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.
Phil Courson: Board Chair
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!
Debora Barr: Vice Chair
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.
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.
René Martin: Board Member
René Martin is the co-founder and director of Hearts of Hope in Yuba City, California. The mission of Hearts of Hope is to: inform and equip the Church with a compassionate Biblical response to LGBTQ issues; provide support for families with LGBTQ loved ones; and connect strugglers with mentors and resources. She holds a ministerial credential with the Assemblies of God.
René worked in Savings and Loan management before transitioning to a full-time career caring for her family and serving in her church and Christian school. She and her husband, Keith, have five adult children and four grandchildren.
Ron Elmore: Board Member
Ron is a grateful disciple of Jesus Christ, who has been his guide in understanding and healing his same-sex attraction. He has experienced the amazing truth of Ephesians 3:20: “Now do him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations.”
Ron is a native of North Carolina and founded Beyond Imagination Ministry (BIM) in 1996 because of the healing process he began in 1987. Ron is a small group leader for Celebrate Recovery at Raleigh First Assembly. He serves the local and regional Celebrate Recovery community by supporting the local church and being a witness of God’s transformative power for those with unwanted same-sex attraction.
Ron’s background is in pediatric medical management for children needing specialized therapies. He enjoys the beach, his dog Tanner, and opportunities to be Christ’s ambassador to refugees, particularly the Syrian families he has befriended. Ron and his wife Ann Marie live outside of Raleigh, NC and have one son.
Jeff Simunds: Secretary
Jeff Simunds is the founder and director of Tower of Light Ministries, a ministry focused on helping those with unwanted LGBT issues, providing support for parents, and equipping the church on how to have a loving, biblical response to LGBT issues. Jeff has led this ministry for 15 years. Prior to this he worked in mid-management for a high-tech company, as the president of an international humanitarian nonprofit, and as a missions pastor. Jeff has an MBA from the University of Washington as well as degrees in Chemistry and Computer Science.
Jeff is single and loves travel (he’s visited 104+ countries), foreign films, ethnic food, foreign languages, foreign music….. (you get the picture).