Schedule (all times are EDT)
Introduction to Biblical Counseling
Domestic Abuse: Setting Ministry Priorities
Counseling Methodology in Biblical Counseling: Pursuing Excellence and Effectiveness
Building and Maintaining Christ-Centered Counseling Ministries in the Church and Community
(Cecelia Bernhardt & Jonathan Holmes)
Friday, October 2nd
General Session 1 – Come Closer (Ed Welch)
General Session 2 – When God Draws Near: Tabernacle as Dwelling Place (Jonny Gibson)
Breakout Block 1
1. Parenting in a Priestly Manner - Julie Lowe & Ron Jones
2. Repentance: Drawing Near to God and Others - Darby Strickland
3. How Friends Help Us Draw Near to God - Jonathan Holmes
4. Closer: A Marital Enrichment Seminar for Couples Desiring to Draw Nearer - Aaron & Kellie Sironi
5. Collaborative Counseling: Working Well with Church Leadership - Michael Gembola
Lunch break - Book Lovers Meeting Hosted by WTS Bookstore
General Session 3 – United to Jesus our High Priest (Alasdair Groves)
Breakout Block 2
1. Beyond Devotional Doldrums: Using Scripture and Prayer
to Foster Intimacy with God - Mike Emlet
2. Drawing Near When Sexual Impurity Feels More Exciting or Desirable - Ste Casey
3. Invited to Draw Near: Tabernacle as Meeting Place - Jonny Gibson
4. How Direct Access to God and the Priesthood of All Believers Changes Christian Marriages - Deepak Reju
5. A Painful Past: Healing and Moving Forward - Lauren Whitman
Special Feature: Interview with Julie Lowe - Building Bridges
General Session 4 – The Doors Have Been Opened: Priesthood Is for All Believers (Julie Lowe)
End of conference day 1
Saturday, October 3rd
General Session 5 – Fellowship, Nearness, and Food (Mike Emlet)
General Session 6 – Making Our Communities Houses of Prayer
(Paul Miller, Discussion with Mike Emlet)
Breakout Block 3
1. Nearness Gone Wrong: When Leaders Fail - Steve Midgley
2. Taking the Path of Our Great High Priest - Paul Miller
3. The Counselor as Priest: Offering Care to Help Others Draw Near to Christ - Jonathan Holmes
4. Drawing Near to Entrenched People - Todd Stryd
5. A Time to Step Back?: God’s Purposes for Relational Distance - Laura Andrews
General Session 7 – Drawing Near in Unity (Aaron Sironi)
Breakout Block 4
1. Watching the High Priest at Work - Paul Miller
2. Racism and Drawing Near: How the Gospel Speaks into a Broken World - Julie Lowe & Ron Jones
3. Living a Priestly Life: Teaching by Example - Robyn Huck
4. Drawing Near When You Prayed and Nothing Changed - Ste Casey
5. Created to Know and Experience Love - Robert Cheong
Special Feature: Interview with Steve Midgley and Ed Welch
General Session 8 – Finishing Face to Face: The Priesthood Fulfilled in the Book of Revelation (Steve Midgley)
End of conference day 2
Featured Guest Speakers
Rev. Dr. Jonathan Gibson (PhD, Cambridge University) is associate professor of Old Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary. Dr. Gibson previously served as associate minister at Cambridge Presbyterian Church in England. He is a contributor to and co-editor (with David Gibson) of From Heaven He Came and Sought Her: Definite Atonement in Historical, Biblical, Theological, and Pastoral Perspective. He is also the author of historical and biblical articles in Themelios, Journal of Biblical Literature, and Tyndale Bulletin, as well as “Obadiah” in the NIV Proclamation Bible. His PhD was published as Covenant Continuity and Fidelity: A Study of Inner-Biblical Allusion and
Paul E. Miller is executive director of seeJesus, the global discipling mission he founded in 1999 to help Christians and non-Christians alike “see Jesus.” Today, seeJesus works in over 30 countries and has books and interactive Bible study materials translated into at least a dozen languages. Paul is the author of more than a dozen interactive Bible studies and books, including the best-selling A Praying Life and J-Curve. If you read any of Paul’s writing, you’ll quickly see that he loves to tell stories—most of which start with his own failures and mishaps and end with God’s faithfulness. Paul is married to Jill, who is known for her sense of humor and faith. They have six children and a growing number of grandchildren and live in the Philadelphia area.
