Incredibly sheltered as a Christian child, Alice’s parents didn’t talk about sex, let alone pornography. They believed she didn’t need to know about sex until after she was married, and any questions which related to the topic were quickly shut down. She first viewed porn and began obsessively sexually acting out when she was twelve. She returned to it when she was eighteen and it was a messy five years to find real freedom from her addiction. “Instead of isolating myself in a digital world of sex, these days I spend my time writing blogs and speaking about women’s struggles with pornography, masturbation and sex. I share my testimony and seek to support other women in recovery. It’s incredibly healing to do this and a great blessing and sign of how far God has brought me.”
Phil is an entrepreneur, Christian blogger, writer, preacher, evangelist and international mission senior executive. Before she became a Christian (in her 40s) she used to own a sex toys business… and then wondered if it was suitable once she’d met Jesus! Her pastor said, “I recommend them in all my pre-marriage courses,” but what Phil discovered was not all Christians were so open talking about sexuality and intimate relations. So the seed of the Ministry of Sex was planted.
Four years on, asking the same pastor a forthright question about her and her husband’s sexual relations, he spluttered and said, “You can’t ask me that, you’re a woman..and I’m a man.” What?!
And so the Ministry of Sex seed flowered: to be the place where people could ask such questions – and more!
Passionate about preventing domestic and intimate partner violence, Phil believes open, engaging dialogue about sex is part of God’s beautiful design.
Jenelle Bateman has worked with parents and adolescents for over 20 years in a mentoring, group facilitation, speaking/teaching and a leadership capacity.
Jenelle is passionate about creating safe environments for people to explore their issues, discover their potential and connect with hope. She has experience working with children on the Autism Spectrum and their families and has seen the positive impact therapy can have for them. Jenelle’s experience includes working with individuals, couples, children and adolescents who have presented with issues such as grief, trauma, D.I.D, attachment trauma, anxiety, depression, postnatal depression and relationship difficulties.
Using an integrated approach, Jenelle draws from interpersonal therapy, person-centred therapy, emotionally focused therapy, attachment theory, gestalt therapy, cognitive therapies, systems theory and creative therapies, to create a caring, confidential, collaborative environment unique to the individual.
Megan Powell Du Toit