Dr. Ted Roberts
Update on Dr. Ted Roberts’ Availability for Speaking Engagements
Dr. Ted continues to counsel PD clients and write PD branded materials. These recovery resources will include a marriage recovery book and relapse prevention manual. Dr. Ted’s commitment to developing these resources, plus his responsibilities to counseling clients will limit his availability for speaking engagements and travel.
Dr. Ted Roberts served as a USMC fighter pilot and platoon leader, flying close air support missions. In 1970 Dr. Ted Roberts met Jesus Christ in a bunker while under a rocket attack in Vietnam. Dr. Ted eventually finished his tour in the Marine Corps Squadron VMA-311. Upon returning to the United States, Dr. Ted served as a safety officer and flight instructor in Training Squadron VT-21 and attended Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.
Academic & Ministry
In 1976 the Lord suddenly and unexpectedly changed the course of Dr. Ted’s life by calling him into ministry. Having already graduated with honors in math and astrophysics, Dr. Ted earned his master's degree at Asbury Theological Seminary and his doctorate from Western Conservative Theological Seminary. Dr. Ted has served in numerous ministry leadership positions that include Founder of Pure Desire Ministries International, Bible college academic dean, and Senior Pastor of East Hill Church in Gresham, Oregon for 23 years. Under Dr. Ted’s leadership, East Hill Church grew to over 7,000 members, despite being in one of the most unchurched areas of the country.
Connection with PD
In 2007 Dr. Ted stepped away from the pulpit to engage in a new battle and to commit his time and energy to the development of Pure Desire Ministries International. This time around, the battle was for sexual purity and healing in the church. Dr. Ted has authored twelve books that include the bestseller, Pure Desire, and the addiction recovery workbook, Seven Pillars of Freedom.
Dr. Ted is a certified sex addiction and multiple addiction professional. He worked closely with the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP) and Dr. Patrick Carnes to create an officially recognized designation for pastors (PSAP) who work in the field of sex addiction treatment.
In 2013 Dr. Ted hosted and co-wrote the educational video series titled the Conquer Series. The series was named Christian Film Database’s favorite Christian documentary of 2014.
Presently, Dr. Ted is limiting his speaking engagements as he continues to write and counsel. His current writings in development are a marriage restoration book and relapse prevention manual.
When not working, Dr. Ted can be found working out in the gym, riding his bike, or spending time with his wife Diane, their adult children, and four grandchildren.
Diane’s ministry experience began with evangelism to teens through Teen Challenge in the early ‘70s. Diane and her husband, Dr. Ted, hosted Bible studies in their home and pastored at a number of churches before pastoring East Hill Church in Gresham, Oregon for twenty-four years. Diane’s leadership experience includes Women’s Ministry Director and Pastor at East Hill Church. Diane developed and oversaw healing groups for women that were originally named Betrayed Heart and Accept No Substitute. Diane has been involved in pastoral counseling for thirty years. She has taught and preached on sexual addiction, healing, trauma, marriage, and parenting. Currently, Diane and Dr. Ted travel across the US and around the world training men and women on issues related to Pure Desire Ministries.
Diane graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education from California Polytechnic University in California and received her teaching license in the state of Arizona.
Diane taught in public and private Christian schools for seven years. She also helped write curriculum for elementary-age students in private Christian schools. Licensed and ordained in the Foursquare Church, Diane has contributed to several books including: Sexy Christians (authored with her husband, Dr. Ted), Pure Desire, and Peace Beyond the Tears. Diane co-authored Behind the Mask for teens and college-age women. Diane has also written the recovery workbook series titled Betrayal and Beyond for women struggling with betrayal and the Eight Pillars of Freedom for women with love addiction and sexual issues.
Connection with PD
Dr. Ted and Diane started Pure Desire in the late ‘00s at East Hill Church when a number of pastors and their wives came for healing of sexual issues. Diane and Dr. Ted soon started training men and women to take Pure Desire into other churches in the Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington areas. The two have always had a heart for men and women who are caught in sexual bondage and felt God was leading them to help create groups in the local church.
Diane is a first generation Christian raised by a mom who was Jewish and a dad who was Greek Orthodox. Diane has a younger brother and lived her early years in California before marrying Dr. Ted after college. The two traveled to many duty stations. Before having children, Diane worked for Head Start in Mississippi, taught remedial reading in Texas, and taught a 5th grade class for two years in Arizona, while Ted was in Vietnam. When her husband returned, the two were stationed in Texas where they ministered to pilots and their families and young people on the streets through Teen Challenge. The couple would travel and pastor churches in Oregon, Washington, and California. In 1984 the two were assigned to East Hill Church in Gresham, Oregon and pastored as the senior pastors there for twenty-four years. Diane and Ted have two children and four grandchildren. Their daughter, Nichole, and her husband, Jason, are now the lead pastors of East Hill Church and their son, Bryan, is the Executive Director of Pure Desire Ministries International.