Building and Maintaining Christ-Centered Counseling Ministries in the Church and Community (Cecelia Bernhardt & Jonathan Holmes) | Outline (Holmes) | Outline (Bernhardt)
Counseling Methodology in Biblical Counseling: Pursuing Excellence and Effectiveness (Todd Stryd)
Domestic Abuse: Setting Ministry Priorities (Darby Strickland) | Slides
Introduction to Biblical Counseling (Alasdair Groves)
General Session 1: Come Closer (Ed Welch)
“We enjoy being together.” “We have drifted away over the years.” We judge relationships based on if they are near or far—and we must have some people who are near. Human beings want to be close. In this universal experience our likeness to our God becomes most apparent. The triune God created his people to be close to him and he to them. The story of Scripture is how he pursues us and gives us his Spirit so we can even draw near to him. This session will start in the beginning, in Eden.
General Session 2: When God Draws Near: Tabernacle as Dwelling Place (Jonny Gibson)
One reason God rescued his people out of slavery in Egypt was so that he might live among them. But what does it look like when God draws near to dwell with his people, and how does God choose to do so? This plenary will look at the tabernacle as God’s dwelling place and the rich symbolism it conveys. We will also address how the tabernacle as the dwelling place of God might become the meeting place with him.
General Session 3: United to Jesus Our High Priest (Alasdair Groves)
We are priests because we are connected to The Priest to whom all of Scripture points. What difference does that make to the way we draw near to God and to others? This session will explore the profound nearness we have to Jesus because of our union with him, and how being one with the High Priest changes the way we see ourselves and how we counsel and care for others.
General Session 4: The Doors Have Been Opened: Priesthood Is for All Believers (Julie Lowe)
In the garden, the doors were closed after Adam and Eve sinned. All of humanity lost direct access to God from that point on, and we now needed a mediator between God and us. The Old Testament era provided temporary, imperfect priests to grant limited access. But with the death and resurrection of Christ, we have a permanent, perfect Priest. The doors to God have swung wide open and every barrier is now broken down. Not only that, but God even made a way for us to become priests ourselves, and we live today as a holy priesthood before the world. This session will consider how apprehending the priesthood of all believers transforms us, our love for God, and our love for neighbor.
General Session 5: Fellowship, Nearness, and Food (Mike Emlet) | Outline
You can't read the Bible without encountering multiple references to food and feasts in connection with the worship of God. Food and fellowship go hand in hand. Meals before God have priestly significance. This plenary will explore the intimate relationship between God and his people expressed through the gift of food. We will see how the table is a place God designed for his people to draw near to one another even as they draw near to him.
General Session 6: Making Our Communities Houses of Prayer (Paul Miller)
Prayer has always been a hallmark of the church. The Apostle Paul calls the church to be "faithful in prayer" and to "pray without ceasing." Yet we often struggle to pray, whether we are alone, with others, or in our own churches. How can we grow in being a church who is marked by prayer? Reflecting on Solomon's dedication of the temple as a "house of prayer," and on Christ as our great High Priest whose mediation now gives us direct access to the Father, this session will discuss practical ways we can grow together as a praying community.
This session will include a presentation by Paul Miller, followed by a conversation between Paul and Mike Emlet.
General Session 7: Drawing Near in Unity (Aaron Sironi) | Outline
The Lord does everything possible to draw us near to himself. He then enlists us to move outward in his kingdom in the very same ways. But let’s be honest, in the places where it counts the most, we struggle to do so faithfully. Conflict at home, at church, and in the workplace are often the very places we struggle to love and live in unity. It’s in these places that we battle selfishness, competition, and self-righteousness. This plenary will explore God’s grace to us as we cultivate a unity that bears fruit for the kingdom of God.
