The ITFCC consists of a broad variety of professionals located around the world, who work or specialise in the field of same-sex attraction and gender dysphoria.

Below are some of the core members of the team.

Executive Board

Mike Davidson

Dr. Mike Davidson

Chairman, IFTCC

UK

Mike worked as an academic, staff and student developer at the universities of Rhodes, Nottingham, Surrey and Ulster. He founded the charity, Core Issues Trust in 2007. He produced and directed the feature documentary film, Voices of the Silenced (2018). He actively participates in UK media debate around sexual politics. He is a board member of the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice and Scientific Integrity incorporating the NARTH Institute (Alliance). He was refused certification by the UKCP and BPA and continues to advocate for the rights and freedoms of those leaving homosexuality.

Christl Vonholdt

Dr. Med. Christl Ruth Vonholdt

Vice Chairman, IFTCC

Germany

Christl worked as a paediatrician in Germany, India, and South Africa. Her special interest is child development and attachment theory. She is a former director of the German Institute for Youth and Society. In 2004 she spoke before the Judiciary Committee of the German Bundestag advocating for the rights of children to have both a mother and father. She is a member of the Paediatric Psychosocial Development Committee, an external subcommittee of the American College of Paediatricians.

Dr Peter May

Dr. Med. Peter May

UK

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.

Andrea Williams

Andrea Minichiello Williams

UK

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.

Dermot O'Callaghan

Dermot O’Callaghan

UK

Following an initial career as an engineer after Cambridge, Dermot worked as a management consultant contributing, among others to the National Health sector. He co-authored Beyond Critique, the Misuse of Science by the UK Mental Health Bodies (2013) , is a contributor to various newspaper discussions and follows debates around human sexuality. Dermot has been a member of General Synod the Church of Ireland.

Prof. Carolyn Pela

Professor Carolyn Pela

United States

An active researcher, and chair of the Department of Behavioural and Social Sciences at Arizona Christian University, Carolyn’s doctorate is in psychology. She is licensed in the State of Arizona as a Marriage and Family Therapist with 30 years of experience in the mental health field. She is on the editorial board for the Journal of Human Sexuality and is past president of the Alliance. Carolyn is a clinical member of the AAMFT, CAPS and the Society for the Teaching of Psychology. She is also nationally certified as a Family Life Educator by the National Council on Family Relations.

General Board

Dr Laura Haynes

Dr. Laura Haynes

Psychologist

United States

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.

Jens Fredrik Brenner

Jens Fredrik Brenne

Counsellor

Norway

Jens Fredrik Brenne has been a Prison Chaplain in Eidsberg Prison in Norway for eleven years and has previously been a pastor in different local congregations in Oslo for 23 years. He is a board member of Til Helhet, an interdenominational Christian organisation that helps people struggling with sexual identity and same sex attraction. He holds a Master’s degrees in Theology and in Counselling/Pastoral Clinical Care. He works as a Pastor and a Counsellor, and is married with four adult children.

Clinical and Medical Council

Christl Vonholdt

Dr. Med. Christl Ruth Vonholdt

Paediatrician (retired)

Germany

Christl worked as a paediatrician in Germany, India, and South Africa. Her special interest is child development and attachment theory. She is a former director of the German Institute for Youth and Society. In 2004 she spoke before the Judiciary Committee of the German Bundestag advocating for the rights of children to have both a mother and father. She is a member of the Paediatric Psychosocial Development Committee, an external subcommittee of the American College of Paediatricians.

Keith Vennum

Keith Vennum

Psychiatrist

United States

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

Dr. Anthony Duk

Psychiatrist

United States

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 Peter May

Dr. Med. Peter May

General Practitioner

United Kingdom

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.

Country Representatives

Markus Hoffmann

Markus Hoffmann M.Ed.

IFTCC Representative for Germany

Germany

Studium der Sozialen Arbeit, Studium der praktischen Theologie, Masterstudium Childhood Development, Promovend der Psychologie. Fachwissenschaftlicher Leiter des Studiengangs Leib Bindung Identität – Entwicklungssensible Sexualpädagogik an der Päpstlichen Hochschule Benedikt XVI.; Leiter des Instituts für dialogische und identitätsstiftende Seelsorge und Beratung e.V. Tamm (Germany).

Kristina Malysheva

Kristina Malysheva

IFTCC Representative for Ukraine

Ukraine

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

Dr William Tong

Dr. William Tong

IFTCC Representative for Hong Kong

Hong Kong

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 Prochniewicz

Dr Jolanta Próchniewicz

Psychologist, IFTCC Representative for Poland

Poland

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.