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North and East Pastors’ Conference 2021 – When Darkness Hits Home

North and East Pastors’ Conference 2021 – When Darkness Hits Home – Playlist

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We live in a world full of darkness, and sometimes this darkness barges into the homes of our people in the form of abuse (alcoholism, domestic violence, child abuse, sexual abuse, etc). John writes: “The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world … and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him” (John 1:9-10). In this conference, we will share resources to assist the pastor in his ministry to those who have experienced the darkness of abuse.

Conference Booklet | “Exhibitor Hall”

Sessions

  • Opening Worship Service
  • Everything Must be Divided – Rev. Gabriel Martin
  • Q & A – Rev. Gabriel Martin
  • President’s Report – Rev. Dr. David P. E. Maier
  • How Can a Pastor Help an Abused Person? – Rev. Ronald Farah
  • Q & A – Rev. Ronald Farah
  • CUAA Report – Rev. Dr. Ryan Peterson
  • CEF Report – James Saalfeld, John Bates, and Andrew Sohn
  • Closing Devotion – Rev. Bill Winter

Speakers

Rev. Gabriel J. Martin
Pastor, Zion, Tawas City, Michigan

Rev. Gabriel J. Martin graduated from Concordia University Ann Arbor (2013) and received his M.Div. (2017) from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind. Pastor Martin currently serves as sole pastor at Zion, Tawas City, Mich. He and his wife, Tina, have 3 children.

Rev. Ronald R. Farah
Emeriti

Rev. Ronald R. Farah is a 1963 graduate of Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis, Mo. He has served parishes in Minnesota and Michigan (English and Michigan Districts). In 1975, he earned an M.A. in Psychology from the University of Detroit with a major in Marriage and Family Therapy. Although now retired, he previously served as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and spent a significant amount of time working with congregations in conflict for the Michigan District, LCMS.

Pastor Farah and his wife, Talitha Ann, have been blessed with five children, eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.