear her insights on life in the LGBT community along with bouts of depression and suicidal thoughts up to her day of reckoning and beyond. Listen as she shares that as God’s deep love became evident, she began to see that it was less about her love for the alternative lifestyle and more about his love in the ultimate lifestyle: a life lived for Jesus. Through the gentle work of the Holy Spirit, Luca had traded a self-focused life of emptiness for a life of “peace that passes understanding.” God didn’t make Luca go it alone, He sent helpers. And now she wants to help others with her story of healing and hope: especially those in the LGBT lifestyle who question if it is really their destiny. Her experiences will help your church or small group understand that homosexuality is as much a spiritual issue as it is a social issue. Today, Luca is a missionary and activist with a deep love for the lost and forgotten, the homeless and the unborn. She longs to see the modern church understand its Hebrew Roots and takes “love trips” often to love on and pray with people she encounters throughout the US and Israel. As Luca sees it: “Jesus called me to minister to His heart; He’s called me to love the unlovable, the land of the misfits, the rejected and the hated ones that society quit caring about. He called me to learn of Him so I can love like Him.” Luca is available to share her testimony with your small group or church gathering. Luca is also a graduate of Christ For the Nations Bible College.

WALT HEYER identified as a transgender woman for 8 years and now has a passion to help others who regret gender change. Walt travels extensively to share his story of redemption at conferences, churches, and universities.

Walt has appeared on numerous radio and television shows in the U.S. and Canada. Walt’s articles have been published online and his many books are a welcome resource in understanding the issue.

Website:            https://waltheyer.com/

APRIL LOCKHART lived as a lesbian from the ages of 14 to 25, April wrestled with her sexuality through three long-term relationships before deciding a change was crucial. Through a spiritual process and a journey with the Lord, she gave over her life to God. As a result, and while serving in the Army in Iraq, she met the man that would become her husband; and now has three beautiful children with him. A retired LAPD Police Officer, she now works with Changed Movement to bring awareness to the political arena that there is a real possibility of escaping the homosexual lifestyle. April also works with Living Waters Ministry as a spiritual mentor. Her primary endeavor in life now is to embody the Proverbs 31 woman in her home.

Website:  https://changedmovement.com/stories/april-lockhart

Daren Mehl, initially identifying as a gay man from high school through his late 20’s, Daren met his wife after college and his journey took a course change. After several years of marriage and growth in his Christian faith, Daren now expresses his identity as a heterosexual man, a husband, and now with two children, a father. Daren joined Voice of the Voiceless in 2016 as an Advisory Board Member and now serves as President. As President of Voice of the Voiceless Daren works to forward ther mission to defend the rights of former homosexuals, individuals with unwanted same-sex attraction, and their families. We also support the faith-based community and work actively in the United States to defend the constitutional rights of all Americans to share their views of homosexuality in the public forum.

Website: https://www.voiceofthevoiceless.info
Blog: https://www.darenmehlblog.com

NATE OYLOE is the Founder/Director of Agape First Ministries. He was formerly the Senior Pastor of the Twin Cities Justice House of Prayer and Executive Director of Outpost Ministries. Nate has ministered to the sexually and relationally broken since 2000. He is also a Worship Pastor and has a passion to see night and day prayer and worship fill the Twin Cities. Nate has taught both locally and nationally on issues of gender and the redemptive power of God. He and his wife, two sons and daughter live in Minneapolis, MN.

Website:            https://www.agapefirstministries.org/nate-oyloe

LAURA PERRY Like many who feel trapped in the wrong body, Laura “transitioned” to the opposite sex through irreversible surgeries, hormone injections, and a legal name change. Yet, despite her initial elation at living as a male, her new identity failed to bring her the peace and fulfillment she longed for. Realizing that she was living a lie, what was promised to be freedom had instead become a prison cell.

