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Every life has dignity and worth because every person is made in God’s image.

However, our sin fools us into believing we are the ultimate governors of creation and the gatekeepers of truth. Our hostility towards God culminated in the crucifixion of the One Who Is His Very Image. But God intended man’s scandalous act of hatred to be His supreme act of love.

By dying and rising again for us, Jesus Christ prepared the way to restore what was broken in us. But only as we know and love the true Image of the invisible God can we be made right again. Only in Christ do we find the power that redeems, renews, and reshapes us into His image. Join us in October 2022 as we look to our Creator to learn how to counsel, encourage, and reclaim the value of those made in His image. 


  • 75+ hours of lecture content covering topics like disability, crisis pregnancy, and ethics in biblical counseling.
  • Opportunity to watch the conference live and interact with other attendees

  • Over 40 different speakers, including Dale Johnson, Stuart Scott, Martha Peace, and more
  • Conference bookstore with discounts on top biblical counseling books


  • Dale Johnson

    Plenary Speaker
  • Denny Burk

    Plenary Speaker
  • Virgil Walker

    Plenary Speaker
  • Camille Cates

    Plenary Speaker
    Personal Testimony
  • Joni Eareckson Tada

    Plenary Speaker
    Personal Testimony
  • Adam Tyson

    Plenary Speaker

Event Schedule

  • In His Image

    Recovering Human Dignity

  • Location

    Bellevue Baptist Church

    2000 Appling Rd,

    Cordova, TN 38016

  • October 3-5, 2022

Monday, October 3

7:30am-8:30am – Registration and Check In
9:00am-10:00am – Pre-Conference Session #1
10:00am-10:15am – Break
10:15am-11:15am – Pre-Conference Session #2
11:15am-11:30am – Break
11:30am-12:30pm – Pre-Conference Session #3
12:30pm-1:50pm – Lunch
1:50pm-2:50pm – Pre-Conference Session #4
2:50pm-3:00pm – Break
3:00pm-4:00pm – Pre-Conference Session #5
2:30pm-5:30pm – Registration and Check In
6:00pm-7:15pm – Plenary Session #1
7:15pm-7:45pm – Break
7:45pm-8:45pm – Breakout Session #1

Tuesday, October 4

9:00am-10:15am – Plenary Session #2
10:15am-10:30am – Break
10:30am-11:30am – Breakout Session #2
11:30am-12:45pm – Lunch
12:45pm-2:00pm – Plenary Session #3
2:00pm-2:15pm – Break
2:15pm-3:15pm – Breakout Session #3
3:15pm-3:30pm – Break
3:30pm-4:30pm – Plenary Session #4
4:30pm-6:30pm – Member Meeting

Wednesday, October 5

9:00am-10:00am – Breakout Session #4
10:00am-10:15am – Break
10:15am-11:15am – Plenary Session #5
11:15am-12:30pm – Lunch
12:30pm-1:30pm – Breakout Session #5
1:30pm-1:45pm – Break
1:45pm-2:50pm – Plenary Session #6


  • Plenaries

    Dale Johnson – Who is Man? 

    Denny Burk – The Decay of Human Dignity

    Virgil Walker – Treating Others with Dignity in a World of Partiality

    Camille Cates – (Personal Testimony) Dispelling the Darkness of Abortion with the Light of Christ

    Joni Eareckson Tada – (Personal Testimony) The Dignity of People with Disability

    Adam Tyson – Human Dignity and End of Life Issues

  • Breakout 1: Disability

    Brad Brandt – Trusting God in Adversity: Case Study of Joseph

    Caroline Newheiser – (Women Only) How Churches Can Minister to Autistic Children

    William Shannon – Expository Counseling

    **Daniel Berger II – Counseling Families with a Child on the Autism Spectrum

    Don Roy – Essential Doctrines for Counseling

    **Ernie Baker – Biblical Counseling and the Body: How Much Emphasis Should the Body Get?

    Henry Beaulieu – Refocusing Those Labeled with PTSD: How to Deal with the Results of Trauma

