Weekend Conference with Dr. Ed Welch

May 10-11, 2019










Speaker: Ed Welch

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.

Conference Description
A weekend conference with Ed Welch, author of Side By Side: Walking with Others in Wisdom and Love, Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave, and When People Are Big and God is Small: Overcoming Peer Pressure, Codependency, and the Fear of Man.
In a time when technology promises constant connection, we are more isolated than ever. Do you find yourself frustrated by a lack of meaningful connection to others? Do you wish you could foster an environment of mutual, sensitive care in your church? Join us to learn together how the Gospel shapes our relationships and equips us for following the Lord Jesus into loving service to others in times of trouble. 
Conference Schedule
    • Friday, May 10, 2019
      • 6:30pm Registration (Grace Books and resource tables open)
      • 7-8pm Session 1 Who We Are: Needed and Needy (Ed Welch)
      • 8-8:30pm Reception (Grace Books and resource tables open)
    • Saturday, May 11, 2019
      • 8am-8:30am Coffee Grace Books and resource tables open
      • 8:30am-9:30am Session 2 Where We Are: The Isolation of Fear and Shame (Ed Welch)
      • 9:30am-9:45 Break
      • 9:45-10:30 Breakouts: Finding Refuge and Connection
        • When Your Marriage Is Falling Apart  (Dale Kuiken)
        • When You Are Struggling with Sexual Sins (Michael Gembola)
        • When You Are a Weary Parent  (Dreama Plybon Love)
      • 10:30-10:45 Break
      • 10:45-11:45 Session 3 Where We’re Going: Side-by-Side Ministry (Ed Welch)
      • 12pm-1pm Speaker Q&A over lunch
      • 1pm-1:30pm Grace Books and resource tables open
Breakout Sessions: Finding Refuge and Connection

When Your Marriage is Falling Apart (Dale Kuiken). This session will address the fears and disappointments you face when your marriage is falling apart, is under great strain, or has ended. It will also help you grow in finding God as your refuge and strength. This session will encourage you to include wise helpers to walk alonside you and support you. All are welcome to attend and will benefit from understanding the unique pain of losing one’s marriage and help you to think of thoughtful ways you can minister the love of Christ to those suffering in this way. We’ll learn to be the proactive, loving body of Christ and to find hope and help others find hope for dark seasons and beyond.

When You Are Struggling with Sexual Sin (Michael Gembola). This session re-frames temptation as an experience of trial and suffering, and explores the ways this framing changes our approach to the issue—what insights we look for, what strategies we employ, what help we ask from friends, and what help we seek from God. Strugglers and helpers alike will be challenged to expand their emotional vocabulary to pray like the psalms, to reach out to God and others, and to faithfully endure, rather than escape.

When You Are a Weary Parent (Dreama Plybon Love). This session acknowledges and affirms the great challenges of modern parenting, from the expectations of constant meaningful connection with our kids to the persistent temptation to compare ourselves to others.  Together we will see parenting as an opportunity to offer love and relationship as a faint but beautiful reflection of the love God our Father shows to us. Parents and those seeking to support parents will both be encouraged to reconsider the call and challenge of parenting with God’s grace and Christian support.

Breakout Speakers

Michael Gembola (MAR, MAC) is Executive Director of Blue Ridge Christian Counseling, Inc. Prior to moving to Virginia, he served as the director of care at his church, as a part-time seminary professor, and as a licensed professional counselor. In addition to counseling, Michael teaches at the Blue Ridge Institute for Theological Education (BRITE) in Roanoke and at Westminster Seminary (PA), where he graduated with Masters degrees in Counseling and Biblical Studies. Michael is the author of After an Affair: Pursuing Restoration. He and his wife Kelly live in Roanoke with their two sons.

Dale Kuiken (BSN, MABC) is a biblical counselor at Blue Ridge Christian Counseling. Originally from New Jersey, she previously served at Redeemer Counseling Services in Manhattan from 2012-2018. In addition to working as a nurse and raising three children, she has served in a variety of church ministries and as a pastor’s wife. She holds a Masters degree in Biblical Counseling from Westminster Seminary. In her areas of counseling focus and expertise she seeks to foster hope for people in the midst of depression, anxiety,  or chronic pain, and to walk with people through difficult seasons of marriage.

Dreama Plybon Love (MA, CFLE) is a certified family life educator with a background of service in education and in the church. After serving as a pastor’s wife, raising her son, and completing a career in education, she transitioned to counseling ministry and is finishing her master’s degree in counseling at Faith Bible Seminary. Although her expertise lies in child development and parenting, she also has a heart for people who are suffering losses of various kinds. She currently serves at Blue Ridge Christian Counseling part-time while also serving as primary caretaker for her elderly parents.  


Many books will be available for purchase from Grace Books during the conference including titles by Ed Welch and other related books.

Grace Books is an independent Christian bookseller located in south central Pennsylvania. We are committed to promoting the truth through the sale of quality evangelical Christian materials that we believe glorify God and edify the church.

You can find us at gracebooksonline.com


Discounted rates for lodging has been arranged with the Holiday Inn Tanglewood.  This discounted rate is good for reservations made by April 26 so don’t delay.

If you are interested in staying here please visit this link: Overcoming Isolation

This link will take you to the Holiday Inn website wear the discount code is already applied. Just select May 10-11 in the calendar and the code is applied. If you want to stay longer you will need to contact the hotel directly and they can help you get set up.

Conference Location

Conference is being hosted at Cave Spring Baptist Church in Roanoke County. Click the address below for google maps.

4873 Brambleton Ave. Roanoke, VA 24018