Hugh Hefner, creator of the Playboy Magazine and brand, passed away last week (September 27th) at 91 years of age. To say the least, he was a controversial figure. To some, he represented sexual liberation and was seen as an advocate for feminism and women’s rights. To others, he represented the opposite, minimizing women to mere sexual objects. While he did not invent pornography, Hefner was instrumental in making pornography mainstream and acceptable to many.
Having struggled personally with pornography (first with Playboy) and having worked with many men and women who are caught in a cycle of addiction to pornography, I find it difficult to honor the life of Hugh Hefner. He promoted (and lived) a hedonistic lifestyle that was presented as “every man’s dream.” Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see the negative consequences of this in Hefner’s life. Here at WGA, we see these consequences every day in the lives of those who bought into the lie that pornography can be freely used without any ramifications.
If you’d like to learn more about the harmful effects of pornography, I recommend checking out these resources:
In the spring of 1995, the conflict Roger felt between his faith and his sexuality, as well as an addiction to pornography, led him to WGA. His personal journey has provided him unique insights into sexuality and the pain of adversity, which he shares through his testimony, facilitation of small groups, writing and public speaking.
Roger began working with WGA in October of 1996 as the Assistant office Manager. Since that time, he has worn many hats and served in several different positions, including Assistant Program Director and Operations Director. In April of 2007, Roger assumed the position of Executive Director.
Roger attended West Texas A&M University, where he studied Music Business. Much of his training has been “on the job,” where he was mentored by the ministry’s Founder, Mary Heathman, and the Program Director, Scott Kingry. He holds a BA from West Texas A&M University.
Roger, his wife Jill, and their daughter Julia and son William, attend Celebration Community Church where Jill serves as Associate Pastor.
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