The People

Some of the IFTCC leadership

The IFTCC is led by an Executive and General Board and supported by a range of Professional and Task-Focussed Councils.

Executive Board

Dr. Mike Davidson

Chairman, IFTCC – United Kingdom

Dr. Mike Davidson

For 25 years Mike Davidson, PhD, was employed by several universities in both student and academic professional development. He led the Academic Development Programme for students at Rhodes University. At the Universities of Nottingham and Surrey, he was Director of the Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice for probationary academics. At the University of Ulster, he managed a student development programme for PhD students across four campuses.

In 2014, he was refused certification as a Psychodrama Psychotherapist for supporting and promoting therapeutic choice for individuals leaving unwanted same-sex attractions. He is founder and CEO of Core Issues Trust, co-director of X-Out-Loud, and Chairman of the IFTCC, which advocates for both therapeutic choice and pastoral care for those leaving LGBT identities and living.

Professor Carolyn Pela

Vice Chairman, IFTCC – United States

Professor Carolyn Pela

Prof Carolyn Pela, PhD, is licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Arizona, USA. She specializes in issues related to neurodivergence and gender identity, and assists people interested in exploring sexual attraction fluidity. She has over 35 years of clinical experience, and speaks internationally with a special interest in the application of Narrative Therapy to issues of sexuality and autism. In addition, she is employed as the Dean of online and graduate studies and as a Professor in the Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Arizona Christian University. She serves on several executive councils that support therapeutic choice, education, and research integrity including holding the position of Vice Chair for the IFTCC.

Dr. Med. Peter May

United Kingdom

Dr. Med. Peter May

Peter May MRCS LRCP MRCGP is a General Practitioner in Southampton and was a member of the Church of England General Synod from 1985-2010. He contributes regularly to the Triple Helix, a journal of the Christian Medical Fellowship, and has paid careful attention to the clinical and medical aspects around sexual politics and contributes to the sexual politics debate in media. He is an author and public speaker.

Dr. Laura Haynes

Psychologist – United States

Dr. Laura Haynes

Dr. Laura Haynes is a licensed psychologist, with over 40 years clinical practice experience. She is an author, and reviews peer-reviewed journals. She serves as Chair of Research and Legislative Policy for the National Task Force for Therapy Equality, Consultant for the American College of Pediatricians, and Member of the Research Committee for the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice and Scientific Integrity/NARTH Institute. She is a former regional president of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies and a member of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Haynes has lobbied and testified before legislative committee hearings in several states in the USA on behalf of individuals who have unwanted sexual or gender variations.

General Board

Andrea Minichiello Williams

currently on leave

United Kingdom

Andrea Minichiello Williams

currently on leave

Andrea has practised as a barrister at all levels of the British judicial system. She founded Christian Concern and the Christian Legal Centre, which have run some of the highest profile Christian freedom cases in Europe. She is a leading campaigner and spokeswoman on issues of national importance in the moral life of the nation, and a defender of Christian liberties in the UK parliamentary process, the justice system and the media.

Bryan Shen

Counsellor – Singapore

Bryan Shen

Bryan Shen is a professional counsellor and Supervisor of counsellors registered in Singapore. He works with individuals and families in Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines, many of whom are conservative and religious. He also conducts educational talks to community leaders and religious teachers of all faiths around Asia to help remove misconceptions and prejudices, so that clients deeply hidden with their struggles can feel safer to ask for help. He also conducts courses for professional counsellors, psychologists and leaders of various social-religious groups.

Pastor Elizabeth Woning

United States

Pastor Elizabeth Woning

Co-Founder
Equipped to Love & CHANGED Movement

Rev’d Elizabeth Woning lived as an openly lesbian woman before becoming Co-Founder of Equipped to Love and the CHANGED Movement and is married to her husband Doug. She teaches at The Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry, and is a member of the Moral Revolution team. She holds a master’s degree in Theology and is a licensed pastor at Bethel Church in Redding, CA.

Pastor Ken Williams

United States

Pastor Ken Williams

Co-Founder
Equipped to Love & CHANGED Movement

Pastor Ken Williams is a former homosexual, now co-founder of both Equipped To Love and the CHANGED Movement. Serves Moral Revolution as Lecturer and Minister, and Pastor at Bethel Redding since 2006.