Diane enjoys decorating and design, visiting the beach, and meeting with friends. Diane’s favorite activity is ministering with Dr. Ted.
Why Diane is involved in PD ministry
Diane has a heart for the brokenhearted who lack the tools and the help to overcome sexual addiction. Diane loves to see men and women who have the same heart be trained and released to multiply the ministry of Pure Desire.
Nick has served at East Hills Alliance Church in Kelso, Washington since 2001. Nick’s work in ministry began as an intern. He then served as Associate Pastor of Worship and Small Groups for three years and as Interim Senior Pastor for one year. In 2005 he became Lead Pastor. Nick is a third-generation pastor, and faith runs deep in his family. Nick’s grandfather was saved at age ten at the rural Alliance Church in Boone, Idaho, and the family has been in the Alliance ever since. Nick’s Uncle John, who is now president of the CMA, was influential in helping Nick see ministry as a real possibility.
Nick earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Pastoral Ministry from Crown College in St. Bonifacius, Minnesota in 2001 and a Master of Divinity from Bethel University, St. Paul, Minnesota in 2010.
For a decade, Nick was an assistant track coach at R.A. Long High School in Longview, Washington and was the head cross country coach for five years from 2005-2010.
Connection with PD
While in college, Nick read the book Pure Desire, but discovered trying to put the principles into practice in isolation only led to further discouragement. Dr. Ted Roberts came to the Alliance NW Conference in 2010, as Nick’s district leadership rolled out a process to help pastors. Nick and Michelle were the only ones to begin the program and according to Nick, “It radically changed our lives.” Nick was set fully free from his addiction and, in April 2011, made a public disclosure to his church. This led to further forgiveness and healing, and launched Pure Desire groups at the church for men, and Betrayed Hearts groups for women. Continuing to lead groups to this day, Nick, Michelle, and the church have helped dozens and dozens of men and women find healing from brokenness. Nick will share his story openly any chance he gets. The couple have had the privilege to share their path to freedom at numerous conferences. Nick wrote the book Setting Us Free in 2013 as an avenue to help other men and women find help, hope, and healing.
Nick was born in Greybull, Wyoming where his dad pastored the CMA church. In 1990 the Stumbo family moved to Helena, Montana, where Nick graduated high school. Nick’s father has led the CMA church in Helena for twenty-five years, and his mother is a registered nurse. Nick met his wife, Michelle, at Crown College and the two were married in 2000. Michelle is a school teacher in the public school system. The couple have four children.
Nick is an avid runner. While he runs, Nick will pray, prepare sermons, listen to podcasts, and work out problems. Nick has completed seven marathons and one ultramarathon. He ran the Boston Marathon in 2003 and has qualified five different times. Mowing the lawn, drinking strong coffee, golfing, fishing, and watching gushy movies with his wife are activities that Nick enjoys. Nick looks forward to joining his dad and cousins on a Wyoming deer hunt for the first time in thirty years!
Why Nick is involved in PD ministry
Because it works. Because our culture is so wrecked by sexual sin, and the church isn’t yet equipped to help be an agent of healing. Pure Desire takes churches out of the ‘try harder’ approach and gives them a ministry to truly help set people free. Nick strongly believes that if the church doesn’t figure out how to embrace the sexual brokenness of our culture, it will be rendered ineffective within a decade, having no answers for society’s greatest struggle. But Nick believes the church can become a place of healing and Pure Desire is leading the way.
Heather has her Master’s degree in Criminal Justice, in Criminal Behavior from Tiffin University in Tiffin, Ohio. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon.
Heather is an Adjunct Professor at Central Oregon Community College, teaching both Criminal Justice and Psychology courses in Redmond and Madras Oregon. She teaches on a variety of topics: Introductory courses to Criminal and Juvenile Justice, courses on the Judicial System, as well as courses such as The Psychology of Violence and Aggression, and a course on Serial Killer Pathology.
Within her role as an instructor, Heather enjoys program and curriculum development, improving the Criminal Justice program through the creation of new courses. At the college, she is involved in the development and facilitation of the new student orientation, as well as overseeing Criminal Justice Club events on campus and with community collaboration.
Raised in a healthy Christian home, with first-generation Christian parents, being involved in ministry was part of Heather’s family culture, whether it meant serving in the nursery Sunday mornings, setting up chairs and tables for an event or painting the church. If there was a need, her family was there.
