A Gathering for Couples in Ministry
Join Amy & Brian Bloye, Sherry & Geoff Surratt, and Deb & Larry Walkemeyer for a dynamic Exponential experience where we will surround you with marriage and parenting wisdom, encouragement, love, and prayer for couples in ministry together. This interactive time of learning will feature key truths from each of the marriage and family books written by these couples, who together offer 100+ years of marriage and ministry experience…
February 26-27, 2018
1:00pm – 5:00pm (Monday)
8:00am –11:30am (Tuesday)
3000 S John Young Pkwy
Speakers / Facilitators
Amy & Brian Bloye
Sherry & Geoff Surratt
Deb & Larry Walkemeyer
For Couples in Ministry
Growing Healthy Marriages
Balancing Family and Ministry Responsibilities
Dealing with the Tensions of Ministry and Marriage
Raising Kids Who Don’t Resent the Church and Jesus
Create a Love-Filled Marriage
Fellowship with Other Like-Minded Couples in Ministry
A great way to invest in your marriage and family. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to be inspired, equipped, recharged and refreshed!
Our Need to Be Surrounded
“I didn’t realize the strain that ministry was putting on our marriage. I knew that it wasn’t what I wanted or what it should be. Yet at the same time, I’d just keep going. Then, when we got away for awhile, it all came crashing down. I feel like the toll on my family—the damage to me, my wife, and my son—has not been worth the fruit of the ministry.”
Christianity Today, Article by Burns, Chapman and Guthrie
Hosts and Facilitators
Amy and Brian Bloye
Amy Bloye joined her husband, Brian, in planting West Ridge Church in Dallas, Georgia in 1997. After more than twenty-four years in marriage and ministry, Amy enjoys encouraging and connecting church planters' wives.
Brian Bloye started West Ridge Church in Northwest Atlanta in 1997. He is passionate about starting new churches and investing in the lives of church planters. In 2011, he co-founded LAUNCH, now called Multiply, to assess, train and coach church planters. He is the president and co-founder of Engage Burkina, an organization devoted to planting churches and digging wells in Burkina Faso, Africa. Brian is also the vice president of the Liberty Church Network and recently started Engage Churches to encourage, equip and connect church planting couples.
Brian and Amy co-authored It's Personal: Surviving and Thriving on the Journey of Church Planting. They have two sons, now in college.
Sherry and Geoff Surratt
Sherry Surratt is the Director of Parenting Strategy for Orange Family Ministry, based in Atlanta. Sherry recently joined Orange after serving as CEO of MOPS International (Mothers of Preschoolers). She also served as Director of Innovation Labs at Leadership Network and as a staff pastor at Seacoast Church in Charleston, SC. Sherry is the author of three books, Brave Mom, A Beautiful Mess and Just Lead! A No Whining, No Complaining, No Nonsense Practical Guide for Women Leaders in the Church.
Geoff Surratt has served on staff at Seacoast Church and Saddleback Church. He now serves as Pastor of Church Planting at Southeast Christian Church in Parker, Colorado as well coaching churches and leaders around the country.
Geoff and Sherry live in Parker, CO and are the proud parents of two brilliant children, Michael and Brittainy and a wonderful daughter-in-law, Hilary. They have two beautiful granddaughters, Maggie and Mollie.
Deb and Larry Walkemeyer
Deb Walkemeyer serves as Co-Pastor of Light & Life Christian Fellowship in Long Beach, CA - a large multi-ethnic urban church that has focused on planting churches locally and globally. She also leads the Light & Life Community Center that is assisting in transforming the neighborhood through various initiatives. As a Master Gardener she pioneered the first Community Garden in Compton, CA where she grows vegetables alongside gang members and prostitutes. As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Deb has helped many individuals and couples in ministry.
Larry Walkemeyer serves as the Lead Pastor of Light & Life Christian Fellowship in Long Beach, CA. With a priority on local and global church planting, Light & Life has been a part of the start of 19 churches nationally and dozens in Ethiopia, Philippines and Indonesia. Larry also oversees the church planting efforts of his denomination in Southern California where they are planting 50 new churches in 5 years.
Larry and Deb have been married for 38 years. They have two adult daughters.