Website:            https://transgendertotransformed.com/author/admin/

DR. JUDITH REISMAN successfully spent much of her career laying the foundations for deconstructing both ‘soft pornography’ and ‘Kinsey myths’. Her work, uncovering and documenting systemic perversion by well-funded efforts in academia, politics, business and media, sheds light on what spawned the ‘sexual from birth’ dogma and helped to launch the global pollution of classrooms and institutions, our print and broadcast media and, indeed, the internet.

Website:            http://www.drjudithreisman.com/

STEPHEN & HEATHER RUGGERO Wide Awake is a ministry that uses the Bible to acquire healing and wholeness at the root, spiritual level.  Unlike modern counseling, the Bible is used as the main diagnostic tool to ascertain the “thoughts and intents of the heart.” Since it is “living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword”, the Holy Scripture is able to both diagnose and heal.

As a newly married couple in the late 1990’s, our desire was to see healing come to those struggling with sickness and disease. As we sought the Lord on a case-by-case basis, often he would lead us to the root of a person’s problem and, after application, we’d see healing.  

In 2004 our ministry came into its own after a week of training with Dr. Henry Wright’s ministry, Be In Health™.  Those teachings brought us life-changing healing personally.  Since that time, we’ve incorporated those materials into our teaching and experiences to form a seminar.

We are not professional counselors, clergy or professors.  We are Bible-believers responding to the biblical call to minister “one to another”.

Thanks to our loving Father, the Great Author of the Bible, we have seen many set free from physical, mental and emotional sickness. It is His desire that we “be in health and prosper even as our souls prosper.”

Website: WideAwakeTeaching.com

TAMERA SCOTT has served in the public arena for decades.  She currently serves as the Republican National Committeewoman for Iowa.    She lobbies in D.C. and in the Iowa State House as the state director of the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization Concerned Women for America and as a family policy advocate for The FAMiLY Leader.

Since 1998 Tamara has hosted shows on radio and cable TV.  She currently hosts a weekly show online called “Tamara Scott Live” that is broadcast on www.tamarascott.com and 99.3 FM KTIA. She also fills in as a guest host on WHO 1040AM radio.   She is also interviewed frequently by media outlets around the globe and enjoys speaking at conferences across the U.S.

Tamara has served on numerous committees and boards including the Governor’s Fatherhood Initiative Task Force, serving as the president of the Warren County Economic Development Education Foundation, and chair of the Iowa Prayer Breakfast.   In 2009 she was appointed to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights State Advisory Committee.  In 2007 she was listed as one of the Nation’s Top Ten King Makers by Religions News Service.

Tamara believes her most important and influential role is being a mother to four, mother-in-law to three, grandma to two, wife of one, and servant of the one true God.

Website:            http://tamarascott.com/

JON K. UHLER, MS, LPC, has been a professional therapist for over 25 years, working in a wide variety of clinical settings, including outpatient, inpatient, residential, and hospital settings. He spent over 10 years working with adjudicated troubled teens, prior to his 11+ years working with incarcerated men within both medium and maximum prison settings, during which time he evaluated and treated approximately 4000 Low and High Risk sex offenders, including sexually violent predators. He is clinically trained and certified by the PA Dept. of Corrections in the management of both sex offender treatment and dual diagnosis programming. Additionally, he has been certified in the PCL-R, the Static-99R, the PAI, and the TJTA.

​Jon’s clinical specialty is in trauma-based disorders, especially as it relates to the trauma associated with ritualistic sexual abuse.

Blog:     https://www.survivorsupport.us/

Apostle Daryl M. Whiten was appointed to serve as Full Proof Ministries Nondenominational International Church’s Senior Pastor in 2013. Prior to that, he served as Associate Elder of Back to The Bible in Ansonia Connecticut. He graduated from Walden University in 2013 with a Degree in Masters in Public Administration. Apostle Whiten has been happily married for 23 years to his wife, Lady Verbreta Whiten. They have Four Children and Seven Grand Children

Website: https://www.fullproofministries.life/about-us/leadership/