Identity Conference

Identity Conference

Plenary 1: Laying the Foundation of Understanding

Patsy Church

Patsy Church is a counsellor, facilitator, coach and a curriculum developer who has worked in independent schools as an English teacher and counsellor, and as a consultant to the corporate sector and civil society organisations. In recent years Patsy has worked primarily for Positive Vibes, a solidarity human rights

organisation that works across the continent, and beyond, with the mission of ending “othering”, discrimination and oppression. She developed a series of workshops for Positive Vibes known as “LILO work-shops” (Looking In, Looking Out) which are therapeutic by design and are for women, sex workers, LGBTI people and others. LILO workshops have gained some recognition in several countries by being included in their National Strategic Plan for ending HIV and AIDS. Developing and facilitating many of these workshops has brought Patsy into contact with hundreds of LGBTI people from across the continent whose stories of personal anguish and trauma but also of resilience and hope, have been deeply inspiring. Patsy’s work has taken her to Southern, East and West Africa, the Middle East and North Africa as well as the UK and Denmark. Recently Patsy, on behalf of Positive Vibes and in partnership with the Norwegian LGBTI organisation FRI and the Global Interfaith Network (GIN), designed and co-authored a workshop entitled “Hearts set on Pilgrimage” which prepares LGBTI people of faith to enter into dialogue with church leaders through the Southern African Council of Churches. Patsy has a strong personal faith, is married to Rob and has three children. She is South African but spent 10 years living in Namibia where her husband was headmaster of an independent school. She currently lives in Durban with her family but consults further afield
Plenary 2: The Canada Experience, Director: ACSI Eastern Canada

Mark Kennedy

Graduate of Upper Canada College, York University (B.A. Sociology), Toronto Teachers College, Canadian Securities Institute (qualification to become a stock broker) Speaks English, French and Latin Founding principal of 4 Christian schools Christian school

principal for 19 years Oversees the ACSI office in Haiti Speaker at Conferences in Canada, the U.S., Haiti,. Dominican Republic, Panama, Senegal and RussiaContributing author: The Handbook for Christian Living Author of many articles in Christian School Educator magazine and other publications. Working on a book about worldviews of great authors. Canoe tripping guide and wilderness outfitter for over 40 summers. Longest serving ACSI staff member (over 29 years and counting as Director for ACSI Eastern Canada) Married to Virginia for 40 years, Daughters Yvonne and Ellie both involved in Christian schooling, grandchildren Kiera, Levi – both in Christian schools, Gideon, Anna and James– under school age. 2 dogs –Gus the Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Sofie the Golden Retriever.
Plenary 3: Genetic and epigenetic factors underlying sex differences

Matladi Ndluvo

Matladi Ndlovu (PhD) is a dynamic molecular biologist with in-depth knowledge of immunology, epigenetics & related technologies, a key note speaker with awards for outstanding talks, with over 600 citations of her many publications. She has contributed to the strategic collaborations between South Africa and the

European Union in Science & Technology (EU Commission DG RTD & networks) and has connected her company with South Africa and Ghana. Matladi is originally from Lesotho but has been studying and working in Belgium since 2001.
Plenary 4: God’s Word , Vineyard Church

Ps Alexander Venter

Alexander is married to Gilli and they have two adult children. The Venter’s lived in intentional Christian community for 23 years on “The Field”, south of Johannesburg. Since 2013 to 2018 they have been pastoring a Vineyard church called Following Jesus in Northern Johannesburg, where they now reside. Alexander was ordained to the ministry in 1975 and has planted and pastored churches in Zimbabwe, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Soweto.

In 1982 he spent 8 months working closely with John Wimber.
He travels broadly teaching conferences, leading spiritual retreats, and doing leadership training. He has authored three companion books, Doing Church, Doing Reconciliation and Doing Healing.

Plenary 5: Biblical Worldview for Sexual Identity Development, El Shaddai Church CT

Ps Andre Webster

Andre Webster is a Pastor, worship leader, edu-cator and sexuality counsellor. He is married with two grown children and many spiritual children. Andre qualified with an Honours Degree in Hu-man Movement Studies followed by a teaching diploma and went on to teach English in a local high School for five years. After a detour into medical sales, he had the privilege of pioneering a High School under the ministry of El Shaddai Christian Church.

