Anne Paulk: Executive Director / Board Member
Anne Paulk brings more than two decades as an author, speaker, spokesperson and advocate for men and women struggling with unwanted same-sex attractions to her role as executive director of Restored Hope Network. Her mission in leading the organization is to, quite literally, restore hope to those broken by sexual and relational sin, especially those impacted by homosexuality.
“I do this work because of the work the Lord has done in me,” Paulk explains. “I know it’s possible to be set free from sexual confusion and sin because that is my testimony. It is the testimony of thousands just like me. We at Restored Hope want to make sure all who seek the same healing we’ve experienced through submitting to Jesus can have it be their testimony, too.”
Central to Restored Hope’s mission is the counsel and resources it offers to equip the church to impart that transformative power of Christ. Paulk has spotlighted that power in thousands of television, radio and magazine interviews that she began doing in the ‘90s and continues to do today. She has appeared on Oprah, Good Morning America, The CBS Evening News, The 700 Club and Focus on the Family and been profiled by People magazine and Newsweek – which put her on its cover.
Paulk has also spoken at Love Won Out conferences, the Southern Baptist Convention’s Clarity Conference, Western Seminary, the National Religious Broadcasters convention and Focus on the Family’s Pastor and Pregnancy Resource Center conferences.
She has appeared on Focus on the Family Radio, Dr. James Dobson’s FamilyTalk, In the Market with Janet Parshall, Equipped with Chris Brooks (Moody Radio), Dr. Michael L. Brown’s In The Line of Fire, Janet Mefferd Live (SRN/AFR), Joni and Friends, Table Talk (Daystar TV), Total Living Network with Jerry Rose, Focal Point with Brian Fischer, and The Georgene Rice Show (SRN), among others. Her story of redemption has also been features in documentaries, including Such Were Some of You (Pure Passion TV/2014).
She is the author of Restoring Sexual Identity: Hope for Women Who Struggle with Same-Sex Attraction (Harvest House Publishers) and co-author of Love Won Out (Focus on the Family), She also has written for Spirit Led Woman, Charisma and The Gospel Coalition.
Paulk, who lives in Colorado, enjoys dark chocolate, laughing with friends and family, serving at her church, skiing and the beautiful outdoors. Her greatest joy is being mom to her three sons.
Dee Barnes: Board Chair
Dee Barnes has been ministering to the Body of Christ in the areas of sexuality and family for over 17 years. She has served as the coordinator for the healing discipleship program Living Waters by Desert Stream Ministries, board member of Resurrection Life Ministries in Atlanta, GA, speaker at the University of the Nations in Kona, Hawaii for Youth With a Mission, and is the Founder and Director of His Wonderful Works (HWW). HWW is a ministry to Christians seeking understanding, teaching and counsel concerning family, relationships and sexuality.
Dee’s testimony and teaching have encouraged many congregations in the Truth of God’s transforming power. Her transparency opens the door for many to be set free from the shame that binds them and her teaching brings understanding to many issues including God’s plan for family, healthy relationships, sexual sin, homosexuality, sexual abuse and pornography addiction. Dee lives in Covington, GA with her husband Rodney and their three children, Ian, Joel and Olivia.
Garry Ingraham: Vice Chair
Garry Ingraham is the executive director of Love & Truth Network, equipping Christian leaders to develop safe and transformational environments for relationally and sexual broken people (most of us in the Church) and Transforming Congregations – a ministry outreach of Good News. The mission of Transforming Congregations is “equipping the Church to model and minister sanctified sexuality” by offering educational resources intended to instruct United Methodists about the church’s teaching on human sexuality and to bring forgiveness, healing, and transformation to those who are experiencing sexual brokenness.
Prior to the launch of Love & Truth Network, Garry served as the pastor of Soul-Care Ministries, working on a pastoral team for a large church in upstate NY for twelve years.
Garry is married to Melissa Ingraham (LMHC). They are the proud parents of two young boys. Together they serve in a variety of teaching and ministry capacities, as well as the NE Regional Coordinators for Desert Stream/Living Waters.
Debora Barr: Secretary
Debora Barr serves as an Associate Pastor at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden (FBCG) in Maryland, just outside of Washington D.C., and is the Director of the All Things New Ministry at FBCG. She is the author of All Things New: a former lesbian’s lifelong search for love, All Things New a Discipleship Ministry for Healing, All Things New a Discipleship Ministry for Life Transformation, and Life Transformation Day by Day a 31 day devotional. Debora has been ministering to those impacted by same-sex-attraction and sexual brokenness since 2010. She is the founder of DBarr Ministries LLC and regularly shares her testimony, preaches, teaches and ministers to the Body of Christ by helping encourage people to develop their own personal relationship with Jesus Christ for life-transformation.
Debora holds a Juris Doctor Law Degree and is currently working on her Master of Divinity with Denver Seminary, where she also serves as the Director of the Washington D.C. Extension Campus for Denver Seminary.
Carl Conli: Treasurer
Carl Conli has been ministering to people with sexual and relational brokenness for more than 25 years. He is the founder and director of HIS Ministries, a ministry to people with unwanted same sex attraction and their families, at Harbor Church in Folsom, CA. He also serves as the local coordinator for Living Waters, a discipleship and healing ministry of Desert Stream Ministries. His biggest joy is to witness the transformation and healing that only the Lord can bring to hurting men and women. He also enjoys mentoring young men to become Christian leaders. Carl has a background in nursing and health care administration, and has served as an executive pastor for 15 years.
Carl is married to Margaret, his college sweetheart. They have four adult children and a precious granddaughter.
Phil Courson: Board Member
Phil Courson is the Founding and Senior Pastor of Abundant Grace Community Church in Gainesville, FL. He has been in pastoral ministry for over 30 years. Throughout his time in ministry, he has counseled and cared for people with sexual and relational brokenness.
He loves to see the power of God take broken people (like himself) and turn them into freedom walking, life empowering believers for the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Phil is married to Kay (July 1982) and they have 5 children and 1 grandson. Phil enjoys most sports, reading books and spending time with Kay and his family, especially his grandson!
Gene Eggman: Board Member
Gene and his wife, Anita are co-directors of about H.O.P.E. (HEAL OUR PAIN EL SHADDAI), a ministry of Cross Church in Northwest Arkansas. about H.O.P.E. is a parents’ group that has also has a blend of “overcomers” who do ministry and community together. The ministry group was founded 19+ years ago by Ted and Jan Schneider. The Eggmans have been serving as co-directors with them for the last 9 years and have been part of the support group for the last 15 years.
Professionally, Gene has over 35 years of Human Resource generalist experience which includes a diverse background in working with Fortune 100 to smaller start-up companies. He most recently worked for a large manufacturing corporation as their Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Governmental Affairs utilizing his HR generalist experience, leadership and networking to execute his 5-year plan in building out their corporate HR function.
Gene and Anita have four adult children and 11 grandchildren.