    Jim Berg – A C.A.R.E. Model for Counseling Addiction Sufferers

    Howard Eyrich – Essentials in Counseling Aging Disabilities

    **Jim Newheiser – The Gospel Divides Families

    **Keith Palmer – How Christ Transforms Us in Our Diseases and Disabilities

    Matt Mumma – Care for Parkinson’s, Dementia, and Other Neurological Disorders

    Omri Miles – Doxological Counseling: How the Glory of God Impacts Counseling Philosophy and Practice

    **Paul Tautges – Creating a Disability-Friendly Culture in Your Church

    Tim Keeter – Helping the Bullied Child

    **Venessa Ellen – (Women Only) Counseling Individuals Who Live Daily with a Chronic Illness

  • Breakout 2: Crisis Pregnancy & Post-Abortive Care

    **Brad Bigney – Growing a Counseling Ministry in the Local Church

    **Bryan Gaines – Teaching Counselees to Pray Biblically

    **Camille Cates – (Women Only) Counseling Abortion-Minded Women

    Glenn Dunn – Phantom Guilt

    Jeremy Pray – When and How to Conclude a Counseling Case

    John Lehman – My Wife Had an Abortion Before We Were Married… How Do I Help Her?

    Josh Weidmann – When God Feels Far Away

    Julie  Ganschow – (Women Only) Counseling the Post-Abortive Woman

    **Randy  Patten  – Evangelize or Disciple—Discerning a Counselee’s Spiritual Condition

    **Robert  Jones – Counseling Couples After Pregnancy Loss

    **Samuel Stephens – Counseling and the Christian Conscience

    Scott  O’Malley – The Importance of Understanding a Life-Story

    **Sean Perron – Is the Birth Control Pill Abortive?

    **Shelbi Cullen – (Women Only) Postpartum and the Christian: When Despair Lingers and Takes Root

    Sue Liljenberg – (Women Only) Post-Abortion Trauma and the Local Church

    Joe Propri – Gender and Identity Issues: Toward a Biblical Understanding

  • Breakout 3: Adoption & Foster Care

    **Andrew Rogers – Doctrine of Adoption and Its Implications for Adoptive Families

    Brad Bigney – Key to Reviving a Broken or Stagnant Marriage

    William Shannon – Expository Counseling

    **Greg  Gifford – Building a Team of Lay Counselors: Encouragers, Counselors, and Trainers

    Jeremy Pierre – Insecurity and Self-Hate: A Biblical Way Out of a Harsh Cycle

    **Jeremy Pray – Helping Others Through Infertility, Miscarriage, and Adoption

    **Jim and Caroline Newheiser – Counseling as a Team

    John Babler – Biblically Informed Trauma Counseling

    **Josh  Weidmann – Best Practices for Virtual Biblical Counseling

    Julie  Ganschow – (Women Only) The Blessings and Challenges of Step-Parent Adoption

    **Kevin Carson – Helping the Adoptive Parent with Parenting for Pre-Teen and Teenage Children

    Lisa Anderson – Counseling the Bizarre

    Mark Hager – Biblical Counseling and the DSM: Translating Psychological Labels into Biblical Terms

    Peter Stazen II – Parental Abandonment: God’s Help in Your Present and Future Fears

    **Randy Patten – Minister the Word Rather Than Dispense It

    **Tim Nixon – Understand Attachment Disorder in Adoptive Children

  • Breakout 4: Biblical Counseling & Ethical Issues

    **Ben Marshall – Counseling and Pedophilia

    Bill Slattery – Church Discipline and Counseling

    Charles Hodges – Ethics in Medicine and Biblical Counseling

    Deborah Dewart – The Rapidly Changing Landscape of Religious Liberty

    **Ernie Baker – Directing a Counseling Ministry, Policies, Procedures, and Protocols

    **Greg Gifford – Biblical Authority is Key to Counseling Transgenderism

    **Howard  Eyrich – Ethical Utilization of Technology in Caring for the Aging

    Jeff Bartz – Gender Identity and the Revolution of the Self

    **Jeremy Pierre – Identifying Abuse: A Biblical Framework

    Keith Evans – Holy Sexuality: A Positive Vision for Biblical Sexual Expression

    **Martha Peace – What Do Biblical Counselors Really Need to Know About Psychotropic Medications?

    Robert Jones – Counseling Couples Facing Infertility

    **Steve Viars – Helping Counselees Grapple with Their Identity

    **Timothy  Pasma – The End – How to Counsel the Dying

    Todd Sorrell – Counseling Obedience and Trust Even When Circumstances are Difficult

