SEXUAL TENSION – October 2016


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EXPLICIT Movement presents an event for Young Adults:


Exploring Real Life Pressures
of Sex, Singleness, and Relationships

Featuring Brittni De La Mora, Former Porn Actress



Friday, October 21, 2016


Brittni began working in the adult film industry at the age of 18 and continued for seven years.  Hear her talk about the reality of porn and be impacted by her powerful testimony of how God transformed her life.  She has appeared on television shows such as “The View” and National Geographic’s, “Drugs, Inc.” to share about her knowledge about what the industry is really like.  Brittni and her husband Richard are members of Cornerstone Church in San Diego.  They both have a passion to minister to young adults and see them walk in their God-given destiny.




Also attend a Break Out featuring dynamic local speakers!
Workshop Descriptions:

GENDER TENSION:  Male and Female Differences

By Pastors Marion and Charis Logan, MGMC

Guys, have you ever wanted to understand more about the gals?  Gals, have you ever wanted to know more about the guys?  Marion and Charis share hilarious and unique insight to bring understanding and clarification in guy/gal differences.  Marion speaks to the gals about what he wishes they knew more about guys, and Charis speaks to the guys about what she wishes guys knew about gals.  This is a fun/interactive discussion with time for questions and answers.

DATING TENSION:  A Panel Discussion

Pastor Mark and Jalee Palompo, New Hope Central
Aaron and Koreen Larson, The Living Room
Pastor Scott and Mikela Kobayashi, MGMC
Moderated by Pastor Andrew Yasuhara, First Assembly of God Metro

Let’s face it—dating can be a roller coaster filled with excitement, mystery, and fun . . . and also filled with drama, conflict, and uncertainty!  Hear from this panel about their diverse dating histories and experiences, and how they navigated through their turbulent times.  They will discuss how each person in a relationship brings in their experiences, previous heartbreak, and different worldviews.  This is a fun, interactive panel to discuss the reality of dating. 

SEXUAL IDENTITY TENSION:   LGBT Issues in Grace and Truth

By John Allison, Associate Director, Baptist Collegiate Ministries

Culture sends us a lot of messages about sexuality, but how do we know what’s true?  Views and opinions may constantly change, but God and His Word never change.  Based on scripture and personal testimony, we will explore the truth about homosexuality and gender.  We will learn what the Bible says about loving our gay and transgender friends, experiencing the grace available to all of us, and embracing the reality of self-denial for all believers.

CHOOSING TENSION:  Understanding Sexual Impurity’s Disintegrating Impact

By Senior Pastor Alex Michel, New Hope Town 

Whether it is in the world or in the church, many couples intend to build a relationship that will go the distance in rich and fulfilling ways.  Countless couples engage sexuality as a means of experiencing deep connection and love for one another.  Yet over and over again, these good intentions equate to great tensions as well as the usual disintegration of the relationship.  Why?  This workshop will help participants understand why sex outside of marriage is destructive in relationships, and what things people can do to prepare now to lay the foundation of relationships that can fruitfully last a life time.

RECOVERY TENSION:  Healing Heartbreak

Mari Kanemura LSW LCSW, Ola Hou Clinic
Joshua De Gracia, Know God Know Love

If you’ve ever been heartbroken, you know how hard it is to live a normal life!  Once your heart is shattered due to disappointments, failed dreams or relational storms, it affects everything from family, career, financial outlook and even your health!  It’s crucial to know how to bounce back from painful events that are a part of our lives.  Not only will you hear real stories of heartbreak, but you will discover how to position yourself for God’s healing to take place in your life, how to speak words of comfort and effectively reach out to those around you who are touched by brokenness.

CONTROLLING TENSION:  Guarding Against Abuse

By David Nisthal, Sexual Abuse Treatment Center Hawaii
Satcha Slade,  Wai’anae Seventh Day Adventist Church

This workshop will provide education on sexual violence (definition of, types of, and statistics), address common misconceptions and myths regarding this issue, and equip you with helpful tools to identify and report sexual violence.  You will also learn about resources that support the healing journey for victims.  Furthermore, you will hear Satcha’s heartfelt and inspirational testimony as a survivor and victor over abuse.  

