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Dr. James Kok
How to Become a Happier Person
Looking at the Average Man or Woman
God is Love. Love is God.
Dr. James Kok has been an ordained minister for 50 years and is the founder of Care and Kindness Ministries, which presents conferences throughout the United States to train and motivate people in the Vision of Care and Kindness. His book, The Miracle of Kindness is the virtual textbook for this vision. He speaks extensively throughout the United States and Canada.
Dr. Kok was Director of Care Ministry for the Crystal Cathedral Congregation of Garden Grove, CA for 29 years. As a certified Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor, he trained churches, pastors and telephone counselors in care methods.
He writes for the Care Capsule and is the author of six books. The most recent one, Transform Belief Into Behavior, has just been released.
Dr. Beverly Battaglia
Changing Lanes; Redefining Retirement
Dr. Beverly Bottaglia, a social psychologist and a popular teacher of college courses, has dedicated her career to the study of change, cultural and generational nuances of age, gender and ethnicity. She has published two books and a long-running subscriber newsletter, "Cross Cultural Connection”, about improved interactions between diverse cultures.
Rev. Jeff Funk
Coping With Loss
There are six steps we need to take on the road to healing the hurt of our loss. This workshop will help you walk through each of those steps. After attending this workshop, participants will: (1) understand the difference between grieving and mourning, (2) be able to describe the cycles and waves of grief, and (3) be aware of the six steps on the journey of grief and gain hope for healing.
Rev. Jeﬁrey Funk has served as a hospital chaplain for over 20 years where he has been confronted with morbidity and mortality on a regular basis. Prior to that, he spent 13 years as a grief counselor in the funeral industry. He and his wife, Kathryn had five children; only two are living on earth. His wife had two miscarriages. His ﬁrst-born son suffered for 24 years with kidney disease before dying. His adopted son has serious mental illness and may never be able to function on his own in society. Jeffrey is a fellow struggler who comes alongside us as we wrestle with coping with loss.
Dr. Sande Herron
Listening: Much More Than Words Can Say
Dr. Sande Whitacre Herron teaches communication/homiletics at the California Graduate School of Theology and is a mentor to doctoral students. She has a private practice as a Life Skills Coach, and often presents seminars. She had problems deciding what she wanted to be when she grew up; her many careers include being a teacher, speech pathologist, psychotherapist, speaker/trainer and minister.
Sandra teaches faith and she practices that faith as she flies around the country with her husband, Jim, in an airplane that he built out of spare parts! Life is a series of victories and struggles, but Sandra has emerged victorious, joyfully answering her calling to serve Jesus Christ.
Dr. Vicki Orr
From Forgiving to Blessing Those Who Hurt You: A Special Journey
Dr. Vicki Orr served for 20 years as a pastor at Presbyterian Church of the Master in Mission Viejo, California. Vicki, a former LOGOS Bible teacher, earned her Master of Divinity in 1985 and her Doctor of Ministry in 1994 from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. She wrote her dissertation on prayer and healing—her own story of the many diﬁerent ways healing comes through the power of God released in prayer. An important part of her education was an intensive one-year Clinical Pastoral Education (C.P.E.) Internship at the Crystal Cathedral in 1985-86, under the direction of the Rev. Dr. Jim Kok.
Abbey Nishimoto, Lon Wagner
How Do We Help?
Abbey Nishimoto is a program director at Kingdom Causes Bellﬂower, a local faith-based non-proﬁt whose goal is to mobilize Christians to love their neighbors well. Abbey loves to see Christians engaged with their under-resourced neighbors, and is excited when churches work together to minister to "the least of these".
Pastor Lon Wagner is the Minister of Discipleship at Bethany Christian Reformed Church. He is a Commissioned Pastor and has years of experience working with the community in a ministry setting. His loving and compassionate approach to helping has made a real difference in our local area.
Telling the Story
Fred Wind is a retired teacher who, for six years, has inspired a growing group of memoirists at Bethany Christian Reformed Church. He also serves as president of the Creative Writers Club of Leisure World, and has published a book of poetry, a collection of short stories, and a family history.