2018 Annual Conference

September 21-22  |  October 19-20  |  November 16-17

Join us for an opportunity to deepen your walk with Christ as you’re trained and equipped to disciple and counsel others! 

At the 2018 annual conference you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Grow in your own walk with Jesus Christ by studying and applying His Word for life change and growth
  • Be trained and equipped to disciple and counsel others using the Scriptures
  • Refine your skills for ministry in the local church
  • A conference that fulfills the training required for Phase I of ACBC certification

2 Tracks

Track 1
The Basics 

This introductory track is designed to train you in the basics of biblical counseling.

Topics include:

  • Theology of Biblical Counseling
  • The Biblical Process of Change
  • Key Elements of Counseling
  • Comparison of Counseling Models
  • Marriage (roles, communication, intimacy)
  • Parenting
  • Life Topics (depression, anger, worry, trials)
  • Medical Issues in Biblical Counseling

Track 1 can be used to satisfy the training requirement of Phase I of ACBC Certification

Track 2
Advanced Topics: Marriage and Reconciliation

With the recent announcement from ACBC that they will be offering counseling specializations in Marriage and Reconciliation in late 2018, this track will seek to fulfill the instructional requirements for both of these specializations.


Special Guest Speaker:

Dr. Stuart Scott

Stuart Scott is a professor of biblical counseling at the Masters University. He is also the Director of Member Services at the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC), formerly known as the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors (NANC).

He has over 40 years of  experience in counseling and pastoral ministry. He is the author of many books including The Exemplary Husband: A Biblical Perspective, From Pride to Humility: A Biblical Perspective, and Killing Sin Habits: Conquering Sin with Radical Faith. He is married to his wife Zondra, and the have two grown children and grandchildren.

Special Guest Speaker:

Dr. Ernie Baker

Ernie currently serves as Pastor of Counseling at First Baptist of Jacksonville where he helps oversee pastoral care and the Grace Center for Biblical Counseling. 

He received his M.Div. from Capital Bible Seminary, and his D.Min. in Pastoral Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary. Dr. Baker spent many years in pastoral ministry before serving as Professor of Biblical Counseling at The Master’s University and Seminary.

In addition to being a Certified Conciliator with The Institute for Christian Conciliation and a Fellow with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, he is also a Council Board member of the Biblical Counseling Coalition.

Pastor Terry Enns

Terry is the pastor of Grace Bible Church.  Terry has over twenty years of pastoral counseling experience, and is a certified counselor with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC, formerly NANC).  In addition to his preaching and pastoral duties at Grace, Terry maintains an active blog at Words of Grace.

Pastor Bryan Gaines

Bryan is Pastor of Family Discipleship at Grace Community Church in Glen Rose, Texas.  He regularly teaches classes to encourage and equip parents, works in the Student Ministry, leads an adult Care Group, and oversees Grace Preschool.  Bryan also leads Grace Biblical Counseling, LLC.  He is certified biblical counselor with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC, formerly NANC).

Pastor Dan Kirk

Dan Kirk is the pastor of Calvary Bible Church in Fort Worth where he has served since 1994. He and his wife, Christine, have been married for thirty years and by God’s super-abounding grace have raised seven children. Dan is a graduate of Word of Life Bible Institute (N.Y), Tennessee Temple University, Dallas Theological Seminary, and The Masters University from which he received his Master of Biblical Counseling degree. He serves as the director of Calvary Biblical Counseling Ministries and Training Center, and is the vice president of the Fort Worth Biblical Counseling Association. He is also a certified biblical counselor and has been a member of ACBC since 2008.

Pastor Brent Osterberg

Brent is the senior pastor of Living Hope Bible Church in Mansfield, Texas.  He is a certified counselor with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC, formerly NANC).

Dr. Keith Palmer

Keith is the associate pastor of Grace Bible Church.  He oversees all of the counseling training at Grace Bible Institute, and is the director of Grace’s community counseling ministry, Granbury Biblical Counseling.  He is also a Fellow (supervisor), grader, and board member of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors(ACBC, formerly NANC).

Dr. Stephen Yuille

Dr. Yuille is Teaching Pastor/Elder of Grace Community Church in Glen Rose, Texas.  He has served the Lord as a missionary, preaching elder, and as a seminary professor at Toronto Baptist Seminary in Toronto.  He is the author of several books including The Inner Sanctum of Puritan Piety:  John Flavel’s Doctrine of Mystical Union with Christ (Reformation Heritage Books, 2007);  Puritan Spirituality:  The Fear of God in the Affective Theology of George Swinnock (Paternoster Press, 2008);  and Trading and Thriving in Godliness:  The Piety of George Swinnock (Reformation Heritage Books, 2008).


Additional Information


The conference will take place over three weekends.

  • September 21-22
  • October 19-20
  • November 16-17

Each weekend follows the same schedule:

  • Friday – 5pm – 10pm
  • Saturday, 8am – 5pm
  • Early Bird Rate – $125 before Jul 1
  • Regular Rate – $150 between July 1 – August 31
  • Last Minute Rate – $175 – After August 31
Meals and Snacks:

Snacks & drinks will be served throughout the conference.  A complimentary lunch will be served each Saturday over the three conference weekends.

What is ACBC?

For nearly 40 years, the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (formerly known as NANC) has been certifying biblical counselors to ensure doctrinal integrity and to promote excellence in biblical counseling.

*Note: We have a block of rooms reserved for conference attendees at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites Fort Worth West. Rooms are available for $109.00 per night (+tax). This rate will be available until 10 days before the start of the first weekend. If you would like to take advantage of this offer, please ask for the Calvary room block. If you have any issues, please ask to speak with Linda Martin or you can call Calvary Bible Church at (817-738-8456).