This Day Forward - BC Marriage and Family Conference

February 22-23, 2019

Abbotsford, BC

Christian Life Community Church

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Presenters

Dr. Bill Hamilton

Dr. Bill Hamilton

Dr. Bill Hamilton is a Registered Psychologist and Pediatric Neuropsychologist. Bill has worked with youth for over 30 years, wearing the hats of youth pastor, youth worker, and for the last 18 years, a pediatric psychologist. He has a passion to see teens and parents thrive through every season.

Elective Workshop:

Teen Moods: Ups and Downs of Adolescence
Bob and Denise Dobson

Bob and Denise Dobson

Bob & Denise Dobson are Associate Staff members with FamilyLife Canada and live in Langley, BC. They are a blended family with five adult children and seven grandchildren. Their story includes the tragic death of a spouse in a motor vehicle accident and the painful journey of divorce. In a desire to bring “beauty out of ashes,” their goal in life is to maximize time with family and bring help and hope to others who share their experiences.

Elective Workshops:

The Joy and Challenges of Blended Marriage
Intentional Spiritual Grand Parenting
Stepparenting – In Their Shoes: Understanding a Child’s Perspective
Bryan Petkau

Bryan Petkau

After a two-decade addiction to pornography, Bryan experienced profound freedom through counselling and has since been on a mission to help others. Bryan holds a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology and specializes in treating pornography addiction. He is a professional member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and holds the designation of Canadian Certified Counsellor. Bryan and his wife Krista live in Chlliwack with their three young daughters.

Elective Workshop:

Protecting Children in a Pornographic World
Dr. Doug Allen

Dr. Doug Allen

Douglas Allen completed his BA (hons) and MA at SFU, and then left for the big city of Seattle where he completed his PHD at the University of Washington in 1988. His first job was as an assistant professor at Carleton University in Ottawa. Doug has been with the SFU department of economics since 1990. He is the author of two popular undergraduate microeconomic theory textbooks, several other academic books, and over 60 academic articles and recently won the University Excellence in Teaching Award.

Full Session:

The Value of Family: Personal and Social

Elective Workshop:

Economics Rules for Raising Children
Jason-Krause

Jason Krause

Jason Krause (MA, RCC) has been married for 26 years and has 4 young adult daughters and 1 son-in-law. He has been a counsellor for over 20 years and pastored for 10 years. He is currently on staff at Coastal Church as the assistant minister of Pitt Meadows campus while continuing his counselling practice, Krause Counselling.

Elective Workshop:

Parenting in a Virtual Saturated World – #lifeonline
Jim and Maureen Lucas

Jim & Maureen Lucas

Jim and Maureen have been married for 42 years. Maureen runs a music school and Jim is the founding and lead pastor of Christian Life Community Church. Their two sons, their wives and children attend the same church and are involved in ministry there. Jim is the past president of Canadian Pentecostal Seminary and was Chairman of the board of ACTS Seminary at Trinity Western University. Jim and Maureen enjoy renovating homes in their spare time and can be found near the ocean whenever they get an opportunity.

Elective Workshop:

A Key Ingredient for Parenting: Your Marriage
Jon Mair

Jon Mair

Jon spent the first 17 years of life in Ontario. His parents became missionaries when he was in high school and he completed his last year by correspondence while living in Hungary. After completing a Bachelor of Business Administration at Wilfrid Laurier University, he moved to Langley, BC to complete a Master of Divinity through ACTS Seminary, Trinity Western University. In 2011 he married Renee and they now have a son who is 5 and a daughter who is 3. Jon is currently the Director of Donor Relations at Focus on the Family Canada.

Elective Workshop:

Talking to Your Kids: Sexuality and Gender
Identity
Mike and Karen Woodard

Mike and Karen Woodard

Both Mike and Karen finished their MA degrees at TWU ACTS Seminary in 2008. In the fall of 2011, they made the transition from many years of university student ministry to FamilyLife Canada. Mike and Karen have four grown children and two grandchildren. Mike enjoys backpacking and is a thrill seeker at heart. Karen is convinced one thrill seeker in a family is enough! Mike has authored two books for couples: Love That Lasts (2012) and Relationships Under Construction (2016).

Elective Workshop:

Discipline that Connects with Your Child’s Heart
Neal and June Black

Neal & June Black

With over 30 years of married life and building into relationships, Neal and June’s passion to clearly communicate God’s desire for marriage is contagious as they teach with humour, experience and engaging stories! Their background includes years of pastoral ministry, owning a Christian bookstore, and being on staff with Power to Change Ministries for the past 13 years. June works with FamilyLife in the areas of event prep, hospitality and online video content, while Neal is Associate Director in the area of Leadership Development enabling staff to become fully alive in their giftedness. They love spending time with family and friends — especially if it involves chocolate and playing games! Most of all, they really enjoy hanging out with their two daughters, son-in-law and the latest addition… their first grandchild!

Elective Workshops:

Your Kid Loves Jesus and You helped!
What Your Adult Child Isn’t Telling You

» presented by Neal Black (father) and Mindy Black (daughter)

Mindy Black

Mindy Black

Mindy Black (Neal’s daughter) shares his love for developing leaders and has benefited not only from his teaching, but also from her role as Director of Operations at FamilyLife Canada. At marriage conferences across Canada, she enjoys working “behind the scenes” to ensure the details are well taken care of and guests can step into a welcoming environment. She loves hosting events and exploring how we can make human connections more meaningful. This naturally extends to personal connections and family in particular. Along with her older sister, she’s been teaching Neal and June how to parent since the 90’s.

Elective Workshop:

What Your Adult Child Isn’t Telling You

» presented by Neal Black (father) and Mindy Black (daughter)

Neil and Sharol Josephson

Neil & Sharol Josephson
National Directors of FamilyLife Canada

Neil and Sharol speak at marriage and family conferences and coach couples in all seasons to pursue God’s best in their relationships. They 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 Workshop:

Seasons of Marriage

Full Session:

To a Thousand Generations
Wendy Kittlitz

Wendy Kittlitz

Wendy Kittlitz is the vice-president of counselling and care ministries at Focus on the Family Canada. With graduate degrees in both theology and counselling, she loves using her gifts to serve God’s people. Wendy has been married for 23 years and is mom to two young adult daughters.

Elective Workshop:

Trust-Based Relational Intervention: Parenting Kids from Hard Places