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Heart Matters Conference

A conference to unite, encourage, and equip biblical counselors in the Pacific Northwest and the lower mainland BC.
September 6 - 7, 2019.

Training begins in .


Participate. Apply. Practice.

This year's main plenary speaker has decades of experience in biblical counseling. Randy Patten is the President of TEAM Focus Ministries, an organization seeking to promote discipleship effectiveness among churches and Christian leaders. He is also the Director of Training Emeritus of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) and formerly served as both a pastor and Executive Director of ACBC (formerly known as NANC).

Randy Patten

Plenary Speaker / TEAM Focus Ministries

Steve Balvanz

Plenary Speaker / Spring Creek Bible Church

Herb Geeslin

Breakout Speaker / Emmanuel Baptist Church

Andrew Larsen

Breakout Speaker / Spring Creek Bible Church

Lives Transformed From The Inside Out

The Gospel has the power to change lives. There is no better place to turn than Scripture-God's manual for life-when issues and difficulties arise. This conference is designed to enable you and equip you to biblically, and effectively, help counselees.

Beginning Counselors

The answers for life's problems are in God's Word. A groundwork will be laid that you can use in any counseling situation.

Intermediate Counselors

You will be pushed both practically and specifically as you develop your skills for all counseling situations, particularly those involving depression and discouragement.

Experienced Counselors

We are those in need of help, assisting those in need of help. Come sharpen your skills and be stretched by a plenary speaker who has been counseling for decades.

Those Seeking Answers

Our hearts need the truth of the Bible applied to our situations. Come grow and change through the truths shared in this conference.


Hosted by Spring Creek Bible Church.

Saturday lunch and snacks throughout the conference will be provided. Spring Creek Bible Church is less than 30 minutes from the Canadian border and easily accessible in NW Washington.

Spring Creek Bible Church
567 E. Kellogg Road, Bellingham, WA 98226


September 6-7 (Friday & Saturday)

Friday, September 6

  • 06:00 - 06:30 - Registration

  • 06:30 - 07:30 - What Makes Biblical Counseling Unique

    Randy Patten / Worship Center

  • 07:30 - 07:45 - Break

  • 07:45 - 08:45 - Evangelize or Disciple: Discerning a Counselee's Spiritual Condition

    Randy Patten / Worship Center

Saturday, September 7

  • 08:30 - 09:00 - Late-Comer Registration

  • 09:00 - 10:00 - Essential Elements of Counseling

    Randy Patten / Worship Center

  • 10:00 - 10:15 - Break

  • 10:15 - 11:15 - Emphasizing the Means of Grace in Counseling

    Steve Balvanz / Worship Center

  • 11:15 - 11:30 - Break

  • 11:30 - 12:15 - Breakout Sessions

    Andrew Larsen & Herb Geeslin / TBD

  • 12:15 - 01:15 - Lunch

  • 01:15 - 02:15 - Helping the Discouraged

    Randy Patten / Worship Center

  • 02:15 - 02:30 - Break

  • 02:30 - 03:30 - Lessons Learned Through Counseling Experience

    Randy Patten / Worship Center

Registration Cost

Take advantage of the full conference or a single day.

Early Bird or Student


per person

Take advantage of the early bird pricing and reserve your seat today. This price includes the full conference lineup and lunch on Saturday.


Registration after August 16


per person

Even if you missed the early bird pricing, don't miss out on the training. This price includes the full conference lineup and lunch on Saturday.


Friday or Saturday


per person

If you can only make one day work, that's ok! Come participate in as many sessions as work for your schedule. If you register for Saturday, lunch will be included.


Early bird catches the worm!

Early bird tickets just $30 until August 16

Sign Up Now!