Meet The Team
Tina Schermer Sellers, PhD
Tina Schermer Sellers, PhD has had a distinguished career as an educator, sex therapist, medical family therapist, speaker, author, consultant, and thought leader. As a preeminent voice on purity culture and Hebrew Mystic Sexuality, Dr. Sellers is frequently featured on podcasts, TV, documentaries, articles and radio, including Spirituality & Health magazine, and NPR’s All Things Considered. In her acclaimed 2017 book, Sex, God and the Conservative Church – Erasing Shame from Sexual Intimacy, Dr. Sellers reveals how the western conservative church in collusion with consumer driven culture and politics, has infiltrated our core ability to attach to our partners, and instruct our children to attach to theirs. She serves as an Associate Professor at Seattle Pacific University.
Her popular blog is filled with inspiring ideas on marriage, parenting, spirituality, sexuality, and culture. Dr. Sellers also founded the Northwest Institute on Intimacy, whose mission is to provide training in sex therapy and spiritual intimacy for psychotherapists and to provide a solid referral source for physicians, clergy, and community leaders.
Her career is built on helping relationships thrive in a context where people see themselves and each other as beloved and allow themselves to heal from religious sexual shame.
Tina lives in Seattle with her beloved Gary, where they have four grown kids, four grand-puppies, the most amazing little granddaughter, and a Westfalia named Lola.
Lauren, a Pacific Northwest native, helped launch the TGFS project with Dr. Tina Schermer Sellers. They had met a few years before, connecting deeply around areas of religious sexual shame as she had experienced the painful effects of conservative Christian purity culture and misogyny. Tina's mentorship and expertise was extremely helpful in her healing process.
She recently graduated with a Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University and is a therapist with Navos. In her free time she enjoys reading, yoga, running, DIY-ing, baking, gardening and good documentaries (reluctantly to admit, bad reality television too). More than anything she loves her kitty Frida, her puppy Bella, and her husband, Adam. You may see Adam around TGFS events and gatherings as well where he often participates. He has his Masters of Divinity, and a doctorate in Semiotics, and has done extensive research around emerging adulthood.
Taylor is soon to be a graduate of the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Seattle Pacific University. Taylor has been Tina's graduate assistant since 2014 and was introduced to TGFS at that time. Unlike the rest of the team, Taylor is from the midwest where it is still not "lady like" to talk about sexuality, and volunteering with this project gives her the voice to do so! Taylor is also interested in the Thank God For Sex project because it directly addresses the effects of sexual shame in many contexts, many of which she have experienced growing up as a woman in a conservative state. Taylor helps plan events in the Seattle area, which is where her passion really is. She loves gathering people from behind computer screens and cell phones to live, in-person events and connect them to others who are struggling, as well as to more resources.
In her free time, she loves to spend time with her husband, John, and her dogs, Olive and Bella. She also loves doing any activity that requires being outdoors. And for the rainy Seattle days, she loves being with her family and watching Netflix.
Rev. Danae Ashley
A native of Spokane, Washington, The Rev. Danae Ashley is an Episcopal priest who has served parishes in North Carolina, New York, Minnesota, and is currently serving in Seattle. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate and seeks to use art, music, drama, poetry, and movement in counseling, spiritual direction, and creation of ritual, especially for pregnancy and infant loss. Danae is a trained facilitator of the Mandala Assessment Research Instrument (MARI), Prepare-Enrich, and Positive Discipline parenting workshops. Proudly joining the TGFS team after taking a class from Dr. Tina Schermer Sellers in the spring of 2015, Danae was inspired by Dr. Sellers’ passion for healing those who have shame around their bodies, sexuality, and faith. She is also part of The Young Clergy Women Project and has written for their online magazine Fidelia's Sisters and their Advent devotional published by Chalice Press, as well as being a contributing writer to the Episcopal Church's online ministry "Sermons that Work." Danae is one of the contributors of the upcoming book Still a Mother: Journeys through Perinatal Bereavement that will be released in February 2016 by Judson Press. Her favorite past times include hiking with her husband and beloved dog, reading, traveling, visiting with family and friends, dancing with wild abandon to Celtic music, and serious karaoke.
Randall was born and raised in Honolulu Hawaii. He lived there for 37 years before moving to Seattle in 2006 to pursue dreams of rock stardom. He has worn a number of different hats throughout his life (drummer, live and recording sound engineer, writer, video producer, barista, and coffee shop manager, to name just a few). He graduated with his MDiv in 2013 from The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology. His capstone project centered around helping the church find better ways of talking about sexuality. Through a variety of connections, he got plugged into the Thank God For Sex project and he's been helping out ever since.
Moving forward, he hopes to get more serious about his writing and is looking forward to starting up a podcast with the Thank God For Sex crew (stay tuned for that!).