2023 Conference


AUGUST 18-19, 2023

Brad Bigney

Lead Pastor of Grace Fellowship Church in Florence, KY; ACBC Certified

Steve Mawhorter

Counselor, ACBC Certified; Former Pastor at NorthCreek Church, now residing in Nashville, TN

Nicolas Ellen

Senior Pastor of Community of Faith Bible Church in Houston, TX; ACBC Fellow

Bev Moore

Counselor, ACBC Certified; MABC from Faith Bible Seminary; Co-author of "In the Aftermath: Past the Pain of Childhood Sexual Abuse"

Venessa Ellen

Counselor, ACBC Certified; Director of Women’s Ministry at Community of Faith Bible Church in Houston, TX; President of Real-Life Women’s Ministry LLC.

Jeremy Pray

Pastor of Biblical Counseling at NorthCreek Church in Walnut Creek, CA; ACBC Training Center Director; ACBC Fellow

SEPTEMBER 15-16, 2023

Lisa Anderson

Counselor, ACBC Certified; ACBC Assistant Supervisor, serving at Christian Family Chapel/The Hope Center in Jacksonville, FL.

Randy Patten

President of TEAM Focus Ministries; ACBC Fellow; Director of Training Emeritus

Kent Dresdow

Senior Pastor of NorthCreek Church in Walnut Creek, CA

Jeremy Pray

Pastor of Biblical Counseling at NorthCreek Church in Walnut Creek, CA; ACBC Training Center Director; ACBC Fellow

Greg Gifford

Associate Pastor of Faith Community Church in Santa Clarita, CA; ACBC Certified

Stuart Scott

Executive Director and Professor of Biblical Counseling at Bob Jones University and Seminary in Greenville, SC; ACBC Member Care Director and Fellow

OCTOBER 20-21, 2023

Kevin Carson

Senior Pastor of Sonrise Baptist Church in Ozark, MO; ACBC and IABC Certified

Dr. Matt Rehrer, MD

Emergency Medicine Physician in Oakland, CA; Director of Adult Ministries at NorthCreek Church in Walnut Creek, CA

Amy Baker

Counselor, ACBC Certified; Director of Ministry Resources and Adjunct Professor at Faith Church in Lafayette, IN; Board of Directors at Vision of Hope

Andrew Rogers

Pastor of Ministry Development and Biblical Counseling at Kindred Community Church in Anaheim, CA; Executive Director of Overseas Instruction in Counseling; ACBC Fellow

Jeremy Pray

Pastor of Biblical Counseling at NorthCreek Church in Walnut Creek, CA; ACBC Training Center Director; ACBC Fellow

Mark Shaw

Director of Counseling at Grace Fellowship Church in Florence, KY; Founder of The Addiction Connection; Authored over 20 publications; ACBC Certified


*$150 - March - August 4th

*The registration cost is one fixed rate for all three weekends (even if a weekend is missed/skipped). Registration cost includes spiral-bound student notes for your registered track.

Cancellation/Refunds will be granted through July 31, 2023 - Should the event need to be canceled; full refunds will be granted.


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:

  • Introduction to Biblical Counseling
  • How to Grow and Change
  • Building Involvement and Giving Hope
  • Gathering Data and Discerning the Problem
  • Providing Instruction and Assigning Homework

Weekend 2:

  • Getting to the Heart
  • Counseling and Integration Theories
  • The Purpose of Marriage
  • The Roles within Marriage
  • Parenting – Instruction & Discipline

Weekend 3:

  • Anger
  • Guilt and Repentance
  • Depression
  • Forgiveness
  • Fear and Worry


For those who have already attended the fundamentals track. 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.

When registering, you will be able to select your preferred workshop for every breakout session. Please note, that some of the workshops are restricted to women only.

Sample Workshops:

Weekend 1:

  • Counseling Angry People
  • The Difference Between a Good Friend and a Great Counselor
  • Gospel Treason (5 parts)
  • Self-Esteem, Self-Image, Self-Love
  • Counseling Women Past the Pain of Childhood Sexual Abuse (2 parts)
  • What I Can and Cannot Control

Weekend 2:

  • Data Gathering that is Organized, Systematic, and Extensive
  • Counseling the Marriage of a Passive Husband
  • Using Psalm 32 to Help Others Confess and Repent
  • The Mind vs. the Brain (2 parts)
  • Sexual Assault: Counseling the Victim
  • Counseling the Widow(er) and How to Help the Church Care for Them

Weekend 3:

  • The Philosophy of Addictions
  • Aging
  • Understanding and Ministering to Those in the LGBTQ Community
  • Biblical Counseling and Suicide: Help and Prevention
  • Dementia: Medical and Spiritual Care
  • In-Laws


General Schedule

Friday: 6:00pm – 9:30pm (check-in begins at 5:00pm)

Saturday: 8:00am – 4:30pm


  • Like last year, our NCT conference app will be available. This will allow us to communicate more effectively, and give you access to all the speaker notes and more!

  • This year, the registration cost will include spiral-bound student notes for the track you’ve registered for. 

  • Snacks and drinks are included in your registration cost. We ask that you eat dinner prior to attending on Friday nights. This year, we will be offering an optional lunch for purchase on Saturdays (more information to come). Alternatively, the schedule will allow you to leave campus for lunch.


We have an agreement with Renaissance Walnut Creek Hotel for $179/night. These slots fill up quickly so don't wait until the last minute. (If these links do not work on your computer, please call the hotel at 925-938-8700 and ask for Carly Jones.)


Alternate Hotels in Close Proximity - Standard Rates Apply

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


  • The NCT Conference is most suitable for those 18 years or older.

  • For safety and legal reasons, children are not allowed on campus during the conference, except newborns/nursing babies.