Meet our speakers
Eve Sellers (born 1978) is a lesbian Catholic author, blogger, and speaker. In addition to publishing a book, she has a blog and has written for The American Spectator, Commonweal, National Catholic Register, National Review, and The Washington Blade. As of 2010, she lives in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC.
Tushnet came out as a lesbian around the age of 13 or 14, and her family was supportive. She entered Yale University in 1996 as “a happy lesbian.” Raised in a “secular Jewish” household, she converted to Catholicism in 1998 at the age of 19 during her sophomore year.
Her father is Mark Tushnet and her mother is Elizabeth Alexander, who directs the National Prison Project of the American Civil Liberties Union. Her sister Rebecca Tushnet is a professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center.
Tushnet is celibate due to the Catholic Church’s ban on sex outside heterosexual marriage. She does not support same-sex marriage, having stated that marriage should be reserved for heterosexuals, whose “relationships can be either uniquely dangerous or uniquely fruitful. Thus it makes sense to have an institution dedicated to structuring and channeling them.”
Nate Collins (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) has served as an instructor of New Testament Interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and currently is a partner associate at The Sight Ministry, a Christian organization based in Nashville, Tennessee, that provides resources and support for individuals, families, and churches regarding LGBT issues. Nate is also the author of All But Invisible: Exploring Identity Questions at the Intersection of Faith, Gender, and Sexuality (Zondervan, 2017). Speaking from his own unique experience as a married, same-sex-attracted/gay man who is a husband, father, and follower of Christ, he is a vocal proponent of extending and receiving community with LGBT individuals both inside and outside the Church. He has been married to his wife, Sara, for thirteen years, and they have three young sons.
Gregory Coles is a tangle of identities: born in upstate New York, raised on the Indonesian island of Java, and now a PhD candidate studying English in central Pennsylvania. He has been in love with language since age 8, when he started learning his older brother’s SAT vocabulary words and reading Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
Greg’s fiction and expository writing have been published by Penguin Random House and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and he writes regularly for Crosswalk.com about his obsession with Jesus. His academic research on rhetorics of marginality (how language works in society for disadvantaged groups) has appeared in College English. His book Single, Gay, Christian: A Personal Journey of Faith and Sexual Identity was published by InterVarsity Press in August 2017.
When he isn’t writing or teaching, Greg can usually be found playing piano at a local church, dabbling in songwriting, jogging, or whipping up 11-pound batches of buttercream icing at his favorite bakery.
Assistant Professor of biblical studies at Trinity School for Ministry
Wesley Hill (PhD, MA Durham University, UK; BA, Wheaton College, IL) is assistant professor of biblical studies at Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pennsylvania. He is the author of Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality (Zondervan, second edition 2016), Paul and the Trinity: Persons, Relations, and the Pauline Letters (Eerdmans, 2015), and Spiritual Friendship: Finding Love in the Church as a Celibate Gay Christian (Brazos, 2015). He is on the editorial board for Christianity Today and writes regularly for that magazine as well as for Books & Culture, First Things, and other publications. In 2014, Christianity Today included him in a list of “33 Under 33” Christian leaders shaping the next generation of ministry. He has spoken to audiences at multiple seminaries and Christian universities, in the U.S. and abroad.
Preston is a biblical scholar, an international speaker, and a New York Times bestselling author who has written numerous books including People to Be Loved: Why Homosexuality Is Not Just an Issue (Zondervan) and Living in a Gray World: A Christian Teen’s Guide to Homosexuality (Zondervan). He also served as the general editor for the new Two Views on Homosexuality, the Bible, and the Church (Zondervan). Preston has given talks to thousands of people worldwide on the topic of faith, sexuality and gender. He and his wife, Chris, and their four children live in Boise, Idaho.
executive director of Hole in my Heart Ministries
Laurie Krieg is the founder and the executive director of Hole in my Heart Ministries, a compassionate teaching, writing, and mentoring ministry for people wrestling with issues related to sexuality. Laurie daily submits her broken same-sex sexuality to the lordship of Christ while married to her best friend (Matt Krieg), and comes alive sharing how and why she does that.
Women's Ministry Director for First Light
Dawn Jones is a counselor, speaker, and teacher from St. Louis, MO. She currently serves as the Women’s Ministry Director for First Light, a St. Louis based ministry that helps couples and individuals heal from the impacts of sexual brokenness. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Trauma Studies Certificate from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. She obtained a Master of Arts in Counseling from Covenant Theological Seminary and is in the process of completing a Master of Divinity. She has a deep desire to help those who are broken find wholeness and those who are afraid find peace. In all that she does, she hopes to help others see their worth and live a full robust life in Christ.