Dr. med. Øyvind Hasting

Norway

Dr. med. Øyvind Hasting

Øyvind Hasting is a licensed psychiatrist, graduating from the University of Oslo in 1979. Since 2013, he has specialised in adult psychiatry. For 16 years he worked as a general surgeon, later as an orthopaedic surgeon. He currently practices as a psychiatrist in the public health system in Norway, educated in psychodynamic psychotherapy, both individually and group therapy.

Clinical and Medical Council

Dr. Med. Andre Van Mol

Family Physician – United States

Dr. Med. Andre Van Mol

Dr. Med. Andre Van Mol is a board-certified family physician. His education includes the University of Southern California, the Medical College of Wisconsin, Charleston Naval Hospital and the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute. He speaks and writes on Bioethics and Christian Apologetics.

Dr. Quentin Van Meter

Pediatrician – United States

Dr. Quentin Van Meter

Dr. Quentin Van Meter (MD FCP) is current president of the American College of Pediatricians. He is a member of the American Board of Pediatrics, and the sub-board of Pediatric Endocrinology.
Dr. Van Meter graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1969. He attended the Medical College of Virginia where he received his medical degree in 1973. Dr. Van Meter did his paediatric internship in 1973 and 1974, and his paediatric residency from 1974 to 1976, at the Naval Regional Medical Center in Oakland, through the University of California, San Francisco. He completed his paediatric endocrinology fellowship from 1978 to 1980 at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and now runs his own Paediatric Clinic.

Dr. Keith Vennum

Psychotherapist – United States

Keith Vennum

Dr. Keith Vennum has been involved with Adult Psychiatry and Mental Health Counseling in Orlando since 2009 to the present. Before that he was Assistant Clinical Instructor in Anesthesiology at the University of Florida, July 1974, and Staff Anesthesiologist Lakeland Regional Medical Center Lakeland, Fl 1979 – 2007. He has also worked briefly in Germany and in Swaziland. He was Chief, Obstetrical Anaesthesiology at Lakeland Regional Medical Centre 1986-2002. Dr Vennum’s postgraduate qualifications are from the University of Florida (Doctor of Medicine, 1971) and Liberty University (Master of Arts Professional Counselling (2009).) Widowed in 2002, Keith has remarried and has five children from his first marriage, four grandsons and two granddaughters.

Dr. Anthony Duk

Psychiatrist – United States

Dr. Anthony Duk

Dr Anthony Duk is board certified adult and general psychiatrist. He received his medical degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine. He is married and describes himself as a traditional Vietnamese Roman Catholic psychiatrist working in the Southern California area. His work integrates philosophy and spirituality into the medication management of patients in order to help them find values and meaning in life. Society best functions by clear understanding and definitions of masculinity and femininity, as does the sanity of many of the patients Dr Duk works with. It is because of his concern for patient well-being that Dr Duk is interested in this area of psychiatry and psychology. He works with the young people in his church community, enjoying a range of activities.

Dr. Med. Peter May

General Practitioner – United Kingdom

Dr. Med. Peter May

Peter May MRCS LRCP MRCGP is a General Practitioner in Southampton and was a member of the Church of England General Synod from 1985-2010. He contributes regularly to the Triple Helix, a journal of the Christian Medical Fellowship, and has paid careful attention to the clinical and medical aspects around sexual politics and contributes to the sexual politics debate in media. He is an author and public speaker.

Dr. Med. Deborah Pitt

Psychiatrist – United Kingdom

Dr. Med. Deborah Pitt

Deborah Pitt is a graduate of St George’s Hospital Medical School, University of London. After internship she did a residency in General Practice. In 1979 she moved to the USA to train in Christian Psychology. She later worked in Family Practice in Washington State, returning to the UK in 1992. After doing a residency in Psychiatry she worked in that field till retirement in 2006. Deborah’s particular interests are in the interface between medicine, psychology and the Christian faith.

Dr. med. Christl Ruth Vonholdt

Pediatrician – Germany

Dr. med. Christl Ruth Vonholdt

Dr. med. Christl Ruth Vonholdt is a retired pediatrician. She obtained her medical training in Germany and is a specialist physician for pediatric and adolescent medicine. As a pediatrician she worked in Germany, lived and worked for several years among black people in South Africa and worked for a short term in India. She obtained a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Her special interest is attachment theory and child development. She did a training as a SAFE® mentor (Secure Attachment Family Education). In 2004, she spoke before the judicial committee of the German Bundestag and advocated for the child’s right to a mother and father.

Science and Research Council

Dr. Christopher Rosik PhD

Clinical Psychologist – United States

Dr. Christopher Rosik PhD

Christopher H. Rosik PhD is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Oregon and earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology. He is currently a psychologist and director of research at Link Care Center in Fresno, California, as well as a clinical faculty member of Fresno Pacific University.