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS: For Pastors/Staff Leaders ONLY

By Brittni and Richard De La Mora, Cornerstone Church of San Diego
Moderated by Pastor Brandon Ahu, Metro Christian Church

Richard and Brittni give special access to pastors and ministry leaders discussing their histories, dating struggles, love story and ministry.  This session is a candid discussion about the real life, devastating circumstances of people who walk into church searching for answers.  Brittni and Richard offer unique insight for how to minister to broken people with God’s acceptance, love, and truth.  A question and answer period will follow as time permits.

Speaker Bios:


MC: Brandon Ahu, New Hope Metro

Brandon serves as the assistant pastor at Metro Christian Church in Honolulu.  A graduate of Kamehameha Schools and the University of Southern California, he is currently pursuing an MA in Global Leadership at Fuller Theological Seminary.  With years of experience as a pastor for youth and young adults, Brandon’s heart is for young people to awaken and rise up to the call placed on this generation.  He just got married this year to his lovely wife Kara.  In his leisure time, Brandon enjoys volleyball, surfing, golf, playing with his dogs, inviting people over to watch football games and eating good food together.



Brittni and Richard De La Mora

Brittni is a former porn star who began working in the adult film industry at the age of 18 and continued for seven years.  She now speaks about the reality of porn and shares her powerful testimony about how God transformed her life.  Brittni has appeared on a number of television shows including ABC’s “The View” and National Geographic’s “Drugs, Inc.”  She and her husband Richard are members of Cornerstone Church in San Diego and both have a passion to see young adults walk in their God-given destiny.



Marion and Charis Logan, Moanalua Gardens Missionary Church

Marion is the Young Professionals Pastor at MGMC.  With the calling to make a difference serving youth and young adults in a multicultural and coastal environment, Marion also works with youth in the community to promote positive, healthy living and leadership.  His passion is to see people maximize their potential, live wholly, know who they are as God’s sons and daughters, love God and others, and see God’s kingdom collide with earth!

Charis grew up in the church and enjoyed life as a pastor’s kid.  She graduated from Trinity Western University with a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences and thoroughly enjoys her job with her dad and boss, Senior Pastor Cal Chinen.  After serving part-time as Middle School Director and then as full-time Youth Pastor, Charis is now Assistant Pastor of Media Ministries and the Children’s Ministry.  She and husband Marion have been married for five years and have two wonderful young sons.  Charis’ greatest joy in life is ministering to people and seeing God bring healing and freedom to their lives. 



Mark and Jalee Palompo, New Hope Central Oahu

Mark is Campus Pastor who oversees the Frontlines and Youth Ministries at New Hope Central Oahu.  He previously served as Youth Pastor of the church for two years and continues to minister to the next generation with his wife Jalee.  Both Mark and Jalee have a passion to see young people rise up to their fullest potential in the Lord.  He graduated from Life Pacific College in San Dimas California with a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies and an emphasis in Youth Ministry.

Jalee has traveled to 21 countries doing volunteer work with various missions organizations, eating lots of bugs and sharing God’s love.  She was a high school youth leader for six years and loved every minute of it.  In 2010, she became Miss Hawaii and was second runner up to Miss America 2011.  Jalee earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from Hawaii Pacific University and worked as a Behavioral Health Specialist for elementary school students in Wahiawa.  Her love for children is what motivates her to serve as a leader for the Children’s Ministry at New Hope Central Oahu.  Mark and Jalee love cave-diving, hiking and watching HGTV together.  They have been married for two years and have a beautiful daughter.



Aaron and Koreen Larson

Aaron and Koreen have been married for over 17 years and with three amazing kids, they have called Hawaii their home since 1996.  Aaron and Koreen were involved with Youth With A Mission (YWAM), leading schools and outreaches in Cambodia, India, Nepal, China, Taiwan and Japan.  They currently serve several local churches with Aaron as a guest speaker and Koreen as a guest worship leader.  Aaron is also the Assistant Director for the Explicit Movement.  They see their calling as loving God, each other, their family and taking strategic opportunities to pour into the rising generation.



