Season 1, Episode 1: True Love Waits with Jennifer Knapp

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We start Touch Podcast talking about evangelical sexual purity movements in the 1990’s.  What are the lasting cultural effects of the largest mobilization of evangelical youth in the 20th century?  Hosts Nathanael and Ryan speak with Dove Award winner and two-time Grammy nominee Jennifer Knapp about evangelical sexual purity, shame, and the commercialization of faith.  Learn more about episode 1 here. 

Episode 13 with Joshua Harris

Episode 1 with Jennifer Knapp

Season 1 Guests

Dove Award Winner and Emmy Nominee Jennifer Knapp

Jennifer Knapp

Jennifer Knapp is a Dove Award winner and two-time Grammy Nominee, 2015 Ted Talk speaker, author, and song artist in Nashville, TN. When she’s not occupied with music, or doing advocacy work on behalf of LGBTQ people of faith through her Inside Out Faith organization, she is working on a master’s degree in theological studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School.

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Pastor Amy Mears

Amy Mears has served as one of the pastors of Glendale Baptist Church since November 2004. For the decade prior to coming to Glendale, she served as Chaplain at University Hospital in Augusta, Georgia. She is a South Carolinian, with an undergraduate degree from Furman University, and MDiv and Ph.D. degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Dr. Tina Schermer Sellers, PhD web

Tina Schermer-Sellers

For nearly three decades, Tina Schermer Sellers, Ph.D. has had a distinguished career as an associate professor in the School of Psychology Family and Community at Seattle Pacific University where she is a family therapist, medical family therapist, sex therapist, researcher, speaker, author, and thought leader. She also founded the Northwest Institute on Intimacy and author of Sex, Shame, and the Conservative Church.

Shannon Ethridge Panoramic web

Shannon Ethridge

Shannon Ethridge is a million-copy best-selling author, including The Sexually Confident Wife, The Fantasy Fallacy, and The Passion Principles.  She is an international speaker, certified life coach, and advocate for healthy sexuality with a master’s degree in counseling.  She has been featured on the Today Show and is the Co-host of Sexy Marriage Radio.  Read more about and listen to Shannon's episodes.

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Dr. David Gushee

Dr. David P. Gushee is Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University. Widely regarded as one of the leading moral voices in American Christianity, he is the author or editor of 21 books and hundreds of articles.

Jessica and Josh

Joshua Harris and Jessica Van Der Wyngaard

Since publishing his breakout book, I Kissed Dating Goodbye, at the age of twenty-one, Joshua Harris has enjoyed tremendous publishing success, with total book sales exceeding 2 million copies.  He has now embarked on an ambitious film project titled, "I Survived I Kissed Dating Goodbye" with Aussie filmmaker Jessica Van Der Wyngaard.

Carla Ewert Writer

Carla Ewert

Carla Ewert is a Minneapolis-based writer and speaker. She is a co-creator of She Is Called a national conversation for women who lead. Carla hosts the She Is Called Podcast and Holy Writ Podcast and is a regular panelist on the Christian Feminist Podcast.

Dr. Angela Yarber

Dr. Angela Yarber

Rev. Dr. Angela Yarber is an author, artist, and Executive Director of the Holy Women Icons Project, a non-profit that seeks to empower marginalized women by telling the stories of revolutionary holy women through art, writing, and special events. With a Ph.D. in Art and Religion, she is author of seven books that address the intersections among gender/sexuality, the arts, and religion.

Shawn Warner-Garcia researcher at UC Santa Barbara

Shawn Warner-Garcia

PhD candidate in the Linguistics Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara who specializes in sociocultural linguistics, and research that focuses on the discourses of sexual ethics among Baptists in the United States.


Dr. Kristina Kincaid

Dr. Kincaid is the Director of Integral of Evolutionary Tantra Institute in New York City. IET teaches coaches and mentors individual to take the next step in self-transformation. IET was created to develop cutting-edge Leaders, Projects, and Initiative of conscious collaboration in the world.

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Dr. William Stayton

William Stayton, M.Div., Th.D., Ph.D. is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches of the U.S.A.  He is also a licensed psychologist and AASECT certified sexuality educator and therapist. He is a retired Professor in the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA.

Dr. Megan K. DeFranza of Boston University

Dr. Megan K. DeFranza

Megan DeFranza is a Christian theologian, author, speaker, and facilitator of challenging conversations, especially around Christianity, sex, gender, and sexuality. She is Producing a documentary "Stories of Intersex and Faith" and serves as a Research Associate at the Center for Mind and Culture in Boston. She is best known for her book: "Sex Difference in Christian Theology: Male, Female, and Intersex in the Image of God,"

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