Postponed until spring 2021

Based on the feedback we have received to date, it seems to be in the best interest for many to reschedule the VFBCC Competent to Counsel Conference for next spring (April or May).  We apologize for any inconvenience but had to make the necessary adjustments given the unique times of COVID we are currently facing.

If you have already registered, we have promptly reimbursed your purchase through EventBrite by putting your payment back on your credit card.  Please stay tuned for a specific date next spring when we expect the heightened attention of the national pandemic to have subsided. 

We are excited to bring you helpful information that can further your ministry effectiveness through the contents of this conference.  We apologize for the delay but want to maximize the spread of this information to as many as possible! Thank you for your patience and understanding!

VIRTUAL Conference Information


September 24, 2020


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Virtual Conference Tracks

Foundations Track

Basics in Biblical Counseling 

Topical Track

Worry | Fear | Anxiety

Advanced Track

Deeper Counseling Issues

Ladies Track

Worry | Fear | Anxiety

Virtual Conference Speakers


Keynote Speaker, Pastor Kevin Carson

Senior Pastor, Sonrise Baptist Church in Ozark, MO

Kevin grew up in Bowling Green, Kentucky, the son of a pastor and often says “it has been my privilege to have lived my entire life in and around church.” In 1990 Kevin moved to Springfield, Missouri to attend Baptist Bible College. There he met his wife Kelly and was married in 1994. Shortly thereafter, he started working as the senior adult pastor at Cherry Street Baptist Church. It was in that ministry where Kelly and Kevin first started talking about planting a church. They are thrilled God brought a team together with them to start Sonrise in 2002.

Kevin also started teaching as a faculty member of Baptist Bible Graduate School in 1999 (now Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary). Kevin also serves as a member of the Ozark Rotary Cub. In the process of all this God has given Kevin and Kelly four children. In his spare time Kevin enjoys family, sports, fishing, hunting, and writing.

Rev. Randy Patten is the President of TEAM Focus Ministries, an organization that seeks to increase the discipleship effectiveness of evangelical Christians and churches through public proclamation of Scripture and private coaching. Previously he served 16 years as the Executive Director of Nouthetic Counselors (NANC), now called the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) since 1997. Prior to serving with NANC/ACBC he served 12 years as a pastor of a local church followed by 12 years as a pastor to pastors and consultant to local churches. He has been involved in training biblical counselors for 34 years, including 24 years at Faith Biblical Counseling Ministries, Lafayette, IN. Randy has a BA from Cedarville University, OH, and M.Div. from Grace Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, IN and has done doctoral studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL. He serves as a trustee of Cedarville University and was a founding board member of the Biblical Counseling Coalition. Randy was a contributor to Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling (Harvest House, 2012), Scripture and Counseling (Zondervan, 2014) and Biblical Counseling and the Church (Zondervan, 2015). He and his wife, Cindy, have been married for 45 years and have 2 grown children and 6 grandchildren. They are long-time members of College Park Church in Indianapolis, IN.


Scott Wendal

Senior Pastor, Valley Forge Baptist

Lamar Eifert

Associate Pastor, Valley Forge Baptist
Director of VFBCC
ACBC Certified Counselor

Sam Aylestock

Associate Pastor, Valley Forge Baptist
Singles Ministry

Rev. Randy Patton

President of TEAM Focus Ministries
Former Executive Director of ACBC


Dr. George Crabb, DO

Internal Medicine,
Millennium Physician Group
Assistant Pastor, Gospel Baptist Church in Bonita Springs, Florida

Debi Pryde

Teacher/Conference Speaker/Lecturer
Lighthouse Baptist Church, CA


VIRTUAL Conference Schedule