Presenters 2017-03-31T16:04:19+00:00
Ontario Marriage and Family Conference Logo

April 28-29, 2017

Toronto, ON | Rexdale Alliance Church

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Neil & Sharol Josephson
Neil & Sharol Josephson
National Directors of FamilyLife Canada

They speak at marriage and family conferences and coach couples in all seasons to pursue God’s best in their relationships. The Josephsons teach from the wisdom of God’s word, the best of modern research and a wide range of life experiences. Neil and Sharol have pastored in Saskatchewan, BC and California. At other times, Neil served as the President of Covenant Bible College for 16 years while Sharol was a TV news anchor and producer as well as the Canadian Director of Operation Christmas Child. Married in 1978, the Josephsons now live in Pitt Meadows, BC the same town as their two married sons, wonderful daughters-in-law and 3 awesome grandkids. Every day they pray 2 things: that couples in need would find help and hope through Jesus Christ and that healthy couples would ‘get in the game’ to bring help and hope to someone else.

[Elective Workshops] Building and sustaining a local church marriage ministry, Together for Good[Full Sessions] Flourishing at home and at work, God’s great gift of family

Ron & Ann Mainse
Leader of Heart to Heart Marriage & Family Ministries

They are known across Canada for their years of hosting the popular 100 Huntley Street TV show, which was founded by Ron’s father David Mainse, as well as Ann’s hosting a women’s talk show, Full Circle. Their ministry vision is to see every marriage become a loving union that creates a safe family haven, building a legacy of hope for future generations. Heart to Heart helps couples discover “Marriage as God Intended” through events, seminars, media and personal marriage coaching. Ron & Ann have been married for 32 years, have three grown children, two of whom are married, and they are “Nana & Papa” to two precious grandchildren.

[Elective Workshops] HIS NEEDS/HER NEEDS, KNOW YOUR REAL ENEMY: And It’s NOT Your Spouse!

Jim & Lynne Jackson
Founders and Leaders of Connected Families

They have worked in the trenches with parents of all kinds since 1993 – single parents, adoptive parents, parents of teens, parents of kids with intense behavior challenges, parents in blended families, parents of wealth and parents in poverty, and any other kind of parent you can think of. Jim and Lynne began Connected Families ( in 2002, and are committed to bringing you content that will challenge, encourage, and equip you to be the thoughtful and confident parent you long to be.

[Elective Workshops] Four strengths of every great family, Discipline that connects with your child’s heart, Siblings: From Bickering to Bonding, Understanding your sensitive or intense child

Peter Jon Mitchell
Senior Researcher at Cardus Family

With Cardus, and before that with the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada, Peter Jon has researched and written on youth and family issues including parental influence on teen sexual choices, family involvement in the youth criminal justice process and education. His articles have appeared in the National Post, Toronto Sun and Law Now magazine, and he has been active in radio, television and print media. Peter Jon resides in Ottawa and enjoys canoeing and camping with his family.

[Full Sessions] The Changing Canadian Family: What does the decline of marriage mean for faith communities?

Natasha Benevides
Pastor of Family Life (Adults) and Administration at Bramalea Baptist Church

In addition to her book “Marriage vs. Living Together, 10 Reasons to Take the Plunge!” she has had a series of works published in Christianity Today and the Toronto Star. Currently in her third year of pursuing a Master’s of Divinity at Tyndale Seminary, Natasha’s passion for reaching cohabitating couples was birthed out of personal experience and the leading of the Holy Spirit. She is also a Certified Marriage Facilitator, Life Coach and Pre-Marital Trainer.

[Elective Workshops] Guiding Cohabitating Couples toward Oneness in God

Mike & Karen Woodard
FamilyLife Canada

They are parents and grandparents with a long history ministering to university students and marriage and families. Mike is the author of two books: Love that Lasts and Relationships Under Construction. They love journeying with couples through the joys and challenges of life via online and face-to-face mentoring.

[Elective Workshops] Stepfamily Ministry, Stepfamily Marriage: Take two, Marriage Life guard, Parenting: The stepfamily two step

Brad & Sylvia Thompson
FamilyLife Canada

Have been married since 1983, They live in Waterloo, ON and have been blessed with two daughters, one son in law and three delightful grandsons.They are passionate about mentoring and have spent the the last 15 years of ministry mentoring students, ministry people and couples.

[Elective Workshops] Marriage Mentoring Part I II III

Kendall & Tamara Schmitke
Authors of Twice as Tight and adoptive parents

They had three beautiful daughters when they fulfilled their lifelong dream of adopting. In 2010 they added a wonderful son to their family through international adoption. Inspired by their experience they published Twice as Tight, a picture book about adoption and have been featured in articles, blog sites and recently on 100 Huntley Street.

[Elective Workshops]  Twice as Tight

Paul and Eleanor Henderson

They have built a lasting, loving and Godly marriage with a single purpose…to leave an unbroken legacy of Christ followers who bless the world. Paul’s life as an NHL hockey player and then as a Canadian hero and hockey icon after the 1972 Summit Series has presented some unique challenges as well as a great platform for the Hendersons, a platform they have used to share the gospel to over 40 years. A wonderful couple with a great message of encouragement for you.

[Full Sessions] Leaving a family legacy

Brett Ullman
Brett Ullman

Husband, father and follower of Jesus. Brett teaches with wisdom on a range of topics – from teen issues to men’s issues to mental health issues borne from his years in ministry and personal experience.

[Elective Workshops] Media. Faith. Culture. Parents 101, The Walking Wounded, The Man Talk

Anton Lim
Anton Lim
High School Transition Program Leader for Power to Change – Students

Since graduating from McMaster University in 2007, Anton has been mentoring college and university students discover Jesus. He has worked at McMaster University, University of Alberta, Georgian College and University of Waterloo. In 2012, lead by a personal conviction, Anton started to explore ways he could help students transition their faith beyond school to ensure they could continue their faith formation. In 2016, Anton began leading the High School Transition Program in a full-time capacity with Power to Change. He is excited to point students and parents to Anton lives in Barrie with his wife Roslyn and their two young and lively boys, Phinehas and Degory.

[Elective Workshops] Preparing your teen for college