In high school, Heather was involved with Young Life and became a small group leader after graduation, ministering to young women at Gresham High School. Over the years, Heather has served as the Director of Women’s Ministries, as well as other supporting roles in the church.
Heather was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. The majority of her family - her parents, three siblings, their spouses, their children, their children’s spouses and their grandchildren – all still live in the surrounding Portland area. There are 32 members in her family and counting.
Heather and her husband, Michael, live in Central Oregon. They have three adult sons; two serving in the military and one currently in college.
When Heather is not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son, going for walks and bike rides, hiking Smith Rock and watching movies. In her spare time, she also enjoys reading and writing.
Connection with PD
In 2014, Heather attended a Pure Desire University. She was so impressed with the level of science used to describe the effects of neurochemistry in the brain and its association with addictive behavior. The Pure Desire approach to combining Biblical truths with scientific research is phenomenal. People in the church need to understand that sexual addiction, like many other addictions, have a strong biological basis; it is not simply a moral issue.
Since 2014, Heather has done copyediting on many Pure Desire publications, including several revised books and the newly revised Seven Pillars Workbook, Journal, and Leader’s Guide.
As a single mom of twins, Ashley earned her Medical Assistant Certification: A year-long program, during which she worked three jobs to make ends meet and still graduated with honors.
Ashley started volunteering in church when she was 16, helping to mentor elementary kids at a Union Gospel Mission camp for underprivileged kids, as well as volunteering and leading worship for kids in the A.W.A.N.A. program.
Since then, Ashley has led small groups for young adults and taught Sunday school. At Lake City Church, Ashley has continued her ministry by volunteering with the children’s ministry and serving as a life group leader and mentor for teen girls in the youth program. She has led Behind the Mask for high school girls and college interns, both at the church and in her home with the neighborhood high school girls.
Ashley has led an Eight Pillars group, and helped train up new leaders, at the Union Gospel Mission Shelter for Women and Children. She has been instrumental in training new Pure Desire leaders and getting their groups started in area churches; traveling and speaking on a leadership team from Lake City Church at Network conferences.
After completing her Medical Assistant program, Ashley worked in a hepatology and gastroenterology office for three years, becoming the Lead CMA and Supervisor. She trained new employees and trained patients to self-administer and maintain their medication at home. She worked closely assisting physicians, while keeping up on her own responsibilities and supervising staff members.
In 2009, when she married her husband, Jon, she stopped working so she could be at home, full-time with her kids.
Ashley grew up in and around the Spokane, Washington area with her mother, stepfather, and two of her sisters. All together she has four sisters and three brothers. Her mother and stepfather were both out of the house much of the time for work, so she would ride a bike, take the bus, or walk to church with her older sister, Amanda. She accepted the Lord when she was 8 years old and has always felt God’s presence with her; even when she began her own struggles, she never felt that He left her.
Her sister, Amanda, was a rock in her spiritual journey. Amanda’s husband, Richard, is the Director of Mobilization and Candidacy for The Mission Society in Atlanta, Georgia. They are now walking through the process of becoming a full-time missionary family. Her oldest brother, David, is also a minister who lives in Spokane, Washington. Her siblings have been pillars in her spiritual growth. Ashley currently attends Lake City Church, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, with her husband, kids, mother, and grandmother.
Ashley loves to be outdoors with her family: camping, fishing, hiking, berry picking, going on evening walks, and playing family sports. She especially enjoys watching her 12 year old twins compete in sports. As a family, they love making a big bowl of air-popped popcorn with M&M's and snuggling up to watch a movie. Ashley loves road trips, drinking coffee, thrift store shopping and board games. Her favorite things include doing anything with her husband, having dance offs with her kids in the kitchen, singing, and painting her nails.
Connection with PD
After Ashley and her husband had been praying and begging God to bring help for the silent destruction that was happening in their marriage, He dropped Pure Desire Ministries directly in their laps. Her husband's pornography addiction (and her unknown codependency) was eroding their marriage and relationship with their kids and God. They knew this was an issue, but had no idea it was an actual brain problem or that there was real help for it. When they heard that their brand new church was offering Pure Desire for the first time, they knew this was God bringing them the help they needed.
The program starting changing their lives immediately! They finally had tools and knowledge about this problem and how they could get out of it with God's help and their commitment to this program. When looking through the Pure Desire materials, it was evident that Ashley needed healing from a broken heart, but also from her own compulsive behaviors. It wasn’t long before Ashley brought Betrayal and Beyond to her church, followed by Behind the Mask and the Eight Pillars of Freedom for women. Ashley’s life – marriage, parenting, and relationships with others and with God – has forever changed.