Are you and your spouse step-parenting, adoptive parenting, or co-parenting?
Have you ever found yourself saying things like,
“What did I get myself into?”
“Why do I feel like a visitor in my own home?”
“I just don’t think I can do this marriage anymore, it’s too hard?”
Do you find yourself daydreaming about living life with your spouse without all the confusion, added frustrations, or outside influences?
Here is what we have found, there are silent struggles that couples often do not address in an effort to keep the ‘peace.’ The problem is that the success of a marriage is not determined by how well you avoid problems, but rather the tools you implement to work through them.
That is why we want you to join us October 6, 2018 at the Doubletree in Beachwood, Ohio for our Beyond Blending Couples Conference. The goal of this conference is to provide couples in blended families with tools to help them refocus on whats most important, THE MARRIAGE.
Join us as we share the stage with speakers and authors such as:
  • Charles Finck, Speaker and Author of “As We Forgive Those: How To Forgive Others, Ourselves And God
  • Michael and Kathryn Ambercrombie-Rodnick, Magazine Contributors and Ramsey Solution Master Financial Coach
  • Eric Graves, Speaker and Founder of D.R.E.A.M.
  • Sara Williams, Founder of Foundations Educational Consulting, LLC.
  • Brandi Moses, Owner of The Called Stepmom
  • Maria Wingard, Bio-Mom, Step-Mom, and BTB Advocate
  • Our Women’s Panel Discussion
  • Our Man Cave Hangout
  • and more!
The room will be full of other couples from across the country that desire to gain tools to help them learn to blend better and make their marriage priority.
We will laugh together, grow together, and build awesome community as we learn how to live Beyond Blending.

Speakers, Sessions, Times and Location subject to change.

Conference Session Speakers:

Willie and Rachel G. Scott

Better Than Blended, LLC, Owners

Speaker Bio:

Together, Willie and Rachel Scott are the Authors of Better Than Blended: Taking Your Family from Surviving To Thriving. Rachel has also written “40&7: A Practical Guide To Having Peace During A Custody Battle” and e-Book, “7 Ways To Deal With Conflict In Co-Parenting”. They are the Founders of Better Than Blended, LLC. A ministry that is dedicated to building blended families that thrive. As children Willie and Rachel both experienced life in a blended family home. When Willie and Rachel joined together in marriage they both desired for their children to have a different experience than what they had themselves. They desired for their children to experience oneness. This was an audacious prayer – Willie had 3 children and Rachel had 2 from previous marriages. They now have a total of 7 children ranging from toddler to adult. Their testimony, as one family, is a catalyst toward redemption for blended families who are struggling to find common ground.

Willie and Rachel know that God has blessed them to “Blend Gracefully”. With wisdom well beyond their years, their goal is to encourage, mentor and equip blended families to become pillars of strength and an awesome testimony of the sustaining power of God’s truth.

Charles F. Finck

Author of As We Forgive Those

Speaker Bio:

Charles F. Finck, M.S. has been counseling and teaching for over 35 years. In 2001 he founded Liberty Cross Ministries. Charlie specializes in individual and marriage and family counseling and teaches nationally and internationally. Formerly a B-52 pilot in the U.S. Air Force, he brings a dynamic and varied history to his presentations. Charlie’s desire is to share the message of hope and healing in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He does this through seminars, schools and scripturally based prayer counseling. His most recent work, As We Forgive Those: How to Forgive Others, Ourselves and God, reveals insights gathered over years of ministry.

Charlie lives in Washington State with his wife, Deborah and their very special son, Jonathan, who they adopted at 24 hours old.

Michael and Kathryn Abercrombie-Rodnick

FPU Graduates & Financial Mentors

Speaker Bio:

Michael and Kathryn Abercrombie-Rodnick have been best friends in marriage since 2015. They have a great passion for seeing other blended families thrive in the area of finances within their marriage. As an FPU Graduate this desire quickly became a reality as they found themselves walking the financial peace journey with many families. They are now Financial Mentors.