Scott and Mikela Kobayashi, Moanalua Gardens Missionary Church

Scott began ministering in the Youth Ministry at MGMC when he graduated from high school and eventually became the Youth Pastor in 2013.  He has a bachelor’s degree in Family Resources from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  Scott’s heart is for youth in Hawaii and around the world to be radically transformed by Jesus Christ; to see them inspired, equipped, and empowered to transform themselves, their families, their schools, and the world.

Mikela is the Middle School Youth Director at MGMC.  She is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology.  Mikela enjoys being in the ocean, dancing hula, completing DIYʻs and a good chai tea latte.  Her dream is to one day travel the world and serve third world communities.  Scott and Mikela are newlyweds who just got married this past summer.



Alex Michel, New Hope Town

Alex Michel is an ordained minister of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel and serves as Senior Pastor of New Hope Town.  He has served on the National Youth Council under the National Foursquare Youth Director, the Directional Team, and the Dean of Students and Director of Student Life at Pacific Rim Christian University where he continues to serve as an Adjunct Professor.  He has also been serving on the Ethics Committee and Pastoral Licensing Team for the Hawaii District Office.  Pastor Alex received his Masters of Divinity from The Kings University in 2011.  He is passionate about equipping leaders and shepherding the body of Christ to experience holistic discipleship in both inner and outer growth into Christ likeness.  Alex has been married to his best friend and ministry partner Jennifer since 1994, and they have four beautiful children ranging in age from eight to twenty years old.



Joshua DeGracia, Know God Know Love

Joshua is the founder of Know God Know Love, a ministry that focuses on expanding God’s love and word to the world through blogging, faith-based conferences and Christian apparel inspired by biblical principles.  He speaks at various churches and organizations, primarily focusing on relationships and dating.  Joshua brings a fresh voice and perspective to dating that inspires single men and women.  His ministry hosts an annual faith-based relationship and dating conference that has continually grown each year.  Joshua is a teacher at Kalani High School and enjoys playing sports, reading, and outdoor adventures.



David Nisthal, Education Coordinator, The Sex Abuse Treatment Center

David Nisthal, M.S.W. is an Education Coordinator for The Sex Abuse Treatment Center (SATC).  He received his M.S.W. degree from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.  Prior to working at SATC, David served as a probation officer working with juveniles and adults and became a certified trainer with the Mentors in Violence Prevention program (MVP).  David joined SATC’s Prevention and Education team a year ago, primarily providing sexual violence prevention and bystander intervention education to colleges and universities across the state.  Currently, David is promoting the [respect] ™ campaign which provides youth and young adults tools to create healthy, respectful relationships in an effort to prevent sexual violence. David can be reached at 808-535-7614 or



Satcha Slade, Wai’anae Seventh Day Adventist Church

Satcha was homeless when she was two years old and a victim of physical, verbal, and sexual abuse from when she was eight years old through her late teens.  She shares her powerful testimony of how she has gone from shame, fear, and pain to becoming an over-comer in Christ.  Her message speaks to people’s value and inspires others with the hope and healing found in God.  She has a passion to see people freed from the cycles and chains of bondage so that they arise to their divine purpose in life.  Satcha is a strong advocate for children, youth and adults who are victims of abuse.



John Allison, Associate Director of Baptist Collegiate Ministries at UH:

John grew up going to church with his family in a small town in Oklahoma.  God led him half way around the world to the middle of the Pacific Ocean when he moved to Hawaii to work for a year with International students at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa.  One year became many years when God told him to stay and grew in his heart a deeply rooted love for the islands and all their people.  John has been working for the Baptist Collegiate Ministries Oahu since 2006, fully convinced that he has the best job in the world.  After graduating from UH in 2009, He has been mentoring, planning events, doing graphic design and travelling; he says he gets to do it all with the coolest people on the planet- college students!  John states, “Who knew that when God asked me what I was doing with my life, He had a plan for me to spend it on an unbelievable adventure in relationship with Him.”



Mari Kanemura, Ola Hou Clinic

Mari Kanemura is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Ola Hou Clinic, providing counseling and therapy to children, teens and women. She has worked extensively for a number of years in the field of death and dying, specializing in loss and grief counseling, abuse, trauma, and relationship issues.  Mari was born and raised in Hawaii and is an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Honolulu and Made in Hope, a non-profit organization committed to ending sex trafficking and violence against women and children.  She and her husband Chris and have two incredible sons.