General Session 8: Finishing Face to Face: The Priesthood Fulfilled in the Book of Revelation (Steve Midgley) | Slides
In the book of Revelation all the priestly promises that have been anticipated in the unfolding story of Scripture arrive at their fulfilment. Cities and gardens, rivers and trees, temples and altars, jewels and clothes all feature in this climactic vision of glory. Every promise of personal intimacy, every glimpse of divine majesty, and every revelation of spiritual wisdom are finally realized in Christ. God is with his people and they behold him face to face. This wondrous vision of future glory should inform our worship, shape our churches, and animate our love.“The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen”
Breakout Session 1 Options
Parenting in a Priestly Manner (Julie Lowe & Ron Jones) | Slides
The job of a parent is distinctly priestly in nature. As believers, we are called to spiritually disciple and guide our children. As parents we are charged to instill in our youth knowledge of who God is, teach them his ways, and demonstrate how to have a personal relationship with him. This high calling can be daunting for parents, and we need great wisdom to walk with each unique child God has given us. In this session, we will consider together what it looks like to cultivate relationship within our homes, and to foster closeness with the Lord before our children.
Repentance: Drawing Near to God and Others (Darby Strickland) | Outline
If I sin against you and apologize, how do you know if I mean it? Discerning someone’s, even our own, commitment to a path of repentance has significant implications for our relationships with one another and the Lord. We will look at ways that we can help foster the repentance of people who desire to repair their relationship to God and those they harmed. This breakout will also help you recognize signs of a genuinely repentant heart so that you can discern if a confession is sincere.
How Friends Help Us Draw Near to God (Jonathan Holmes) | Outline
The story of Scripture in many ways is a story of friendship. God designed human beings for connection and friendship, but that friendship is broken as a result of our sin and suffering. How can friendship redeem that brokenness and function as a part of God’s redemptive plan to bring us closer to himself? How can we help our counselees and those we minister to build lasting, Christ-centered friendships that draw us closer to God?
Closer: A Marital Enrichment Seminar for Couples Desiring to Draw Nearer (Aaron & Kellie Sironi) | Outline
A couple lives their lives together. They share a home, a family, and a story. But there is a constant pull on every marriage that moves couples further apart and erodes their one flesh union. CCEF faculty, Aaron Sironi, and his wife, Kellie, will take us through an interactive breakout focused on three vital areas of drawing near: purpose/mission, affirmation/building up, and prayer. Although this seminar aims to strengthen couples, everyone is welcome, including helpers, singles, or those whose spouses cannot attend. The private discussion time tailored for husband and wife attendees could also be used for individual, private reflection.
Collaborative Counseling: Working Well with Church Leadership (Michael Gembola) | Outline
This session casts a vision for vocational and lay counseling ministry that affirms a special place for church leaders in the care of souls. We will explore several obstacles to counselors and church leaders partnering well together, such as perspective and role differences, as well as ethical and practical challenges. We will consider examples where strong collaboration is especially important, such as divorce and remarriage, domestic violence, and psychiatric diagnoses.
Breakout Session 2 Options
Beyond Devotional Doldrums: Using Scripture and Prayer to Foster Intimacy with God (Mike Emlet) | Outline
God has provided ways for believers to regularly draw near to him and strengthen our faith. The Word of God and prayer are two important means by which intimacy with God can deepen in the context of our personal devotional times. Whether you struggle to meet regularly with God or have well-established rhythms, there is always room to grow in these spiritual disciplines. This workshop will propose and practice a number of ways to faithfully and creatively engage in Scripture reading and prayer that will strengthen your devotional life.
Drawing Near When Sexual Impurity Feels More Exciting or Desirable (Ste Casey)
Our culture encourages us to draw near to sexual pleasure as a way to satisfy our hungers. We ask darkened sexual pleasure to compensate for our sorrows, lessen our pain, or give us what we feel we need. This powerful draw can ruin our thought life, enslave our hearts, and belittle the grace of God in our lives. For those of us who have drawn near to this sin-trap, there is hope. We can find how the Lord draws near to our failures with grace and renewing, as we draw near to him as the Lord over all our hurts and hungers.
