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Ron Belgau is in the PhD program in philosophy at St. Louis University, where he teaches Ethics, Medical Ethics, Philosophy of Religion, and Philosophy of the Human Person. He also spent the 2009-2010 school year at the University of Notre Dame as a research assistant at the Center for Philosophy of Religion. He has served on the steering committees for Bridges Across the Divide and the Seattle Archdiocesan Gay and Lesbian Ministry, as a group leader for Multifaith AIDS Projects, and as leader of the Gay Christian Network’s celibacy support forum.
He has spoken around the country for more than a decade, and has written for New Oxford Review, Notre Dame Magazine, First Things, and Spiritual Friendship. His essay for Notre Dame Magazine, “My Alternative Lifestyle” shared first place in the Catholic Press Association’s “Best investigative writing or analysis” category in 2005. Many of his essays and speeches are available at CityofGod.net.
Wesley Hill is Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at Trinity School for Ministry in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received his B.A. from Wheaton College and his M.A. and PhD in New Testament from Durham University, U.K. He is the author of Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality (Zondervan, 2010) and is currently working on a book on spiritual friendship for Brazos Press, due out in 2015.
Joshua Gonnerman was raised in the “Word of Faith” branch of charismatic Christianity. His parents were missionaries, and he lived with them in Russia and Portugal. He was received into the Roman Catholic Church on St. Joseph’s feast day. He is an alumnus of Thomas Aquinas College. He received a Master’s in systematic theology from the University of Toronto, where he wrote a thesis on Aquinas’ metaphysics of the Incarnation. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in historical theology at the Catholic University of America, where his research focuses on Augustine’s doctrine of grace. He has written and blogged for Catholic and Christian publications; to date, these include First Things, Spiritual Friendship, PRISM Magazine, and Ethika Politika
Kyle Keating is a teacher of history and theology at Providence Classical Christian Academy in St. Louis, Missouri. In May 2010, he married his lovely wife Christy, who also teaches in the St. Louis area. He worships at South City Church (PCA). He anticipates graduating with his Masters of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary in May 2014. In addition to writing for Spiritual Friendship, Kyle has spent the past six years speaking to numerous high school and college groups, and at many local churches on the topic of homosexuality and Christianity.
Melinda Selmys is the author of Sexual Authenticity: An Intimate Reflection on Homosexuality and Catholicism, and Sexual Authenticity: More Reflections. She’s been writing about the intersection of faith and sexuality for over 13 years, and her work has appeared in over a dozen Catholic and interdenominational publications including First Things, National Catholic Register, This Rock and Faith & Family. Melinda has presented for Notre Dame’s Edith Stein Conference, the Madonna House leadership, the 2012 Courage Conference and for various parish and youth organizations. She’s appeared on EWTN and on Renewal Ministry’s “The Choices We Face,” and has been a guest on a number of Catholic radio programs including Catholic Answers Live. Melinda is available to speak on pretty much any topic relating to sexuality including outreach to the LGBTQ community, mixed-orientation marriage, and trans/gender issues. She has never given the same presentation twice, and crafts a unique talk for each audience tailored to their individual needs.
Melinda travels from Ontario, Canada.