Dr. Rosik has professional interests that include the psychological care of missionaries and clergy, the dissociative disorders, and homosexuality. He has published more than 45 articles in peer reviewed journals on these and other topics. He has served as President of the Western Region of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS) and the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice and Scientific Integrity.

Dr. Elan Kartan PhD

Clinical Psychologist – United States / Israel

Dr. Elan Kartan PhD

Elan Kartan is a Jerusalem based Clinical Psychologist licensed to practice in the State of New York and Israel.

Dr. Laura Haynes

Psychologist – United States

Dr. Laura Haynes

Dr. Laura Haynes is a licensed psychologist, with over 40 years clinical practice experience. She is an author, and reviews peer-reviewed journals. She serves as Chair of Research and Legislative Policy for the National Task Force for Therapy Equality, Consultant for the American College of Pediatricians, and Member of the Research Committee for the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice and Scientific Integrity/NARTH Institute. She is a former regional president of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies and a member of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Haynes has lobbied and testified before legislative committee hearings in several states in the USA on behalf of individuals who have unwanted sexual or gender variations.

Country Representatives

Kristina Malysheva

Psychologist – Ukraine

Kristina Malysheva

Kristina Malysheva is an Existential Consultant and Psychologist, with a Masters in Social Work.

Dr. William Tong

Psychologist – Hong Kong

Dr. William Tong

Dr. Tong is a registered clinical psychologist (HKADCP) in private practice. He founded and chairs the Catholic Researchers Fellowship which is currently transforming into the St. Justin Institute. He was formerly a member of the Pastoral Committee for Same Sex Attraction of the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong and a Commission member of the Diocesan Pastoral Commission for Marriage and the Family. He led the Hong Kong response to “Relatio Synodi – The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization” of the III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.

Dr. Jolanta Próchniewicz

Psychologist – Poland

Dr. Jolanta Próchniewicz

Dr. Jolanta Próchniewicz is Country Representative for the IFTCC in Poland. She is a psychologist, working in Poznań, Poland. Jolanta works closely with Agnieszka Marianowicz-Szczygieł, also a psychologist, who works in Warszawa and Bogna Białecka, also a psychologist, working in Poznań.

Gintautas Vaitoska MD, STL

Medical Doctor – Lithuania

Gintautas Vaitoska MD, STL

Gintautas Vaitoska is a medical doctor specialized in psychiatry in Lithuania. He also holds a licentiate degree in theology and directs the Studies on Marriage and the Family Program at the International Theological Institute in Trumau, Austria.

Shlomo Zalman (Adam) Jessel

Therapist – Israel

Shlomo Zalman (Adam) Jessel

Shlomo Jessel holds a BSc degree in Psychology and an MA in Clinical-Developmental Psychology. He works with individuals and families around the world by phone and Skype, many of whom are struggling with attraction-related issues, sexual and internet addictions, and intimacy issues. He also teaches and supervises therapists individually and in groups. He is a founding member of the Jerusalem Narrative Therapy Institute.

Dr. Laura Haynes

Psychologist – United States

Dr. Laura Haynes

Dr. Laura Haynes is a licensed psychologist, with over 40 years clinical practice experience. She is an author, and reviews peer-reviewed journals. She serves as Chair of Research and Legislative Policy for the National Task Force for Therapy Equality, Consultant for the American College of Pediatricians, and Member of the Research Committee for the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice and Scientific Integrity/NARTH Institute. She is a former regional president of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies and a member of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Haynes has lobbied and testified before legislative committee hearings in several states in the USA on behalf of individuals who have unwanted sexual or gender variations.

Dr. Ann Gillies PhD

Trauma Therapist – Canada

Dr. Ann Gillies PhD

Dr. Gillies has trained jointly in psychology and theology, with a primary therapeutic focus on survivors of Complex Trauma. She has been a trauma therapist for 25 years, with a demonstrated history of working in mental health care; skilled in Non-profit Organizations, Crisis Intervention, Clinical Supervision, Pastoral Counselling, and Anger Management. Ann uniquely blends professional and pastoral care work in the area of trauma. She is author of “The Deep Impact of Complex Trauma On Spirit, Soul & Body The Deep Impact of Complex Trauma On Spirit, Soul & Body”. Ann received her MA (2000) and her PhD (2013) in Professional Counselling from Liberty University

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