Invited to Draw Near: Tabernacle as Meeting Place (Jonny Gibson)
One of the reasons God instructed Moses to build a tabernacle for him was so that he might dwell among his people. But what good is it if God lives next door to you, but you can’t ever meet with him in his home? This breakout session will explore how the “Day of Atonement” helps to transform God’s tabernacle from dwelling place to meeting place.
How Direct Access to God and the Priesthood of All Believers Changes Christian Marriages (Deepak Reju)
The doctrine of the priesthood of all believers changes both the way we live in marriage and the way we help spouses grow in marriage counseling. First, direct access to God helps us to turn to God for his grace, rather relying on our feeble resources. Second, believers are all priests (1 Peter 2:9), and, as such, husbands and wives are called to minister to their spouse. Join us as we seek to build healthy, Christ-honoring marriages!
A Painful Past: Healing and Moving Forward (Lauren Whitman)
So many of God’s people have events in their pasts that are painful and hard to get over. This pain might have come because of their own choices or ways they have been hurt or victimized by others. No matter the reason, strugglers can find it hard to draw near to God when their past has shame in it. It can be harder still to believe that God wants to draw near to them when they feel like what happened left them broken, scarred, or dirty. When the past casts its dark shadow over people’s lives, how do we represent the God who comes close? This breakout will equip counselors and pastors to walk with people and help them grow in understanding their past and their story biblically. We will consider what God has to say about the past, the present, and the future—and all that he has done to guarantee that a painful past does not determine or define people’s lives.
Breakout Session 3 Options
Nearness Gone Wrong: When Leaders Fail (Steve Midgley) | Slides
Whenever Christian leadership parts company with Christ, either in its content or its character, people are damaged and God is dishonored. Where we hope to find nearness to God and holiness of life, we see instead favoritism, arrogance, fear, and control. Where we hope to find blessing and sacrificial living, we see instead every kind of evil that comes from the abuse of power. How can we identify and guard against such errors, not only in others, but also in ourselves?
Taking the Path of Our Great High Priest (Paul Miller)
Hebrews is attentive to Jesus' sacrifice because he makes a way for us with his own blood. Hebrews is also attentive to how Jesus is shaped by his suffering. In particular, what is the journey of our High Priest, and how does his path shape our paths and the paths of people we minister to? We will discover how transformative it is to see our life through the lens of dying and rising with Jesus. It fills our lives with hope and meaning.
The Counselor as Priest: Offering Care to Help Others Draw Near to Christ (Jonathan Holmes) | Outline
The counselor has a unique and humbling opportunity to draw near to people who are suffering and stuck. Far from being distant or disconnected, counselors should strive to come close to people as we follow Christ’s example of incarnational ministry. From listening and encouragement to covering shame and speaking words of life, the counselor-as-priest plays a trusted role. How can biblical counselors grow and engage our identity as priests to inform how we care for others?
Drawing Near to Entrenched People (Todd Stryd) | Outline
We’ve all had experiences of bumping up against people who are entrenched in their problems and resistant to help or advice. Whether it happens in counseling, parenting, or church ministry it can feel like you’re banging your head against a brick wall. Some entrenched people are in denial and others are indifferent. Thankfully, the Scriptures do not leave us without resources or perspective. This presentation will consider biblical principles that help us understand this phenomenon so that we can minister and respond.
A Time to Step Back?: God’s Purposes for Relational Distance (Laura Andrews) | Outline
God’s redemptive love enables us to draw near to him and experience intimacy with one another. It may sound antithetical, then, to say that honoring others will, at times, require us to allow for or even create distance in our relationships with them. In this breakout, we will look at God’s purposes for relational distance— in relationships where intimacy is desired but unattainable, or where intimacy is attainable but unsustainable. We will consider how to cultivate appropriate expectations for our relationships and practice godly interaction with others.