Together, they parent Cody (16 years old who was adopted from his first wife), Aaryn (12 years old), Alayna (5 years old), and their newest addition Jameson (4 months). They currently reside in Pennsylvania where she enjoys being a wife, stepmom, and now a bio mom. They love to plan awesome experiences for the kids, like unforgettable birthdays, going outside to explore or running around at the local YMCA. From time to time, they host exchange students that attend their local Catholic high school.

Eric Graves

Author and Owner of D.R.E.A.M.

Speaker Bio:

EG Graves, a professional Life and Family coach for over a decade, has encouraged families to reach their maximum potential in who they are in the Kingdom of God. With over fifteen years of experience in youth ministry and twenty years of experience in performing arts, his message is combined with love and creativity and inspires children and parents alike to raise the standard of their walk with God.

Growing up in a blended family of seven siblings, EG Graves experienced the challenges of living in a home where co-parenting was a challenge and as a result had to overcome rejection and abandonment issues.

EG Graves’ motivational messages have been used effectively in programs for youth departments, schools, faith-based organizations, personal development, businesses, confidence building and theatrical stage performances. His presentations are engaging, thought provoking and of high energy. They focus on ways to walk in our full potential of who God created us to be. EG Graves reveals the steps to expressing our unique talents, and stretching beyond the boundaries of our usual thinking. Coupled with his practical take-away tools, these presentations will leave families educated, encouraged and empowered to live and pursue the God-given call on their lives.

Conference Panel Speakers:

Maria Wingard

Biomom, and Stepmom

Maria Wingard is a first generation American as her mother immigrated from Italy at 16. She and her husband Kevin have been married since 2013. She is a biological mom to her adult son, and now a stepmom to her adult stepdaughter and stepson, both of whom are married. Grandparenthood has blessed them with a granddaughter, step-granddaughter, and a bun in the oven due July 2018.

Maria walked the road of single motherhood for 13 years between her divorce and remarriage. During this time, she spent almost a decade involved in numerous custody battles. This birthed a deep empathy for those walking the divorced battlefield road. She mentors and counsels’ others on how to Biblically deal with divorce, trauma, remarriage and single motherhood helping them to experience healing on their path to wholeness. She has a strong desire to be a source of wisdom and accountability for singles as they learn how to best seek God’s will while contemplating marriage.

Temara Collins-Ford

My TLC Journey, Owner

Temara was a single mother for 14 years until she married in 2013. She and her husband now have a son together who is on the autism spectrum and are learning to blend while choosing to live a healthy lifestyle.

As the creator and Founder of MyTLCJourney, a Wellness Coach, Motivational Speaker, Inspiration and Lifestyle, Blogger and Podcaster, Temara inspires and educates people on how to live a healthier lifestyle by using honest application of truth, humble beginnings, and her infectious love for people.

She is dedicated and committed to lead anyone who will listen. In a place of harmony, by cultivating, inspiring and investing in the innumerable possibilities of wholeness and tranquility. Temara is also an advocate for Autism Acceptance.

Brandi Moses

The Called Stepmom, Owner

Brandi is a thirty-something wife and stepmom of two young adults. She works full-time as an Executive Assistant in the corporate world, but her real passion is ministering to stepmoms from across the country through her blog, The Called Stepmom. She writes about the hope, healing and restoration available to step and blended families, while also sharing funny stories and practical advice from her own journey.

Sara Williams

Foundations Educational Consulting, LLC, Director

Sara Williams is the Owner and Founder of Foundations Educational Consulting, LLC. which provides educational counseling and support to families and students. She is also the creator of Dear Homeschool Mom, a platform that provides resources and encouragement for homeschool families.

Jennifer Underwood

Stepmom, Adopted-Mom and Owner of Hot-Mess Messenger

Jennifer and her husband Vince are a blended family through both adoption and marriage. Their heart is to help other couples navigate the awesomeness of blended family life especially families who have been touched by addiction. Jennifer narrates her talks with God and random thoughts on her YouTube VLOG The Hot Mess Messenger.

Marissa Noydara

Bio-Mom

Marissa is a single mother to a young boy that has been going through a custody battle since 2010 to this present time. She shares her heart and struggles of not having primary custody, God’s purpose over this and what she has learned from years of battling with her son’s father.