4:00 – 5:30 pm Keynote Address — Ron Deal
Complexity & Ambiguity: Understanding Stepfamilies
7:00 – 8:30 pm Plenary Session — Ron Deal
Ministering to Blended Families 101: What Every Church Can Do
Ron L. Deal, LMFT
Ron L. Deal is President of Smart Stepfamilies™ and Director of FamilyLife Blended®, a division of FamilyLife®. He is a family ministry consultant and conducts marriage and family seminars around the country; he specializes in marriage education and stepfamily enrichment. He is a leading national expert and the most widely read author on blended families in the country. Ron is author of the bestselling book The Smart Stepfamily: Seven Steps to a Healthy Family (and DVD series), his newest book is The Smart Stepfamily Guide to Financial Planning.
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Plenary Session — Dr. Rhonda Spencer-Hwang
Igniting Resiliency in Families: Wisdom from the World’s First Resiliency Capital for Overcoming What Life Throws Your Way—Part 1
12:00 – 1:50 pm Lunch
2:00 – 3:30 pm Plenary Session — Dr. Rhonda Spencer-Hwang
Igniting Resiliency in Families: Wisdom from the World’s First Resiliency Capital for Overcoming What Life Throws Your Way—Part 2
4:00 – 5:00 pm Breakout #1
5:30 – 6:30 pm Breakout #2
8:00 – 9:00 pm Plenary Session — Dr. Elizabeth Talbot
God's Presence With Us When the Unexpected Happens
Rhonda Spencer-Hwang, DrPH, MPH, CWP
Rhonda Spencer-Hwang, DrPH, MPH, CWP is an Associate Professor and Epidemiologist in the Center for Innovation and Strategy within the School of Public Health at Loma Linda University (LLU). Dr. Spencer has been conducting groundbreaking research over the past eight years studying Adventist centenarians and is one of the first to identify a community of resilient members despite their tremendous burden of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)—a Resiliency Capital region. She has her debut book, Raising Resilient Kids, published in 2021 with Tyndale Publishing House.
11:00 – 12 noon Worship — Dr. Elizabeth Talbot
God's Presence With Us In Every Stage
12 noon – 1:00 pm Meet and Greet with Dr. Willie and Elaine Oliver
12:30 – 1:25 pm Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 pm Breakout #3
3:00 – 4:00 pm Breakout #4
4:30 – 6:00 pm Closing Session – Panel Discussion
Elizabeth Viera Talbot, Ph.D.
Elizabeth Viera Talbot, Ph.D., is the Speaker/Director for the Jesus 101 Biblical Institute, a media ministry of the North American Division of SDA, designed to offer in-depth Christ centered biblical studies resources. Elizabeth is regularly featured on Hope Channel and Esperanza TV, LLBN, ROKU (Jesus 101 channel), and on several international TV channels and other social media venues, as well as radio stations throughout the world. Elizabeth wrote the 2020 NAD devotional book entitled, Jesus Wins!.