Breakout Session 4 Options
Watching the High Priest at Work (Paul Miller)
How does the person of Jesus balance compassion and honesty? This seminar looks closely at several gospel stories to discover Jesus' "cadences," his ways with people that in turn give us a template for living in a broken world that needs both grace and truth. We will unpack John Calvin's three-fold insight that Jesus is prophet, priest, and king and how they line up with Jesus' three ways of relating.
Racism and Drawing Near: How the Gospel Speaks into a Broken World (Julie Lowe & Ron Jones) | Slides
Racism, inequality, social justice. How do we draw near to one another in a broken world? In this session, we will discuss the theological truths that need to be the underpinning for true gospel restoration among diverse people. Then we will talk through practical ways to build community with those who are different from ourselves.
Living a Priestly Life: Teaching by Example (Robyn Huck) | Outline
What should the life of a 21st century Christian priest look like? It's all about our heart's posture toward the Lord. In this breakout we will look at four major areas of life where Scripture addresses our hearts. These start as directives that God then calls us to live out so that they become observable behavior. In other words, people will get glimpses of your heart as they see these four aspects of your life.
- How do you approach relationships?
- What is your conversation style?
- How do you steward yourself—your gifts, your skills, your health, your time?
- How do you behave when you are angry?
For each of these, we'll discuss a scriptural model and visual illustration that can be used both for self-examination and for counseling others. As priests, our goal is to live a God-honoring life that displays the heart qualities we want to teach.
Drawing Near When You Prayed and Nothing Changed (Ste Casey)
Seemingly unanswered prayer can feel like the last straw when deciding whether to bring hard things, or our deep desires, before the Lord. In those moments the hopes and beliefs of our heart are revealed. We may doubt God’s goodness, feel unloved, or believe we are at the end of the road with the Lord. So we draw near to other, lesser hopes. Yet, far from being the end of the road, it may just be the beginning of new experiences of grace, change, and joy as we dare to draw near to the God who doesn’t always give us what we think we need.
Created to Know and Experience Love (Robert Cheong) | Outline
Sometimes God seems hidden in the countless pages of the Bible. But God pursues you every moment of every day, specifically your heart. He wants to win your affections. He created you to adore him and to be overwhelmed with his love. He seeks to comfort and care for you as you engage him through his Word. Join us as we walk through God’s story to see how he created us for love. We will also spend time drawing near to God through Psalm 23 so that you can know and experience the love of Christ, both personally and communally.
Edward T. Welch, M.Div., Ph.D. is a counselor and faculty member at CCEF. He earned a Ph.D. in counseling (neuropsychology) from the University of Utah and has a Master of Divinity degree from Biblical Theological Seminary. Ed has been counseling for over thirty years and has written many books and articles on biblical counseling, including When People Are Big and God Is Small; Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave; Blame It on the Brain?; Depression; Running Scared; Shame Interrupted; Side by Side: Walking with Others in Wisdom and Love; and A Small Book about a Big Problem: Meditations on Anger, Patience, and Peace. He and his wife, Sheri, have two married daughters and eight grandchildren. In his spare time, Ed enjoys spending time with his wife and extended family and playing his guitar.
Alasdair Groves serves as CCEF’s executive director, as a faculty member, and as a counselor. He received an MDiv with a counseling emphasis from Westminster Theological Seminary. He was the co-founder of a biblical counseling center in Northern New England where he served as executive director for ten years. Alasdair also served as the director of CCEF’s School of Biblical Counseling for 3 years. He is the co-author of Untangling Emotions (Crossway), has published a number of articles in the Journal of Biblical Counseling, hosts CCEF’s podcast, and has produced many blogs, videos, and audio resources. Alasdair and his wife, Lauren, live in New England with their three children. Alasdair is a fiction enthusiast, plays ultimate frisbee, and loves to produce and enjoy both good food and good music.
