2021 Conference



AUGUST 20-21

Brad Bigney

ACBC Certified | Author of Gospel Treason | Lead Pastor of Grace Fellowship Church, KY

Randy Patten

ACBC Fellow, Director of Training Emeritus | President of TEAM Focus Ministries

Steve Viars

ACBC Fellow/Board of Trustees | Author of Putting Your Past In Its Place | Sr. Pastor of Faith Baptist Church Lafayette, IN


Dr. Charles Hodges

Author of Good Mood Bad Mood | Executive Director of Vision of Hope Residential Treatment

Stuart Scott

ACBC Membership Director and Fellow | Author of The Exemplary Husband & From Pride To Humility | Professor at The Master’s University

Heath Lambert

ACBC Fellow - (Previous Exec Director of ACBC) | Author of Finally Free | Sr. Pastor of First Baptist Church of Jacksonville


Dale Johnson

Executive Director of ACBC | Assoc. Prof. of BC - Midwestern Bapt. Theological Seminary

Nicolas Ellen

ACBC Fellow | Founder and President of the Expository Counseling Center | Sr. Pastor of Community of Faith Bible Church in Houston, TX

Kevin Carson

ACBC Certified | IABC Certified | Sr. Pastor of Sonrise Baptist Church, Ozark, MO


Steve Mawhorter

Pastor of Adult Ministries, NorthCreek Church, Walnut Creek, CA | ACBC Certified

Jeremy Pray

Pastor of Biblical Counseling, NorthCreek Church, Walnut Creek, CA | ACBC Certified

Kent Dresdow

Sr. Pastor of NorthCreek Church Walnut Creek, CA



$120 - April 15 - June 30
$150 (Beginning July 1)
Two Track Options


An introduction to biblical counseling for those who are first time attenders and interested in growing in counseling and discipleship. This contributes 30 hours to the first phase of ACBC certification.

Sample Workshops:

Weekend 1:

  • What Makes Biblical Counseling Biblical
  • Gathering Data & Discerning the Problem
  • Building Involvement and Giving Hope
  • Providing Instruction and Assigning Homework

Weekend 2:

  • Brothers and Sisters: We are Not Therapists
  • Sufficiency of Scripture and the Place of Medicine
  • Counseling Depression
  • Marriage

Weekend 3:

  • When All Hope Seems Lost
  • Anger
  • Fear and Worry
  • Dealing with Trials and Suffering


For those who have already attended the fundamentals track or Cornerstone Self-Confrontation Class. These topics go deeper into biblical counseling and address complex problems from a biblical perspective. These topics change each year so returning attendees can further their training. 

Different This Year for Advanced: We are offering 3 advanced group options with varying topics.  You will stay in the group you select for the entire weekend. You will be able to select a different group each weekend.  Space will be limited for these groups so register early.

Sample Workshops:

Weekend 1:
  • Putting Your Past in Its Place
  • How to Counsel Biblically When It's Just a Cup of Coffee
  • Pornography: As an Ox Goes to the Slaughter
  • Leading People to the Goodness of God

Weekend 2:

  • Brothers and Sisters: We are Not Therapists
  • Counseling Those Who Struggle with Fear, Worry, and Anxiety
  • When Does My Counselee Need to See a Doctor
  • Counseling End of Life Issues
  • Live Role Play

Weekend 3:

  • When All Hope Seems Lost - Psalm 73
  • Cultivating Genuine Repentance
  • Biblical Counseling in the Hospital
  • After the Affair


Friday: 6:30pm - 9:15pm

Saturday: 8:00am - 4:30pm


Due to the COVID Pandemic, you can expect a few changes this year:

  • Snacks and drinks will be available; however, we will not be hosting meals this year.  We ask that you eat dinner prior to attending on Friday night, and eat breakfast prior to attending Saturday morning. The schedule will allow time for you to leave campus for lunch.
  • We will provide Student Notes in digital format only, as opposed to hard copy.  You will have access to the digital notes prior to attending so that you can print them yourselves, should you prefer paper copies.


We have a group rate with Renaissance ClubSport, Walnut Creek, for $139 (a discount of about $40/night).  You will receive a link to our group discount in your registration confirmation. More details will be provided in your registration confirmation email. Please don’t delay as these slots fill quickly.

If there are no longer any spots available in our group rate with Renaissance, the following alternate hotels are in close proximity. Standard Rates will apply:

Walnut Creek Embassy Suites 1345 Treat Blvd. 925-934-2500
Walnut Creek Marriott, 2355 N Main St. 925-934-2000