Marriage Conference

Marriage Conference

Don't miss this opportunity to improve your marriage by learning to better understand, communicate and overcome challenges together! On Friday night we will host comedian, Mike Goodwin and on Saturday and Sunday our featured speaker, Dr. Tate Cockrell, will teach. Registration is now open. The cost is $40 per couple and childcare is provided for those who register for it. The conference will be in the Student Building and Childcare will be provided in the Kids Building.

Guest Speaker

Tate Cockrell, Ph.D, MAMFT, MA
Founder & President, Center for Hope & Reconciliation

Dr. Tate Cockrell was raised in Aberdeen, ScotlandandLaurel, MS. He graduated from William Carey University with a B.S. in Psychology minoring in Biblical Studies. He went to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he earned an M.A. in Religious Education, an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy, as well as a Ph.D. in Psychology and Counseling.

Dr. Tate currently serves as Assistant Director of Doctor of Ministry Studies and Associate Professor of Counseling at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also recently served the 10,000 member Summit Church in Durham, NC as Associate Pastor of Counseling over Recovery Group Ministries where he helped to launch G4 Support & Recovery Groups.

 Prior to moving to North Carolina, he served as Pastor for Member Care at The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham Alabama. Prior to serving at BrookHills he was Family Pastor and Director of the Center for Hope & Healing at Broadmoor Baptist Church in Madison, MS. He also served as Director of Ministries for Dawson McAllister Association, a national youth ministry, where he co-hosted Dawson McAllister Live, a nationally syndicated live radio program reaching 500,000 people each week. He travels throughout the United States and internationally speaking in conferences on marriage, family, grief, parenting, divorce, recovery, and men’s issues.

 He has been married to Wendy Posey of Ellisville, MS for 25 years. They have one daughter, Tatum (23), and twin sons,
Preston and Spencer (15).

Friday Night Comedian

Mike Goodwin is a refreshingly funny comedian, speaker, and leader. His signature bowtie is a nod to his expectation-defying brand of comedy that leaves a variety of audiences - from corporate events to swanky galas - laughing hysterically and completely inspired, without a foul or vulgar word spoken. 
A native of Camden, South Carolina, Mike was raised in a family that had its share of dysfunction. He learned at an early age how to use laughter to pierce through tension and in some cases, ease pain. As a result, he developed an affinity for comedy and used it as a way to cope through difficult situations he faced as a child.
After graduating from high school, Mike enlisted in the United States Army, where he served for a total of 12 years - four in active duty, and the balance as an ROTC cadet and commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Reserves. While attending college at Lander University in Greenwood, SC, he became active on campus and honed his leadership skills by serving as a campus ambassador, hosting events, and joining his fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi. 

Mike holds a master’s degree in Education from the University of South Carolina and worked in secondary and higher education before deciding to pursue stand-up comedy full time. Drawing upon his varied life experiences and career, he’s able to relate to audiences from all walks of life. His vibrant personality, wit, and professionalism make for a unique combination that keeps him booked on stages stateside and abroad, throughout the year.

Whether it’s a comedy act for a church event or keynote address at a conference, Mike uses his ability to merge leadership and laughter, to help meet his goal of leaving places and people better than he found them. He’s appeared on BET, The Word Network, and Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) and was chosen as a participant in the 2015 Boston Comedy Festival and finalist in the 2016 COZI TV comedy competition. 
Mike has shared stages with notable comedians such as Michael Jr, TJ Miller, Todd Berry and John Crist. In 2017, he participated in the USO Europe Comedy Tour. When not on stage, you can find him sharpening his skills as a writer for digital media outlets and platforms.
A southern gentleman with a curious mind, love for people, and heart for God, Mike “The Bowtie” Goodwin is in a class all his own. Offering strength and healing through joy is his life’s purpose and comedy is the vehicle that helps him realize that goal. He resides in Columbia, SC with his beautiful wife Rozalynn and their two children.

Weekend Schedule

Jan, 25th - Friday
6:00p                  Comedian Mike Goodwan

Jan, 26th - Saturday

8:30a                   Breakfast
9:00a                   Session 1             Six Stone Foundations for a Solid Marriage
10:00a                Break
10:15a                Session 2             Communication that Connects
11:15a                Break
11:30a                Session 3             Changing the Way We Fight
12:30p                Lunch
1:15p                   Session 4             Friends & Lovers: Increasing Intimacy
2:30p                   Q&A
3:00p                   Dismiss

Jan, 27th - Sunday  
12:00p                 Luncheon & Session 5                 Spiritual Oneness in Marriage
1:30p                    Dismiss    

$40 per Couple

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