Julie Lowe is a faculty member at CCEF. She holds an MA in counseling from Biblical Theological Seminary. She is a licensed professional counselor with over fifteen years of counseling experience. She has extensive experience with women’s issues, sexual abuse, body image issues, parenting, and child maltreatment issues, and regularly speaks at events on these topics. Julie is also a registered play therapist and has developed a play therapy office at CCEF to better serve families, teens and children. She is a trained facilitator for Stewards of Children, a non-profit organization that provides training on child sexual abuse. Julie has trained a therapy dog that she works with both professionally and on a volunteer basis. Julie and her husband, Greg, have six children and serve as foster and adoptive parents.
Mike Emlet is a faculty member at CCEF. He holds an MD from the University of Pennsylvania and an MDiv degree from Westminster Theological Seminary. He worked as a family physician for over ten years before joining CCEF. Mike has counseled for many years and is the author of CrossTalk: Where Life and Scripture Meet, which explores the use of Scripture in counseling, as well as Descriptions and Prescriptions: A Biblical Perspective on Psychiatric Diagnoses and Medications. Mike is married to Jody, and they have two children. He is active in his urban church and enjoys gardening, camping, and creating wheel-thrown pottery.
Aaron Sironi is a faculty member at CCEF and the director of counseling at CCEF Montana. He holds an MS in marital and family therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary. Aaron is a licensed clinical professional counselor and has counseled in community mental health, psychiatric hospital, and outpatient settings. He has a passion for building strong relationships with local churches and loves to come along side pastoral ministers through consultation, training, and counseling services. He lives in Big Sky Country and enjoys all of its outdoor activities with his wife, Kellie, and their three energetic sons.
Steve Midgley is Executive Director of Biblical Counseling UK, and also Senior Minister of Christ Church, Cambridge. Trained as a psychiatrist before being ordained, Steve is a visiting lecturer in biblical counseling at Oak Hill Theological College in London. Steve holds a certificate in Biblical Counseling from the Christian Counseling Educational Foundation. He and his wife, Beth, have three children.
Darby Strickland has a Master of Divinity degree in Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bio-psychology from the University of Chicago. She has been doing formal counseling for over a decade. In addition to serving as a missionary to Northern Ireland for two years, she has also supported the ministry of the church as a speaker at women's retreats, bible study teacher, and support group leader. While focused on marriage and family counseling, Darby has a special interest in working with abused and developmentally delayed children. She and her husband, John, have three young children. Her hobbies include photography, swimming, reading, and word games.
Todd Stryd is a faculty member at CCEF and the counseling coordinator. He holds a PsyD from Immaculata University and an MDiv from Westminster Theological Seminary. His dissertation work explored the relationship between a reformed Christian narrative and the experience of schizophrenia. He has experience as a hospital chaplain, crisis worker, and university counselor. Todd is married with three children. He considers himself a coffee connoisseur and fills his off days with reading Winnie the Pooh and making Lego creations.
Laura Andrews has a Master of Divinity degree in Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Missouri. She has counseled at CCEF for close to a decade and has a passion for supporting and equipping ministry leaders and their families. She serves as an instructor and the manager of online instruction for CCEF’s School of Biblical Counseling. She and her husband, Joel, have two young children, Elijah and Eveleigh, and her hobbies include photography, gardening, singing, playing games with friends and listening to movie scores.
Cecelia Bernhardt is a faculty member at CCEF and the director of counseling. She holds an MDiv from Westminster Theological Seminary and has earned the advanced counseling certificate through CCEF. She has worked in various Christian ministries for many years, including women’s ministries at her church. She enjoys her large family, reading, music, and flowers—live and in watercolor.
Lauren Whitman holds a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary. She has been counseling at CCEF for almost a decade and works mainly with couples and adult women. Her devotional book, A Painful Past: Healing and Moving Forward was released in Sept 2020. Lauren is a frequent contributor to the Journal of Biblical Counseling (JBC) and also serves as an assistant editor for the JBC, which publishes three issues annually. Lauren is married and has two children. She enjoys reading and writing, book clubs, cooking, and big cities.
