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Making It Even Better...A Weekend for Couples

October 21-23, 2016 at Camp Mohaven


What are the characteristics of a healthy relationship? 

Do you and your spouse ever have issues with communication, forgiveness, processing regrettable incidents, or attachments?  Ohio Conference Family Ministries director Buffy Halvorsen and her daughter Stephanie Halvorsen Parrish, both Marriage and Family therapists, will share with couples key tools to help strengthen their marriage.

Whether a newlywed or married for 50 years, this marriage retreat could be for you. October 21 through October 23 at Camp Mohaven in Danville, prices (ranging from $150-240) include meals, lodging, and materials.

Space is limited.

Email Buffy Halvorsen at bhalvorsen@ohioadventist.org for more info, or call Karen Robinson 740.397.4665, ext 126/email krobinson@ohioadventist.org to register.

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Buffy Halvorsen, M.S.
Buffy Halvorsen is a Pastor and Marriage and Family Therapist currently serving alongside her husband who is the President of the Ohio Conference.  She has served on the pastoral staff with her husband Ron      at College View Church (Union College), Sligo (Washington Adventist University) and Keene   (Southwestern Adventist University). They have also worked together at churches in Florida, Washington and Montana. She has served as an adjunct professor (Union College).  Buffy earned her undergraduate   degree in Religion from Southwestern Adventist University; while serving on the campus of Mount Ellis Academy she earned a M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Montana State University.
Ron and Buffy have been married for 35 years and have two married children and two grandsons.
God has called Buffy to help make marriages stronger and heal wounds caused by sin in His children. She is grateful for the honor He has given her to work for Him. She is an International speaker and author of the book “To My King, Open Letters to the God Who Hears.” 
Stephanie Halvorsen Parrish, M.A.
Stephanie Halvorsen Parrish is a Marriage and Family Therapist currently working with youth and families at True Star Behavioral Health in Clallam County, Washington. Stephanie completed her bachelor degree in Psychology at Union College and later went on to earn her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northcentral University. She is also a certified Life Coach and Prepare/Enrich facilitator.  Stephanie will have her first article published this fall in the Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders in Youth.
Stephanie lives with her husband, Doug Parrish and their 2-year-old Golden Retriever, Bogart in Sequim, Washington.  They enjoy spending their weekends  outside hiking and camping together.  
Stephanie's passion is helping people to live fulfilling and meaningful lives. It is her joy to see people experience the love, joy, and peace of God in their marriages, families, and friendships. 

About Buffy Halvorsen...
Buffy, a licensed marriage and family therapist and former pastor for family ministries, shares her many gifts with the conference at all levels.  She serves as Family Ministries director, actively works with pastor spouses and their families, and collaborates with the prayer coordinator for Ohio, Pastor Bob McGhee.  She often travels with her husband, conference president Ron Halvorsen Jr as he visits local churches, spending time getting to know constituents and congregations.  As a couple they lead a statewide prayer initiative (Ohio Prays!), allowing members in each region they visit to come together for prayer and fellowship.
“I ask God to use me to heal broken families, marriages, and people,” said Buffy.  She hopes to “strengthen and deepen interpersonal and spiritual relationships through counseling, education, and the power of prayer.”  Buffy also plans to use her gifts as speaker, presenter, and counselor at the local church level.  To learn more about this new ministry contact Buffy at 740.397.4665, ext 118 or bhalvorsen@ohioadventist.org.

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