A passion of his, which has left a bit of a legacy at El Shaddai Christian School, is the educating of parents on how to impart identity and destiny to their children. His heart for helping young people find  adventure in following Jesus, catalysed the organisation of local and interna-tional outreach, so young believers could risk in faith and grow in their walk with Jesus. He went on to pioneer a gap year leadership programme for 5 years. In fathering young people, he noticed how sexual brokenness and lack of identity often inhibited willingness for leadership. The scarcity of information on healthy sexuality from a Biblical worldview, launched him into studying Sexology and he completed his Bachelor’s degree in 2016. Currently he is completing his Masters and is counselling and educating from a sex-positive, Biblical covenantal view, under the banner of ‘Wonderfully Made’, and will be starting a church-based sexuality ministry. He has created discipleship material for a 6-week support group for family members of those caught in same sex attraction.His book, “Defusing the power of pornography” is being edited and should be published by March 2019. He has given seminars on: • Counselling Porn addicts, • ‘Raising sexually Healthy children’, • ‘Understanding Intimacy, and • ‘Great Sexpectations’ for married couples.
Plenary 6: Inclusive and Affirmative Ministries Director: IAM

Rev Ecclesia de Lange

Rev Ecclesia de Lange is an ordained minister of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa (MCSA). She holds a Comprehensive Honours degree in Theology from the University of Southern Africa (UNISA) and a Masters degree in Social Science from the University of Cape Town (UCT).

After announcing to her congregation that she was going to marry her same-sex life partner, Ecclesia was charged, suspended, disciplined and discontinued as a Methodist minister in February 2010. She has been involved with IAM part-time since 2011 and became a full-time staff member in 2014 and was appointed as director from June 2017.
Plenary 8: An African Perspective, Good News Community Church, PE

Ps Afrika Mhlope

Afrika Mhlophe is the leading pastor of Good News Community Church, Port Elizabeth. He ministers in various platforms in South Africa and abroad, including being a regular speaker a various Mighty Men conferences. Afrika is the author of three books: ‘Christianity and the Veneration of Ancestors – Should a Christian consult the dead?’, ‘Freed by God but Imprisoned by Culture and ‘A Passion for Positions.’
He is a chairperson of Gateway News, an online Christian news portal and is an associate member of African Enterprise (AE). He is married to Lindelwa Mhlophe and they are blessed with two children – an 9 year old son and a 6 year old daughter.

Breakaway speaker

Dumisane Dube

is a former high school teacher and a Zimbabwean living in South Africa. A Christian, Catholic and a human rights activist, Dube has a passion in fighting for LGBTI rights across all spectrums. Dube has been involved in the LGBTI activism for the past 20 years. Having worked for an LGBTI organisation in Zimbabwe from 1998.

He has a wide range of experience in campaigning for LGBTI rights in different religious houses. He is also actively involved in issues of HIV/Aids within the LGBTI and MSM sectors. Currently he is involved in train-ing NGOs and religious sectors on the Protection and Prevention of Sexual Minority Refugees’ survivors of Sexual Gender Based Violence. Dumisani is also working as a communications and advocacy consultant. He is the founder and Director of Dialogues for Change, an Non-Profit Organisation that seeks to facilitate dialogue within religious leaders and the sexual minorities.

Breakaway speaker

Vernon Foster

The Reverend Canon Vernon Foster grew up in Pretoria, and continues to live in Pretoria while he dreams about sailing around the world. He matriculated at Pretoria Boys’ High School in 1990. He is a self-taught flutist who enjoys all sorts of music genres. He enjoys reading fiction and travelogues.
He is a board member of Out Well-being, an organisation that provides direct health services to the lesbian, gay,

bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, MSM, sex workers, and injecting drug users, including HIV testing, counselling, treatment and general lifestyle advice and support.
He is particularly passionate about the Church being an inclusive and affirming place where people can come to be fed and affirmed as God’s beloved regardless of who they are or where their lives have taken them.
Vernon was made Deacon in 2006 in the Diocese of Pretoria and ordained priest in 2008. In the first two years of his ministry, being licenced under the Parish of Corpus Christi (Garsfontein), assisted in planting a new parish in Equestria. He was then made Rector of Trinity Church in Lynnwood, serving in that capacity for 9 years, and returned to Corpus Christi as Rector at the beginning of 2018. Vernon is serving his second term as a Canon of the Cathedral, having been elected in 2014 and then again in 2017. His portfolio on Chapter deals with matters pertaining to Gender and Human Sexuality.
His Academic qualifications include a Diploma in Theology from the College of the Transfiguration, BA Theology from the University of Pretoria and an Honours Bachelor of Theology (Practical Theology) from the University of South Africa.

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