    Venessa Ellen – (Women Only) End of Life / Critical Care Decisions

  • Breakout 5: Ethnic Tensions, Prejudice & Partiality

    **Cheryl Bell – (Women Only) Show No Partiality: An Exegesis of James 2:1-13

    Chris Minott – (Women Only) Conflict as a Redemptive Opportunity

    **Abby Bearden – How to Become ACBC Certified

    **Gabe Powell – Getting to the Place of Forgiveness

    George Sanders – A Six-Week Intensive Program for Taming the Wild Tongue

    **Jacob Elwart – Repentance: Seeking God’s Glory Through Self-Confrontation

    James McGowan – Finding and Removing the Three Hooks of Addiction

    Jim Koerber – Counseling Those Who Gossip

    **Jim Newheiser – Using the Parable of the Good Samaritan to Fight Racism

    Joel Wood – Counseling Those Different Than You

    **John  Street – Bitterness Toward God

    Mark Mann – Cain: A Biblical Analysis of an Angry Man

    **Nicolas  Ellen – Addressing Black Lives Matter and White Nationalists from a Biblical Perspective

    **Scott Mehl – Counseling in Cities: Principles, Case Studies, and a Call for Further Development

    Susan Heck – (Women Only) Encouraging Counselees to Memorize Scripture

    Sybrand de Swardt – When Color and Culture Divide

    Tom Sugimura – Grace, Race, and the Church

**Indicates that these sessions are offered in person and virtually

Conference Pricing

If Registered By:August 31, 2022Full Price
Annual and Pre-Conference (In-Person & Virtual)
General Registration$300$320
Married Couple (Per Person)$280$300
ACBC Certified$270$290
Military Members$170$170
Annual Conference Only (In-Person Only)
General Registration$200$210
Married Couple (Per Person)$180$190
ACBC Certified$170$180
Military Members$120$120
Pre-Conference Only (In-Person Only)
General Registration$110$120

Registration Details & Cancellation Policy


All cancellation submissions must be made by logging into your Cvent account or contacting our office. Please note that refunds will only be given up to September 1st.

Cancellation Fees:

· No refunds will be given after September 1st, 2022

· Prior to that up to a 90% refund will be given

CAN I change my registration from in-person to virtual?

To change your registration from in-person to virtual, please fill out this form: Conference Changeover Form. Registrations cannot be changed after September 1st, 2022.


During registration you can add members to your registration group (spouse, fellow church member etc.); however, each attendee will need a unique e-mail address.

Group Watch Virtual Discount

To make our 2022 Annual Conference as accessible as possible to local churches, ACBC is offering deeply discounted group packages for church and ministry groups of 10 or more.

Travel Information

ACBC has secured discounted room rates for hotels near the conference venue. Simply click the links below to book a room using the discounted rates. The room block is for an October 2, 2022 arrival and October 5, 2022 departure. You must book before September 2, 2022 to secure the prices below.

Best Western Plus Galleria Inn & Suites
Sold Out

Rate: $95; Group Code ACBC

Hilton Garden Inn Memphis/Wolfchase Galleria – Sold Out

Fairfield Inn & Suites Memphis East – Sold Out

SpringHill Suites Memphis East / Galleria – Sold Out

Hyatt Place – Sold Out

Holiday Inn & Suites Wolfchase Galleria – Sold Out

The principles of Scripture lead to a practical methodology that must be a vital aspect of a biblical counseling approach.

Join us this fall for Wise and Understanding as we study the book of James to better grasp the framework of wisdom it provides and to explore how this framework can be applied in the counseling relationship.

The pre-conference takes place on Monday, October 3rd from 9:00 am til 4:00 pm and includes 5 plenary sessions delivered by the speakers below.

Joel Wood – Orthodox Demons: Counseling with a Complete Orthopraxy(James 2:14-26)

Tim Pasma – Of Tongues and Teachers (James 3:1-12)

Stephen Yuille – Wisdom from Above:
The Remedy for Relational Breakdown (James 3:13-18)

Lance Quinn – Counseling from James 4

Nic Ellen – The Power and Practice of Patience and Prayer (James 5:13-20)