Michael Gembola (MAR, MAC) is Executive Director of Blue Ridge Christian Counseling, Inc. in Roanoke, VA. Previously he served as the director of congregational care at his church and as a licensed professional counselor at CCEF. Michael teaches at the Blue Ridge Institute for Theological Education (BRITE) and online at Westminster Seminary, where he graduated with Masters degrees in Counseling and Biblical Studies. He is the author of After an Affair: Pursuing Restoration and several articles. He and his wife Kelly live in Roanoke, VA with their two sons.
Deepak Reju serves as the pastor of biblical counseling and family ministry at Capitol Hill Baptist Church (CHBC) in Washington, DC. He did his theological training at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv, PhD). Deepak and his wife, Sarah, have been married since 2001 and have five adorable children (Zachariah, Lydia, Eden, Noelle and Abraham).
Deepak is the author of several books, including On Guard: Preventing and Responding to Child Abuse at Church, The Pastor and Counseling: The Basics of Shepherding Members In Need, She’s Got the Wrong Guy: Why Smart Women Settle, and Pornography: Fighting for Purity.
Robyn Huck is a counselor, speaker, and writer at CCEF New England. Robyn enjoys leading Bible studies and has spoken at many conferences and retreats. She has a passion for connecting biblical truths and comforts to the challenges of life. Robyn and her husband Karl are parents to three grown children and have two daughters-in-law and four grandchildren! They enjoy big band music, fox trot and swing dancing, tandem bicycling, building crazy things (like tree houses), and playing with kids.
Ron Jones has been married to his beautiful wife Monique for 25 years. They have five children, Hannah 20, Ron Jr. 18, Matthew 15, Leah 14 and Kaitlyn 10. Ron received his MDiv. from Calvary Baptist Theological seminary and currently serves as an adjunct instructor in the Bible and Theology department at Lancaster Bible College. Ron also currently serves as the Campus Pastor at Faith Christian Academy in Quakertown Pa, where he oversees the Bible Department as well as teaches and offers biblical counseling to students and staff. He has more recently started a church in Allentown Pennsylvania. Ron has been involved in biblical counseling for over twenty years and is passionate about biblical counseling and teaching others how to do biblical counseling. He has instructed on biblical counseling in churches, at the college level and overseas, serving in China and West Africa on short term mission trips.
Ste Casey is currently serving as a pastor at Speke Baptist Church, Liverpool, which is seeking to reach out to the large council estate where they live. Ste has been studying counselling with CCEF since 2008, and has served as a pastoral intern with CCEF in Philadelphia, PA. He leads and tutors the BCUK certificate course in Liverpool.
Jonathan Holmes is the Founder and Executive Director of Fieldstone Counseling. He also serves as the Pastor of Counseling for Parkside Church. Jonathan graduated from The Master’s University with degrees in Biblical Counseling and History and his M.A. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author of The Company We Keep and Counsel for Couples and the forthcoming Rescue Plan (P&R Publishing, 2021). Jonathan has written for a number of sites and organizations including, The Gospel Coalition, Biblical Counseling Coalition, Christianity Today, and the Journal for Biblical Counseling. Jonathan serves on the Council Board for the Biblical Counseling Coalition; he speaks frequently at retreats and conferences. He and his wife, Jennifer, have four daughters, Ava, Riley, Ruby, and Emma.
Robert Cheong serves as the Pastor of Care at Sojourn Church Midtown, Louisville, KY for the past 14 years. He has a passion for helping the church to be confident in Jesus. He is the Executive Director of Gospel Care Ministries which trains church, network, and mission leaders for discipleship and care in community. He also serves as the Strategist for Care in Sojourn Network. He is the author of God Redeeming His Bride: A Handbook for Church Discipline; “Why We ‘Care’ Instead of ‘Counsel’ One Another” in JBC 30:2 (2016); Restore: Changing Our Patterns of Loving and Living (to be released September 2020). He enjoys life with Karen, his wife of 37 years, along with their adult children and adorable grandchildren.